KAPITAL is a two-screen work centering around a conversation at the Hayward Gallery, London, between Isaac Julien and renowned Marxist Geographer David Harvey (author of the book The Enigma of Capital).
Julien opens the film by asking why capital is so difficult to depict, to which Harvey deftly replies: "in the same way you can only really intuit gravity exists by its effects, you can really only intuit that capital exists by its effects."
Staged as part of a seminar entitled Choreographing Capital organised by the artist at the Hayward Gallery in 2012, the event saw notable interventions from theorists, critics and curators such as the late Stuart Hall, Paul Gilroy, Irit Rogoff and Colin MacCabe. Julien has always made work in collaboration, conversation and exchange but this is the first time he has opened up the complex and rigorous research processes that lie behind his working methods.
31' 16'', high definition digital video, colour, stereo