I performed a new piece called “Remembering Capitalism” for the closing of Debt+ at Flux Factory.
Remembering Capitalism is a lecture performance given by Professor Nathaniel Sullivan, an historical economist. Sullivan is from the year 2116, and has travelled through time with an urgent message.
“Remembering Capitalism” describes capitalism in the year 2016, and projects what it might be 100 years in the future. Capitalism in 2016 is held together by a fragile matrix of mythologies (often absurd contradictions) that keep a powerful hold on the American identity. The world in 2116 is a much better place, but in that time there are still powerful forces marshaling to return the 0.001% to its former glory.
“Remembering Capitalism” was commissioned for Debt Positive, curated by Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich. Debt Positive ran from June 6th to June 24th in 2016 at the Flux Factory in NYC. The video was shot and edited by Jason Eppink.
The closing performance capped off a month long exhibition where I showed a long form video called Before The Nation Went Bankrupt, which tells the story of the 2008 financial crisis through the love letters of JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. The month was filled with great events: artist talks by Cassie Thornton and Thomas Gokey, and a junk bond workshop by artist Paolo Cirio. Debt+ was beautifully curated by Misha Rabinovich and Caitlin Foley, bringing to the foreground all the true effects of our debt soaked culture. The exhibition might best be summed up by a question that Misha asked at the closing: “If we are concerning ourselves chiefly with the repayment of measurable debt (student loans, mortgages etc.), then what attention are we not paying to the un-measurable debt (social and psychological debts we owe to our peers, friends, family and communities)?