Before The Nation Went Bankrupt

 

Before The Nation Went Bankrupt, 2016, HD Video, 37 minutes

September 2008. The economy is in ruins, an unprecedented boom is over. The CEOs of the biggest banks have been summoned to the Federal Reserve, in lower Manhattan, for an entire weekend. Their task: to solve the world economy and to rewrite the rules of finance. Not much is known about what happened that weekend at the Federal Reserve. Until now.

Before the Nation Went Bankrupt tells the story of the financial crisis through the fictional love letters of JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. The video is in part an alternative and more libidinal history of our current financial crisis, and an exploration of the metaphoric creep of the neoliberal ideology into all areas of life. Not quite fiction and not quite satire, the letters are a cry in the dark from an insular world that brought us all to the brink of financial, physical and moral ruin.

Screenings

Economia, Eindhoven, NE April 28-30, 2017

Debt+ , Flux Factory, Queens, NY. June 3, 24, 2016


Episodes

Letter To Lover #1

Saturday morning, September 13th 2008. The economy is in ruins, an unprecedented boom is over. The CEOs of the biggest banks have been summoned to the Federal Reserve, in lower Manhattan, for an entire weekend. Their task: to solve the world economy and to re-write the rules of finance. Not much is known about what happened that weekend at the Federal Reserve. Until now. In between meetings, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, writes a letter to his younger lover. This is that letter.

Screenings

Index Art Center, Newark, NJ April 22, 2017


Letter To Lover #2

Saturday morning, September 13th 2008. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, tries to come up with a metaphor for late capitalism. He writes a letter to a colleague/lover. This is that letter.

Screenings

Digital BigScreen Trbovje, Solvenia, September 14-16 2017


Letter To Bill Winters

Monday Morning, September 15th 2008. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, has a vision of what the future economy will look like. While on his helicopter ride into work that morning, Dimon writes a letter to William Winters, his Head of Investment Banking at JPMC. This is that letter.

Screenings

Now & After International Video Art Festival, Moscow, Russia, February 7-16, 2018

Transmission Video Art Festival, July 20-23, 2017

  • UND#9,Dragonenkaserne Karlsruhe, Germany

  • Komuna//Warszawa, Warszawa, Poland

  • Documenta 14, KMMN Kulturbahnhof, Kassel Germany