Massively Invisible Objects (Spring 2015)

What is a container port? What is it connected to? What sort of ecology  does it emerge from? What kind of world does it prefigure? Brian Holmes and Rozalinda Borcila invite you to explore global trade in Miami: including places such as Dodge Island, the Miami River, the financial district, the Norfolk Southern intermodal yard, and the industrial installations of nearby Ft. Lauderdale. Using field trips, analytical texts, history books, oral testimony, and various artistic techniques, this course engages a set of sites sharing one paradoxical condition: they are so large, you practically can't see them. How can we perceive, investigate, analyze, document, and speak back to such massively invisible objects? 

Holmes and Borcila draw on the experience of their ongoing research project in Chicago, Southwest Corridor Northwest Passage. Holmes will launch the theoretical investigation of the logistics industry and organize visits to the sites, while presenting material from his forthcoming book, The River and the Steersman. Borcila will lead the class in  developing public, participatory forms at the intersection of amateur forensics, art, and pedagogy. Participants will contribute to a dedicated project website and develop a series of interpretive materials, drawing upon their own interests, backgrounds, artistic practices, and expert knowledge. The course aims to build a conceptual and expressive toolkit that can be used for further inquiry. With luck this will become a continuing project – perhaps your own.

Course Website: Massively Invisible Objects

Course Schedule:

Week 1
Tuesday, April 14th 
Wednesday, April 15th
Thursday, April 16th 

Friday, April 17th
Saturday, April 18th (Public lecture at PAMM, 2 PM)

Week 1 courses: 2-6 PM

Week 2
Monday, April 20th (2-6 PM)
Tuesday, April 21st (2-4 PM + public lecture at Cannonball, 7 PM)
Wednesday, April 22nd (2-6 PM)
Thursday, April 23st (2-4 PM + public lecture at Cannonball, 7 PM)
Friday, April 24th (2-6 PM)

Week 3
Monday, April 27th (2-4 PM + public lecture at Cannonball, 7 PM)
Tuesday, April 28th (2-6 PM)
Wednesday, April 29th (2-6 PM)
day, April 30th (2-6 PM)
ay, May 1st (2-6 PM)

Week 4
Monday, May 4th (2-6 PM)
Tuesday, May 5th (2-6 PM)
Wednesday, May 6th (2-4 PM + public lecture at Cannonball, 7 PM)