All That Is Solid Melts into Air is a two-screen video installation about petroleum as an object lesson in commodity fetishism. For one screen, I filmed the trade in oil futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange during the first days of the credit crisis. For the other screen, I filmed tribal warriors in Nigeria who battle against the oil companies that destroy their environment, and colonize and impoverish them. The viewer stands in between the two screens, in an empty space representing the dissolution of raw material into capital.
2-channel video installation, 15 minutes, 2008.
Installation view, All That Is Solid Melts into Air
All That Is Solid Melts into Air