Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler present their research project ‘Political Artist-Curators’ and then discuss their own practice as a part of the 'Artist as Curator: Collaborative Practices' symposium at the Whitechapel Gallery, 19 April 2013.
lnes Doujak and Oliver Ressler will present and discuss their artistic research project ‘DARK ROOM- Critical Artist-Curators’ (working title), which examines the practice and possibilities of self-critical curatorial practice by artists as a way to develop alternatives collectively and disrupt the traditional sequence of production, presentation and reception. The project, which will result in a participatory public forum in Secession in Vienna from September to November 2014, includes as co-researchers, ten international artists or groups of artists who are involved in the curating of exhibitions as a component of their artistic activities. They will contribute a series of ten process-related presentations or exhibitions, reflecting on the topic by curating other artists in an ongoing series of weekly presentations.
– Ines Doujak and Oliver Ressler, abstract,‘Political Artist-Curators’
lnes Doujak is an artist based in Vienna and London. She is currently working on the long term project, ‘Loomshuttles/Warpaths’, which has recently been shown in her solo exhibition ‘Not Dressed for Conquering’ at the Royal College of Art, London (13-21 March, 2013). She has participated in a number of group exhibitions including the Busan Biennale 2012 and ‘The Potosí Principle’ (Museo Nacional Centra de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2010 and touring). Doujak is working with Oliver Ressler as researchers and project leaders on the ‘DARK ROOM - Critical Artist-Curators’ research project, funded by the Austrian Science Fund.
Oliver Ressler lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Vienna, and produces exhibitions, projects in public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. His projects have been included in solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; and The Cube Project Space, Taipei. Ressler has participated in the biennials in Prague, Seville, Moscow, Taipei, Lyon and Gyumri. For the Taipei Biennale 2008, Ressler curated the exhibition ‘A World Where Many Worlds Fit’. A travelling show on the financial crisis, ‘it's the Political Economy, Stupid’, co-curated with Gregory Sholette, is currently on display at Pori Art Museum in Finland.