• Tour
  • Fri, Oct 2
  • 10:30 am–11:30 am
  • Chicago Board of Trade / New York Mercantile Exchange
  • RSVP Requested

Tour lead by Colleen Tuite and Ian Quate of GRNASFCK.

"It's seductive to imagine that a force bigger than capitalism will finally sweep it away.  But what if this thought were coming to us from within capitalism itself? What if capitalism itself relied on fantasies of apocalypse in order to keep reproducing and reinventing itself?  What if, finally,  Nature as such, the idea of a radical outside to the social system,  was a capitalist fantasy,  even precisely the capitalist fantasy?" Timothy Morton, The Ecological Thought

The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the world's oldest and largest futures and options exchange.

"Futures" markets actively wager on crop performance, natural resource extraction, and climate events compared to a background of previous seasons. With increasing climate disruption more energy has entered into the market (in the form of atmospheric carbon) creating an economic engine now entirety automated, amplifying the toposphere with weather patterns projected onto a global economy.

In 2015 the Chicago Board of Trade announced they would be leaving The Earth and entering The Cloud; completing the transition from physical, open outcry floor trading to a purely electronic system. 

Now, decades later, post-XXXX, when trading is algorithmic and currency digital, we return to the petrified temple of meteorological capitalism, as anthropologists looking for clues indicating why this artisan trading system evaporated what it means for the now-present future.

RSVP to editors@manifestproject.org.