This six-part picture story by artist Oliver Ressler imagines a radical way of dealing with the social effects of the climate crisis in the year 2050. In Reclaiming Abundance, global temperatures and the associated disasters have also continued to increase in Styria. Infrastructures based on fossil fuels have had to be abandoned to ensure the development of a CO2-neutral society. An approach that maximises energy self-sufficiency is adopted according to the principles of democratic co-determination and global climate justice. The title of the series refers to the saturated prosperity ascribed to the capitalist present day. The series suggests that general prosperity – i.e. global togetherness in harmony with nature – can only happen after existing social conditions have been dismantled.
Modell Steiermark, from 1972/1980
The Styrian People’s Party
Styrian Model in Discussion, politicum 3, 1981
Verein für Politik und Zeitgeschichte in der Steiermark
Experiment Wohnbau. Die partizipative Architektur des Modell Steiermark (Housing Experiment. The participatory architecture of the Styrian Model), 2019
As an open platform of the Styrian People’s Party in the 1970s and 1980s, the Modell Steiermark (Styrian Model) discussed future issues in all areas of society – open-ended, controversial and extending beyond the horizon of a legislative period.
Shaping Stanz together, from 2016
Municipality of Stanz im Mürztal, SCAN – Agency for Market and Social Analysis, Nussmüller Architects
Stanz is not like any other place. It is situated in the heart of the Mürztal valley, which is experiencing structural change and emigration – and yet this community of 1,848 inhabitants grows by a few inhabitants every year. Together with 21 other European towns, it presents its recipe for success to the EU Commission.
In October 2019 I listened to animals imitating humans, 2019
Sound and Sounddesign: Paul Remund
Building rubble and fragments of sculpture cover the floor in Martin Roth’s sound and space installation. A posthuman landscape of ruin – yet solitary pioneer plants are reclaiming the signs of humankind’s exploitation and destructive power.
Eisen immerdar, 2020
This work is part of the multi-year artistic research project Mapping Painting, which pursues the question of where the colours, pigments and binding agents in a painting come from.
'Als die Autos die Stadt verlassen hatten’ (when the cars had left the city) / Graz – around the Volksgarten park / 2020–2050
Drawing: Christian Brix
Text and narrator: Leo Kühberger
By the year 2050 there will only be a few cars left on the streets of Graz, permanently transforming the cityscape.
Training Democracy, 2012
In Training Democracy, Werner Reiterer explores the social demands of various opinion leaders in his own subversive way. Quotes collected from the American and European pro- and anti-abortion movements from 1999 to 2007 include protest slogans such as ‘Keep abortion legal’ or ‘My body, my decision’.
All things must pass, 2018
Five chains showing the predicted dates of ends of the world that did not take place, and those that are still to come.