Hito Steyerl

Liquidity Inc., 2014

Hito Steyerl
Liquidity Inc.
Dimensions and medium
HD video, colour, signle-band, sound, 30 min, and architectural structure, 1/7, 257 × 450 × 40 cm (architectural structure)
Purchase, with the support of the National Bank Private Wealth 1859, Collectors Symposium 2014
Artwork description
Inside a blue-painted room, a structure in the shape of a stylized wave rises before a large video projection. The structure is covered with matching blue-coloured mattresses, much like those found in a martial arts studio. Hito Steyerl’s video installation Liquidity Inc. immerses the viewer into the story of financial advisor Jacob Wood, a Vietnamese orphan who emigrated to the United States through President Gerald Ford’s Operation Babylift. After losing his job during the 2008 financial crisis, Wood began training as a mixed martial artist. Water plays a central role in this unique story where, during a particularly intense interview, Bruce Lee explains how one must “become water” to succeed at martial arts. References range from Hokusai to Wilhelm Reich via the Weather Underground, emphasizing the ideological and aesthetic flexibility of this historically rooted metaphor.

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