IN THE RED
Ana Pečar, Oliver Ressler / 2014 / 27 min
SODNI STOLP / sobota /  30.8.2014 / 10:00

“In the Red” je film o skupini Strike debt, organizaciji, ki se je formirala med Occupy Wall Street protesti v New Yorku. Skupina je organizirana okrog teme dolga, ki predstavlja sredstvo kontrole in ekonomske moči. Strike debt vpeljuje in sproža razne aktivnosti s katerimi razkriva prikrite mehanizme finančnega kapitalizma. Podobno kot gibanje Occupy, je skupina organizirana v več interesnih podskupin: teoretična veja izdaja priročnik z naslovom ‘Priročnik z napotki za upornika dolgu’ za tiste, ki se nameravajo odpovedati svojemu dolgu. Skupina za dejavnosti organizira proteste, nudi brezplačno zdravniško pomoč in informacije o aktivnostih skupine. Skupina z imenom Rolling Jubilee (ime izhaja iz arhaične prakse, ko se je na vsako določeno obdobje odpisalo ljudem njihov dolg) pa odkupuje velike dele osebnega dolga, ki so ga banke odpisale, za zelo male vsote; potem ta dolg odpiše in tako osvobodi dolžnike njihovega dolga. S tem velikopoteznim dejanjem skupina Strike debt širi informacije o načinu delovanja drugotnega trga z dolgovi. Malokdo v ZDA namreč ve, da ko posamezniki več ne zmorejo plačevati svojih dolgov bodisi iz kreditnih kartic, posojil ali zdravstvenega zavarovanja, njihova banka navadno proda ta dolg nekomu tretjemu. Te kupčije se sklepajo za mali delež vrednosti dolga – navadno za 5 centov v vrednosti 1 dolarja – in podjetja, ki odkupijo dolg, le-tega potem terjajo od dolžnika in pri tem ustvarjajo visoke dobičke.

“In the Red” sledi supini več mesecev ter se udejstvuje v intimnih pogovorih z njenimi člani. Skozi film je razviden skupinski način odločanja in snovanja.

AVTORJI


Oliver Ressler

born 1970, lives and works in Vienna and produces installations, 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; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; The Cube Project Space, Taipei; and Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk. Ressler has participated in more than 250 group exhibitions, including the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; MASSMoCA, USA; Itaú Cultural Institute, Sao Paulo; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; and at the biennials in Seville (2006), Moscow (2007), Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Gyumri (2012), Venice (2013), Athens (2013) and Quebec (2014). A retrospective of his 17 films took place at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève throughout 2013. For the Taipei Biennale 2008, Ressler curated A World Where Many Worlds Fit; and in collaboration with Gregory Sholette the exhibition cycle It’s the Political Economy, Stupid (Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Pori Art Museum, Finland; Gallery 400, Chicago; and others). In collaboration with Ines Doujak he co-curates Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom for Secession in Vienna throughout 2014. Ressler is currently preparing a cycle of solo exhibitions that will be presented at Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; NBK, Berlin; ar/ge kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano; and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo – CAAC, Seville between the end of 2014 and 2016. www.ressler.at

Ana Pečar

is video and intermedia artist. She is active as an organizer of public events through which she communicates artistic and collective currents. She achieved formal education on Corcoran School of art and University of Maribor and gained additional skills on numerous workshops and residencies.

KOLOFON


Directors, producers and editors: Ana Pecar & Oliver Ressler
Camera: Ana Pecar
Additional camera: Thomas Parb
Sound design, mix and color correction: Rudolf Gottsberger
Participants: Alex, Ann, Jacques, Laura, Nicky, Ohyoon, Sandy, Sean, Winter
Music: David Backer, Carlos Mandelbaum
Special thanks to Strike Debt – strikedebt.org, Stacy Lanyon, Mike Watson
The project was funded partly through support of The Gallery Apart, Rome and Ministry of Culture Slovenia

SYNOPSIS


In the Red is a film about the Strike Debt group, an offshoot organization of Occupy Wall Street in New York City. The group organizes around debts, an instrument of control and maintenance of economic power. Strike Debt initiates several activities to expose hidden mechanisms of financial capitalism. Similar to Occupy, the movement organizes along affinity groups: The theory group issues a handbook—the Debt Resistors’ Operations Manual—for those attempting to renounce their debt. The action group organizes protests, provides free medical care and information about their activities. The Rolling Jubilee group buys, for very little money, the huge amounts of personal debt the banks have already written off; they then “abolish” the debts and therefore free the debtors from their bills. By this grandiose act, Strike Debt spreads information about how the secondary debt market is working. Few people in the U.S. know that when individuals consistently fail to pay bills from credit cards, loans, or medical insurance, their bank or lender usually sells that debt to a third party. These sales occur for a fraction of the debt’s true value—typically for five cents on the dollar—and debt-buying companies then attempt to recoup the debt from the individual debtor and thus make a profit.

In the Red follows a group of Strike Debt activists over several weeks, engages in intimate conversations with the group revealing the collective decision-making processes. The film explores horizontalism, a social way of organizing that brings out richness and democratic inclusion unavailable in predominately hierarchical structures.