Martin Krenn born 1970 in Vienna, Austria. Oliver Ressler born 1970 in Knittelfeld, Austria. Both live and work in Vienna
© Martin Krenn & Oliver Ressler
Martin Krenn & Oliver Ressler, “Institutional Racism,” 1997. Billboard object in front of the Viennese State Opera, Austria. 
© Martin Krenn & Oliver Ressler

Martin Krenn examines and discusses in his work socio-political topics. He uses different media such as photography, video, and Internet to develop projects that are realized in exhibitions, on the web, and in public space. His projects focus on strategies and methods of resistance against unequal power relations. Selected projects include: “City Views,” photo-text series, research project in urban space in co-operation with city dwellers of migrant background (NGBK, Berlin, Germany, 2003; Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2003; Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden, 2003; Austriacky Forum Kultury, Warsaw, Poland, 2004; Centre d'art Passerelle, Brest, France, 2004; Mala Galerija/Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2004; Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria, 2004; Pumphouse Gallery, London, United Kingdom, 2004; Exciting Europe, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany, 2004; and Territories, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 2004). “European Corrections Corporation” (with Oliver Ressler), container installation in public space that focuses on the phenomenon of the advancing privatization of prisons in Europe and questions the prison institution (real*utopia, rotor & Graz 2003, Austria, 2003; Festival der Regionen, Wels, Austria, 2003; and Kunstraum München, Germany, 2004). And “Demonstrate!,” photo-text series that presents a different view of the “Thursday demonstrations” in Vienna against the FPÖ – ÖVP coalition through collaboration with some of the participants (Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria, 2000; andauernder Widerstand gegen Machtverhältnisse, Graz, 2001; Neubauten, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2001; and Centre d'art Passerelle, Brest, France, 2001). For more info, please visit:

Oliver Ressler is an artist who carries out projects on various socio-political themes. Since 1994, he has been concerned with theme specific exhibitions, projects in public space, and videos on issues such as racism, migration, genetic engineering, economic globalization, alternative economics, and various forms of resistance. Recent solo exhibitions and projects include: Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies (Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2003, and Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg, Germany, 2004) and “European Corrections Corporation” (container installation in Wels, Austria; Graz, Austria; and Munich, Germany 2003/2004, with Martin Krenn). Ressler has taken part in group exhibitions such as: fly utopia! (Transmediale.04, Berlin, Germany); The Interventionists (MASS MoCA, Massachusetts, USA); Emoção Art.ficial II (Itaucultural Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil); Banquete (Centre of Contemporary Art Palau de la Virreina of Barcelona, Spain, and Conde Duque Cultural Centre, Madrid, Spain, 2003); Attack! (Kunsthalle Wien, Austria, 2003); Empire/State: Artists Engaging Globalization (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA, 2002, with David Thorne); Exchange & Transform (Kunstverein München, Germany, 2002); and <hers> (Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria, 2000). He has also taken part in many video festivals in Europe and the US. In 2002, his video “This is what democracy looks like!” won the first price of the International\Media\Art\Award of the ZKM. For more info, please visit:

Contribution: Participate in Station 1: The Equestrian Hall, Aarhus, with “Border Crossing Services,” 2001. Video, 51 min. Courtesy of the artists. Krenn & Ressler also participate with a series of new work on racism for Aarhus: a banner designed for the exterior of The Equestrian Hall and from October 18 – 24, 2004, a series of posters to be installed in 90 light boxes throughout downtown Aarhus.