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"LA Freewaves: New Videos by Oliver Ressler" Opens at the Pomona College Museum of Art

“LA Freewaves: New Videos by Oliver Ressler” will present two recent films by Oliver Ressler—the United States premiere of Ressler’s newest film, The Fittest Survive; and 5 Factories: Worker Control in Venezuela, a 2006 collaboration between Ressler and Dario Azzellini. The exhibition will be on view November 5 through December 17, 2006. An opening reception will be held at the The Pomona College Museum of Art from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 5.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with LA Freewaves, an online magnet for the media arts that is a grassroots yet global arts organization connecting innovative, relevant, independent new media from around the world.

Oliver Ressler is an internationally exhibiting video artist. Many of Ressler’s works are realized as collaborations: the ongoing project Boom! with the U.S. artist David Thorne <http://www.speculativearchive.org> , the videos Venezuela from Below and Disobbedienti with the political analyst Dario Azzellini <http://www.azzellini.net> , and numerous projects on racism and migration with artist Martin Krenn <http://www.martinkrenn.net> . Oliver Ressler was born in Knittelfeld, Austria, in 1970, and lives and works in Vienna.

The Fittest Survive consists of footage filmed during a five-day “Surviving Hostile Regions” training course by the AKE Group in January 2006 in Wales, Great Britain. The course instructors are British ex-special force soldiers and the participants are mainly business people, government officials, and mainstream journalists who are preparing for work in Iraq and other dangerous regions. Primarily filmed by hand camera, the video follows the survival-course participants as they experience the staged reality of live shell bombardments, an assault by armed guerrillas, the rescue of accident victims, and moving through mine fields.

5 Factories: Worker Control in Venezuela documents the changes in Venezuela’s productive sphere as demonstrated by five large companies in various regions: a textile company, aluminum works, a tomato factory, a cocoa factory, and a paper factory. In all, the workers are struggling for different forms of co- or self-management supported in part by the government. The protagonists portrayed at the five production locations present insights into alternative organizational models of workers’ control. The film examines the mechanisms and difficulties of self-organization and strategies for various production processes.

LA Freewaves facilitates cross-cultural dialogues by inventing dynamic new media exhibition forms at experimental and established venues throughout Los Angeles. With its 10th biennial festival of film, video, and experimental new media art, Freewaves launches “Too Much Freedom?” in early November at venues across Los Angeles. The festival, of which Pomona College is part, presents over 150 artists, selected by 10 international curators, and opens officially at the UCLA Hammer Museum on November 3.

The Pomona College Museum of Art is located at 330 N. College Avenue, Claremont. The museum is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (909) 621-8283 or visit www.pomona.edu/museum

The Pomona College Museum of Art collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art. The Museum houses a substantial permanent collection as well as serving as a gallery for the display of temporary exhibitions. Important holdings include the Kress Collection of 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings; more than 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century American Indian art and artifacts, including basketry, ceramics, and beadwork; and a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs, including works by Francisco de Goya, José Clemente Orozco, and Rico Lebrun.