Calendar: Brian Holmes: The River and the Steersman: Capital Circulation in the Anthropocene

Event Description

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

Brian Holmes

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.

Brian Holmes is an art and cultural critic who emphasizes on-the-ground intervention. His essays revolve around art, free cooperation, the network society, political economy, and grassroots resistance. Living in Paris from 1990 to 2009, he collaborated with political art groups such as Ne Pas Plier, Bureau d'Etudes, Public Netbase, Hackitectura, Makrolab, and published in journals such as Multitudes, Springerin, and Brumaria. With Claire Pentecost and the 16 Beaver Group, he co-organized the Continental Drift seminars. His books include Escape the Overcode: Activist Art in the Control Society and Unleashing the Collective Phantoms: Essays in Reverse Imagineering. In Chicago, he is a member of the Compass group and teaches at the University of Illinois. The majority of his texts can be found for free on his website.  A recent collaborative project with Rozalinda Borcilă​ can be found at South West Corridor Northwest Passage.