Installation view. Oliver Ressler, Climate Feedback Loops. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2022 © Jules Lister

Climate Feedback Loops, Oliver Ressler

Oliver Ressler is an artist and filmmaker based in Vienna. He produces works on issues such as economics, democracy, migration, climate breakdown, forms of resistance and social alternatives. Climate Feedback Loops was a 2-channel video installation that combined recordings the artist took during an expedition in July 2022 in Svalbard, an archipelago between the Northern coast of Norway and the North Pole.

Temperatures in the Arctic are rising 5-7 times faster than the global average. Svalbard has become a hotspot and is one of the fastest overheating places on the entire planet. The Arctic Sea ice is disappearing at a rate of roughly 13% per decade. This destroys the fragile relations of mutual dependence that make life on this planet possible. The sounds of Arctic collapse in the installation served as an acoustic counterpart to the collapse of the texture of life, which has already begun.

The work was complemented by the film “Carbon and Captivity” (2020) that was recorded in the world’s largest facility for testing carbon capture technologies, at Technology Centre Mongstad in Norway.

This installation was co-commissioned by Absolutely Cultured and donaufestival, and received support from BMKOES.


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Artist bio

Oliver Ressler (born 1970 in Knittelfeld Austria) is an artist and filmmaker who produces installations, projects in public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, migration, the climate crisis, forms of resistance and social alternatives. 

Oliver Ressler has had solo exhibitions at various galleries and museums across the globe and has participated in more than 400 group exhibitions.  

He has also completed 38 films that have been screened in thousands of events of social movements, art institutions and film festivals. In 2002, he won the first prize at the International Media Art Award of the ZKM in Karlsruhe and he is the first prize winner of the Prix Thun for Art and Ethics Award in 2016.  

Since 2019 Ressler directed Barricading the Ice Sheets, a research project on the climate justice movement, funded by the Austrian Science Fund.  

18 January – 2 April 2023

Space 2, Humber Street Gallery


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