Wages on Sand is set in Amsterdam’s Museum van Loon, a 17th century canal house located on the Keizersgracht in Amsterdam’s Canal District, just a few blocks away from the so-called Golden Bend, where In Place of Capital (2009) ended. The film opens this house up to particular aspects of the Van Loon family’s financial endeavors which have been excluded from the house for centuries. This exclusion is an integral part of the house’s—and today, the museum’s—architecture, rather than an incidental oversight. The house was built as a machine to separate wealth from the coercive labor that produced it. Particular mechanisms within this machine are isolated and explored in the film, wherein cultural products—paintings, banisters, photographs—are reconnected to the financial processes they encode.