April 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
As part of this event occurring at the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) in London on Saturday, April 25th, Mark Curran has been invited to present on his practice-led research in relation to THE MARKET.
The intention of this, the first of a series, is to
bring together anthropologists, accountancy scholars, literature scholars and artists using anthropological concepts and ethnographic methods in their work…to explore past, present and possible artistic techniques for visualizing information in capital markets, tracking offshore financial flows, and mapping relatedness among financial elites.
This is a free event and open to the public. Full details can be found here.
With support from the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT).
(Image: Installation of THE MARKET: A project by Mark Curran, Belfast Exposed Gallery, 2013)
November 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
puts contemporary art and scholarship in sound studies and visual culture in direct dialogue around questions of power and politics.
It is organised through Media@McGill, a hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture, housed within the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.
Surveillance: Caren Kaplan, Karin Bijsterveld
Performance: Daphne Brooks, Amelia Jones
Militancy: Nathalie Casemajor, Ultra-red (Dont Rhine & Robert Sember)
Humanity: Negar Mottahedeh, Anette Hoffman
Capitalism: Mark Curran, Sumanth Gopinath
Mediation: Natalie Bookchin, Georgina Born
Mark Curran will present on the research project, THE MARKET, which focuses on the functioning and condition of the global markets. Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, this was undertaken in collaboration with Helen Carey, Curator and Director of Firestation Artist’ Studios, the project was a central part of the visual art programme marking the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout. It was installed at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Belfast Exposed, Limerick City Gallery of Art, CCA Derry-Londonderry and most recently at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris (2014). A publication is planned for 2015.
January 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
…what people don’t understand… is that what happens in the market is pivotal to their lives… not on the periphery, but slap, bang, in the middle…
(from telephone conversation with Trader (name withheld), Dealing Room, Investment Bank, London, February 2013)
Mark Curran’s challenging new project THE MARKET sets out to make visible – literally and metaphorically – the sphere where our futures are speculated upon. His multi-media installation includes photographs, films, transcripts of interviews and a soundscape that investigate the functioning of the global stock and commodity markets. From Dublin to London, Frankfurt and Addis Abeba, the artist concentrates on the experience of individuals working within a supremely complex system. In the installation at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, the relationship between the individual and the abstract algorithmic systems of the market is heightened through a sound piece designed by Ken Curran that permeates the gallery space, which is generated from algorithms identifying the words market or markets from public speeches given by the French Minister of Finance, Pierre Moscovici.
Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Director of Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais
75005 – Paris
January 30 – March 2
Opening times of the exhibitions:
2pm – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday
(Late opening Wednesday until 8pm)
12.30pm – 2.30pm Sunday
Full programme contextualising the exhibition on the opening weekend includes panel discussion with David McWilliams (Writer & Economist), Alfred M’Sichili (Philosopher & Political Economist), Helen Carey, Mark Uzan (Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee) and Mark Curran, an evening with the organisers of ‘Kilkenomics’.
The installation and events in Paris are supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.
September 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
Future State, in partnership with Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA) and Goldsmiths, University of London, is an interdisciplinary and collaborative conference at LCGA on 26-28 September and is taking place during Labour and Lockout, an exhibition to mark the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout, a key moment in Ireland’s industrial history when employers refused to recognize workers in an attempt to break worker solidarity and the trade union movement.
Land│Labour│Capital will reflect on the relevance of 1913 for the contemporary moment and seek, through dialogue, to foreground radical and alternative narratives for future history-making.
The full programme including screenings, events and presentations can be found here.
September 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Gallery of Photography, Dublin 24 August – 1 october 2013
The image above of part of the installation titled The Normalisation of Deviance shows Spectrograms, a moving visual representation of the soundscape of the installation. The soundscape has been generated through the data generated through the use of an algorithm to identify how often the Irish Minister for Finance has used the word Market or Markets in his public speeches since taking office.
Belfast Exposed 29 August – 11 October
The installation is similarly framed by the soundscape generated through the data generated by an algorithm identifying the application of the words Market or Markets by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer in his public speeches since taking office.
