The Bull Laid Bear
A film by Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler
On view October 3 – October 16, 2013
Opening Event: Thursday, October 3, 6-8pm
“If I walk in and say, ‘I am going to blow myself up’ in a crowded subway and extort somebody for money, you can probably get people to pay you a lot of money to not blow yourself up. The banks […] were effectively walking around with bombs on them all the time.”
– Yves Smith, The Bull Laid Bear.
In their second collaborative film Zanny Begg (Sydney) and Oliver Ressler (Vienna) focus on the financial and economic crisis post 2008. The Bull Laid Bear “lays bare” the economic recession (bear market) that hides behind each boom time (bull market). The film pokes fun at the slippery justifications made for the bailouts and austerity packages by exploring how governments in the United States, and other countries such as Ireland, turned a banking crisis into a budgetary crisis at the governmental level.
The Bull Laid Bear is structured around a series of interviews with US economists and activists including: William K. Black, a white-collar criminologist; Yves Smith, the author of the blog Naked Capitalism; Tiffiniy Cheng, campaign coordinator for A New Way Forward; and Gerald Epstein co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute in Amherst, MA. The material gathered from these four interviewees has been blended with hand drawn animations to create a quasi-fictitious criminal world of gangster bankers and corrupt courts.
Sydney based performer Singing Sadie provides a sound track for the film with a reinterpretation of Billie Holiday’s classic lament on money, God Bless The Child.
The Bull Laid Bear probes our collective “beliefs” in financial markets, unravelling responsibility for the 2008 financial meltdown and looking at some of the causes of the spiralling economic crisis in Europe.
Join us for the following screenings:
Take The Square: A film by Oliver Ressler (89 min., 2012)
October 17 – October 30
Opening Thursday, October 17, 6-8pm
The Right of Passage:A film by Zanny Begg and Oliver Ressler (19 min, 2013)
October 31 – November 16, 2013.
Opening: Thursday, October 31, 6-8pm
Oliver Ressler, born 1970, lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Vienna, Austria, and produces exhibitions, projects in the public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. His projects have been in solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Kunstraum at the University of Lüneburg; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow and The Cube Project Space, Taipei. Ressler has participated in more than 250 group exhibitions, including the MASSMoCA, USA; Itaú Cultural Institute, Sao Paulo; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven and at the biennials in Prague (2005), Seville (2006), Moscow (2007), Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Gyumri (2012), Venice (2013) and Athens (2013). A retrospective of his 15 films took place at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève throughout 2013. For the Taipei Biennale 2008, Ressler curated an exhibition on the anti-globalization movement, A World Where Many Worlds Fit. A traveling show on the financial crisis, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid, co-curated with Gregory Sholette, was presented at Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki and will take place at Gallery 400 in Chicago. Their book It’s The Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory was published by Pluto Press in 2013. www.ressler.at
Zanny Begg lives and works in Sydney, Australia. Her work revolves around an investigation of the politics of space, both in the broader globalised context and a more specific local one: she is interested in both the architecture of space and the social relationships that construct it. Zanny works in a cross disciplinary manner as an artist, writer and curator. She is currently the director of Tin Sheds Gallery and her recent curatorial projects include The Right to the City, Tin Sheds Gallery and There Goes The Neighbourhood, Performance Space. Zanny was invited to Hong Kong for an Australia-China Council Residency (May 2007), Indonesia for an Asia-Link Residency (June 2008), Chicago for a residency with Mess Hall (2010), Indonesia for an Australia Indonesia Institute Residency (2011) and to Barcelona for an Australia Council Residency (2012). Her recent exhibitions include Emeraldtown, Gary Indiana, Artspace, Sydney, What Keeps Mankind Alive, Istanbul Biennale, Turkey, the Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, Have the cake and eat it too: Institutionskritik und instituierende Praxen, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria, and Self Education – Self organization, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. Her film projects include Treat (or Trick) (2009, 7mins), The Focus Group, (2010, 7mins), Zugzwang (2011 6mins), What Would it Mean to Win? (2008, 40mins, with Oliver Ressler) and Emeraldtown, Gary Indiana (2010, 20mins, with Keg de Souza). For more information: www.zannybegg.com
The Bull Laid Bear: 24 min., 2012
Concept, film editing and production: Zanny Begg & Oliver Ressler
Animation and drawings: Zanny Begg
Camera and interviews: Oliver Ressler
Vocals: Singing Sadie
Piano: Mick Hana
Other music: Captain Ahab
Camera Singing Sadie: Arunas Klupsas
Sound Singing Sadie: Jon Hunter
Sound and image editing: Rudi Gottsberger
Special thanks to Nancy Folbre, Brian Holmes, Jon Hunter, Pascal Jurt, Arunas Klupsas and Singing Sadie.
Financial assistance provided by Kulturamt der Steiermärkischen Landesregierung and Australia Council for the Visual Arts New Work Grant.
Further Information: www.ressler.at | www.zannybegg.com