About the artwork

Liquidity Inc.

Hito Steyerl
Single Channel HD Video in architectural environment

Edition 4/7 + 2 AP

As suggested by the title, this video sculpture uses water as its guiding theme. Liquidity Inc. takes as a point of departure the story of Jacob Wood, a former financial analyst who lost his job during the 2008 economic recession and decided to turn his hobby in mixed martial arts into a career. Steyerl follows actor and martial artist Bruce Lee’s dictum to “be shapeless, formless, like water,” turning “liquidity” into a trope fluid enough to speak about everything from the weather to water as material resource, to the circulation of information and assets. Projected onto a double-sided screen in front of a wave-like ramp structure, Liquidity Inc. is a captivating parable of economic crisis and contemporary culture that is by turns playful and poignant.

Text from ICA Boston for the exhibition of the work from DEC 13, 2017 – APR 22, 2018

Essay’s of Hits Steyerl:

In Defense of the Poor Image


To Much World – is the Internet Dead