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Frontrunners

Join Blaffer Art Museum director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli for an informal discussion of the exhibition Miguel Amat: Dark Pool Knight Vision. The event is free and open to the public, and lunch is on us right after the talk.

We’ll begin with a screening of Frontrunners, a 12-minute video probing the importance of opacity and hidden liquidity for U.S. military and financial operations–one of the exhibition’s key themes. Frontrunners draws on the financial sector’s reliance on military terminology, particularly for high-speed trading algorithms. Amat juxtaposes a sound montage of interviews with investors in “dark pools”—forums for trading securities out of the public eye—with scenes from their favorite movies. Their words and the associated images are thrown into comparative, often comic relief by the memories of a former Blackwater contractor whose first childhood job on a golf course involved shooting gophers with BB guns.

Blaffer is located at 4173 Elgin St. in the UH Fine Arts Building (see map), entrance 16 off Cullen Blvd at Elgin. Directly across from the museum, a limited number of FREE parking spaces are reserved for Blaffer visitors in UH Arts Lot 16B. Metered parking spaces are also available in lot 16B. Buses may park in lot 16D. Temporary parking permits may be obtained from the information booth at Entrance 1.

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