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Liquidity Inc. 2014

HD video installation

"Liquidity Inc." is exemplary of Hito Steyerl's merging and dissolution of reality and speculation, theory and entertainment, social diagnostics and the dream factory. In the large-scale video installation on the gallery’s upper floor, “Be water!” becomes a metaphor for a material existence in the irrational alternation of economic tides, for an amorphous subjectivity swimming in the river of capital. Jacob Woods, a Vietnam-born Lehman Brothers analyst who turned to martial arts after the bank failure of 2008, is the protagonist of a story crisscrossed by economic weather forecasts and digital animations, about self-determination in the face of unpredictable financial forces that influence even Steyerl during the film’s production process.

With Jacob Wood
MMA Experts: Maverick The "SoulCollector" Harvey, Rage NG
The Weather Underground: Brian Kuan Wood, Esme Buden and Maximilian Brauer

Technical Director: Christoph Manz

Producer: Kevan Senson

Director of Photography Berlin: Christoph Manz

Director of Photography Los Angeles: Kevan Jenson

2nd Unit: Leon Kahane

Lighting Director Los Angeles: Tony Rudenko

Graphic Design/Assistant Post: Maximilian Schmoetzer

Music: Brian Kuan Wood "Tyler Stewart Superfunk", Melody Sheep "Bruce Lee Remix", Kassem Mosse "Shaqued", Arthur Russell "Lets go swimming", Cello samples from Joel Piersons "Gods World", Unknown and Untraceable Files from Public Harddrives

Clips by Maxim Maximov, Melody Sheep, John D. Boswell

Weather: Brian Kuan Wood

Nervoud Breakdown: Hito Steyerl

Thank you Nick Aikens, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Esme Buden, Massimiliano Gioni, Gareth Jones, Leon Kahane, Sven Luetticken, Christoph Manz, Kassem Mosse, Kevin Slavin, Tom Swafford, Anton Vidokle

Special thanks to: TFA Total Fighting Alliance, Tod Meacham

Commissioned by David Riff and Ekaterina Degot for Bergen Assembly and submitted 8 months after the opening

Shot on Location in Hermosa Beach, CA

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Works by Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl was born in Munich in 1966. She studied in Tokyo, Munich, and Vienna before she moved to Berlin, where she lives and works today. As a filmmaker, visual artist, and author in the field of essayist documentary video, Steyerl is a frequent lecturer, has published influencial writings, and participated in numerous international exhibitions and biennials. She exhibited at documenta 12 in 2007 and in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2015.