What is Democracy?: A Conversation Between Oliver Ressler and Stephen Wright

Thursday, 6 May 2010

18.00 - 19.15, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

Oliver Ressler artwork - British flag on fire
Oliver Ressler, What is Democracy? Image courtesy of the arttist.

Speaker(s): Oliver Ressler (artist, Austria), Stephen Wright (art critic and philosopher)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Sarah Wilson (The Courtauld Institute fo Art) and Lorenzo Marsili (European Alternatives)

On the day of the UK elections, Austrian artist Oliver Ressler will discuss his latest project “What is democracy?” with art critic and philosopher Stephen Wright. The conversation will address the relation between artistic production and political engagement, discussing different artistic strategies to tackle the complex idea of democracy. The questions formulated by Ressler in his work highlight the very controversial issue of how representative democracy is understood, implemented and often “…misused for the maintenance of order by those in power, while at the same time... still representing an ideal hundreds of million people in the South desperately want to achieve”. (From the description of ‘What is Democracy?’

This event is part of Transeuropa, the first transnational festival taking place simultaneously  in London, Paris, Bologna, and Cluj-Napoca (25 April to 10 May 2010). During the festival Ressler's work will be shown at Tate Britain. For more information see

The event will be followed by a reception.

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