This year PAMM collaborates with Cannonball's alternative school, r.a.d. (research.art. dialogue), to host public talks and conversations on shared topics in the upcoming PAMM exhibition Marjetica Potrč: The School of the Forest, Miami Campus.
With this lecture and slideshow, cultural critic Brian Holmes opens up a broad investigation of offshore oil production, containerized transport, computerized finance, and the relation of this "just-in-time" economy to the natural environment. Drawing narratives and visual materials from the research-driven exhibition Foreign Trade Zone (2014), which he carried out with artist and activist Rozalinda Borcilă, he focuses on the intermodal ports and logistics zones of Chicago, their colonial and industrial past, and their relation to contemporary finance. Subsequent lectures held at Cannonball will explore high-speed trading, maritime commerce, and river basins considered not as highways for the circulation of goods, but as vital arteries of the planetary ecology. This lecture series – the "live" version of a forthcoming book – is an integral part of Holmes and Borcilă's teaching residency in Miami.