The Financial Crisis, 2009
Single-Channel Film Projection, 12 minutes English, Color
Courtesy of the artist,
1301PE Gallery, Los Angeles and
Peter Blum Gallery, New York
Commissioend by Freize Foundation for Frieze Film 2009, London
Lost Money, 2009
Installation, 2000 coins welded with bolts, ed. of 3 + 1 AP
Courtesy of the artist and 1301PE Gallery, Los Angeles
The Financial Crisis addresses the recent instability in the global economic system, asking viewers to consider its implications, and to sit with the anxieties attendant to it. The film is divided into four sessions, respectively entitled "The Invisible Hand," "George Soros," "You," and "Old Friends." In each session, an archetypal hypnotist directly addresses the viewer in a calm, evenly paced voice, inviting them to engage in a number of visualizations. The successive sessions attend not only the individual, but the ills of the capitalist system as a whole.
Lost Money consists of 2,000 United States coins strewn on the floor. According to SUPERFLEX, these coins are meant to be "completely worthless, as a carpet of non- value... [pointing to] the utopia of a society not influenced by commodity fetishism."