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Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom. Oliver Ressler

Published at:24.10.2016

Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom is a project by Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler that has been executed in various formats since 2014. Banners made by 12 artists will be presented on MOCAK’s elevation, showcasing utopian projections that serve the purposes of secession from and resistance to the world of now. Most of these banners were originally produced for the façade of the Secession in Vienna.

Currently (24.10–4.12.2016) we are showing the work:

Oliver Ressler, There Is Not a Flag, 2015

The photomontage shows the Reichstag building, covered with the flag of Germany, juxtaposed with the quotation ‘There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people’, taken from the statement of the US-American historian and political analyst Howard Zinn (1922–2010) made by him in 1986 in response to the US bombing of Tripolis. Oliver Ressler referred to the statement in the context of the contemporary migration policy in Europe. The artist says: ‘The politics of exclusion, implemented by the European Union and supported by the German state, are responsible for the death of thousands of refugees. The flag – until recently a symbol to give shelter for the weaker, is now a cloak for hostile human rights decisions cast in a legislative mould.’ One year after the summer of migration, for Ressler it is clear that Germany’s so-called ‘welcoming culture‘ has come to an end and, like other European states, Germany is supporting politics of a further fortification of Europe.