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Strike Anywhere

July 25, 2009

My friends Benj Gerdes and Jennifer Hayashida have just finished up an interesting video they’ve been working on for awhile called Strike Anywhere. Strike Anywhere takes as its direct subject Ivar Krueger, the match king of Sweden, who in the 1930s used financial markets to create matchstick monopolies in at least 34 countries, and become one of the richest men in the entire world. On a broader scale, the piece is a meditation on early finance capital, how me got into the mess we’re in now, how it makes us feel, and where we go from here. The video is traveling around European art spaces right now, but if you’re not going to be in Germany or Sweden in the next month, you can watch the entire 32 minute film on Benj’s website here.

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