The global 500
The 500 largest companies, which are annually published in a ranking by the economic magazine Fortune, as transnational "global players" can be seen as the main protagonists of economic globalization.
Starting point of the project "The global 500" is research done on the websites and the annual reports of the 500 largest transnational companies. The exhibitions and the video are based on a selection of these corporate statements representing different strategies and discourses of economic globalization. These hegemonic globalization theses are discussed, analyzed and criticized by representatives of unions and NGOs, theorists and an economist:
R. Acland (Cultural and Media Theorist, Concordia University Montreal)
In the installation, selected pages of the corporate annual reports, which can be seen as a visual representation of "globalization", are shown in a manipulated version as photographs.
Oliver Ressler: "The global 500", Edition Selene, 112 p., German/Engl.,
BIOGRAPHY - OLIVER RESSLER
Oliver Ressler was born in Austria in 1970, lives and works in Vienna. From 1989 to 1995 he studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna. Oliver Ressler is an artist who carries out projects on various socio-political themes. Since 1994 he has been concerned with exhibitions, site specific projects and videos on issues such as racism, migration, economics, genetic engineering and various forms of resistance.
has had numerous exhibitions in Europe and America, including in Kunsthalle
Wien, Vienna (A), Steirischer Herbst, Graz (A), Kunstraum der Universitaet
Lueneburg (G), Kunstverein Muenchen, Munich (G), Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana
(SI), Centre of Contemporary Art Palau de la Virreina of Barcelona (E),
Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Madrid (E), Truck - Centre for Contemporary
Art, Calgary (CAN), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (USA).