The Financial Crisis (Session I-IV) is a 12-minute filmwork in which SUPERFLEX addresses the financial crisis from a therapeutic perspective. A hypnotist guides us through our worst economic nightmares. During four sessions, the audience is invited to speculate on the hypnotic forces of global capitalism, as well as experience the fear, anxiety and frustration of losing control, economic loss and personal financial disaster.
In “Session 1: The Invisible Hand,” we are introduced to the backbone of capitalism, the idea of the “invisible hand” as the benign force of self-regulation that prevents markets and people from spinning out of economic control. We are asked to interrogate our faith in this force, and to imagine a world no longer governed by this invisible hand. In the following sessions we are guided deeper and deeper into the subconscious of the financial crisis with “Session 2: George Soros,” “Session 3: You,” and “Session 4: Old Friends.”
The Financial Crisis (Session I-IV) was commissioned and created for Frieze Film 2009, and screened on Channel 4's “3 Minute Wonder” slot in October 2009.
Hypnotist: Bo Groth Christensen
Producer/Director: Tuan Andrew Nguyen
Assistent Producer: Matt Lucero
Cinematography: Ha Thuc Phu Nam
Sound Design: Alan Hayslip
Editor: Nick Fernandez
Produced by Propeller Group (Ho Chi Minh City)