The installation image below shows the 6 feet high stack of A4 paper also titled The Normalisation of Deviance as part of the installation. This equates to the findings by a Chicago-based researcher of the number of global positions taken through the use of algorithms on one stock in one nanosecond. The total was 14,000 and equates to this amount of paper if this data was printed out. On the pages facing up is the quote:
…what people don’t understand… is that what happens in the market is pivotal to their lives… not on the periphery…but slap, bang, in the middle…
(From telephone conversation with trader, name withheld, Dealing Room, Investment Bank, London, February 2013
August 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
Further information available here.
August 22, 2013 § Leave a comment
The installation of THE MARKET by Mark Curran, curated by Helen Carey, on the function and condition of the global stock and commodity markets will be opened this Friday, August 23rd at 6.30pm by Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council of Ireland at the Gallery of Photography, Dublin.
The show continues until October 1st. (Algorithm and sound design by Ken Curran). Further information here.
August 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
Opening Thursday, August 8th at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, this group show curated by Helen Carey, employs the context of the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout as a means to reflect and address its significance for the present. The show continues until October 1st.
Artists include Deirdre O’Mahony, Anthony Haughey, Deirdre Power, Darek Fortas, Jesse Jones, Sean Lynch, Seamus Farrell, Megs Morley & Tom Flanagan and Mark Curran.
In addition, from the 26-28 September, the research collective, Future State, is collaborating with Goldsmiths, University of London and Limerick City Gallery of Art to host Land Labour Capital, a three-day event of film screenings, artist talks, seminars and workshops related to the exhibition theme. Keynote speakers will include, Deirdre O’Mahony, Professor Nicholas Mirzoeff, Dr Angela Dimitrakaki and Mark Curran.
Full details can be found here.
June 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
The inaugural Temple Bar Photography Summer School takes place this Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29 at Dublin’s Project Arts Centre. The two-day programme will explore how contemporary photographers are responding to this moment of uncertainty and instability in contemporary Ireland. The event further links in with the forthcoming group exhibition at the Gallery of Photography, titled Uncertain State. The accompanying text for the exhibition questions:
How is photography responding to the crisis? Uncertain State looks at how photographic artists are representing this period of austerity and uncertainty in Ireland. Their work addresses important issues at the heart of where we are now: contested and hidden histories, effects of the global financial crisis and the radically altered social and physical landscapes. The ten artists in Uncertain State go beyond surface readings to reflect the emerging concerns in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland: the treatment of asylum seekers; institutional abuse; sexual abuse; emigration; the legacy of the property crash; identity; disadvantage & marginalisation; and the legacy of conflict.
Such themes will be the subject this weekend and will include the following leading artists, academics, historians and writers:
Dr. Luke Gibbons (Academic and Writer, NUIM)
Val Connor (Curator, NWCI Legacy Project)
Helen Carey (Director,Limerick City Gallery)
Pat Cooke (Curator and Academic, UCD),
Mark Curran (Artist and academic,IADT),
Tommy Graham (Editor, History Ireland),
Michael Hinch (Editorial Imaging Manager,Independent Newspapers Ireland),
Colette O’Flaherty – Keeper of Archival Collections,
Liam Kennedy (Writer and academic, UCD),
David Farrell (Artist and academic, IADT),
Seán Hillen (Artist),
Paul Seawright (Artist and academic, UU),
Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith (Writer and academic,UCD)
Declan Long (Writer and academic, NCAD)
Anthony Haughey (Artist and academic, DIT)#
Full details and how to book a place can be found here.
March 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
Unemployment is the vital question … Machinery should benefit mankind. It should not spell tragedy and throw it out of work.
(Charlie Chaplin) 1931.
As part of the programme of the current exhibition, STRIKE!, at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, there will be a screening of MODERN TIMES (1936), written, scored and directed by Charlie Chaplin, at 2.00Pm on Monday, March 11th, 2013. This will be followed by a discussion from Mark Curran with specific reference to the visual representation of the conditions of labour and the resonance of Chaplin’s undertaking for the present.
Further information regarding the exhibition and full details of this event, can be found here.