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The Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC shows provocative video and film in its Black Box space.

Currently they have the artists and filmmaker Phoebe Greenberg and her movie Next Floor .

A visually compelling take on the opulence in western countries the piece offers a critique of consumption and the usual sins of gluttony and avarice.

The video is fun to look at and its images of the food are amazing and sickening.

The critique is easy and one wonders if the artist expects viewers to experience disgust, joy, excitement? It is at least a short that challenges the viewer to react.

In these times where it is impossible to tax the wealthy and the corporations to even a remotely fair rate, is this video our substitute by vicariously watching wealthy people plummet to their deaths?

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