Making History: MICHAEL SCHMIDT (1945-2014)

May 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

I don’t understand people and historians who view history as something finished, something past. For me, history only has a function when it is defined from the vantage point of the present so to speak, as an essential component of the present and the future.
(Michael Schmidt 2010)

Michael Schmidt (portrait by John Gossage)

Michael Schmidt (portrait by John Gossage)

Last Saturday, May 24th, in Berlin, the exceptional Michael Schmidt passed away. Too soon. Schmidt was one of the most important German-born, post-war artists. His projects, EIN-HEIT and Waffenruhe, both as books and installations, changed everything about how I thought about and indeed used photography.

Here are links to more extensive description and review of Schmidt’s work:
Gerry Badger
American Suburb X
And an eloquent obituary by Jörg Colberg.

Waffenruhe (installation image by Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin)

Waffenruhe (installation image by Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin)

 

 

PROGRESS REPORT

May 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

It has been some time since the last post. This followed an intensive series of events around THE MARKET , most recently being a very successful installation at the Centre Culturel Irlandais. The public and media response in Paris, further underscored the profound interest in, and indeed a need to discuss, the subject matter of the project, a subject matter that continues to grip the world.

In addition, the time away from posting has provided a chance to reflect upon where the project finds itself. The intention is to now make a further research trip later in the summer to a site in Asia that has always been viewed as a pivotal location for the project. As elsewhere, this is dependent on securing access. To date, the process of negotiation has taken almost 2 years. However, a central conceptual framing has been both how access embodies a state of relation and condition of the functioning of the markets.

In anticipation of securing access, the plan is then is for a significant publication of the complete project to appear in 2015.

In the meantime, this blog/gathering place will continue to host posts in relation to THE MARKET. Enabling a means to reflect on the research process and indeed how the mechanism/momentum of financial capitalism continues to play itself out. Perhaps to completion.

Finally, as part of this post. Here is a short video of the first installation, which includes the audio of the algorithmic soundscape, The Normalisation of Deviance as installed at the Gallery of Photography in Dublin late last year.

 

Installation THE MARKET Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

February 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

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The image below from the installation is titled The Normalisation of Deviance II shows Spectrograms, a moving visual representation of the soundscape of the installation. The soundscape has been generated through the data collated by an algorithm to identify how often the French Minister of Finance, Pierre Moscovici used the word Market or Markets in his public speeches during the year, 2013.

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Online reviews of the installation

Le Monde

France Fine Art

Telerama

Slash Paris

Time Out Paris (English Version)

Paris Voice

Slate

The project has been generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and the installation in Paris by Culture Ireland.

The Theatre of Memory (Symposium), Abbey Theatre II

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

In mid-January, I was very pleased to be invited to contribute to the 3-day Theatre of Memory Symposium at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Titled, The Normalisation of Deviance: constructing THE MARKET, with introduction by Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey, my presentation on the historic stage was recorded:

The event was attended by a full-house and a review is available on the Abbey website here. The full playlist of the recorded presentations by a rich array of speakers is available here. The symposium was the first of three annual events that are planned.

THE MARKET/ Centre Culturel Irlandais/ Paris

January 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

 
CCI Invitation (cover)

CCI Invitation (cover)


…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.

Opening of events will be made by 
Rory Montgomery, Irish Ambassador to France 
Nora Hickey M’Sichili, Director of Centre Culturel Irlandais
 
Centre Culturel Irlandais 
5, rue des Irlandais 

75005 – Paris 


January 30 – March 2
 
Opening Thursday, January 30 at 6.30pm

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’.
 
In addition there will be a special screening on Saturday, February 1st at 5.00pm of the documentary, Skin in the Game, directed by Donald Taylor Black, (Filmmaker and Head of Department of Film & Media, IADT) addressing the response of artists in Ireland to the 2007 economic collapse.
 
Algorithms and soundscape design: Ken Curran.
The full programme is available here
 
This project was generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland & the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
It was presented in Ireland at Gallery of Photography, Belfast Exposed and Limerick City Gallery of Art as part of a nationwide artistic project in 2013, curated by Helen Carey (director of Limerick City Gallery of Art), to mark the centenary of the 1913 industrial conflict known as the Dublin Lockout.

The installation and events in Paris are supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland.
 
Preview of show in Paris by Actual Colours May Vary can be found here.

The Theatre of Memory (Symposium), Abbey Theatre, Dublin

January 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Unlocking the myths of our past to understand the present.

(image courtesy of the Abbey Theatre)

(image courtesy of the Abbey Theatre)

The symposium takes place at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin January 16-18, 2014

In this time of historical centenaries, Ireland’s national theatre presents a three-day symposium to debate the role of theatre in commemoration. Leading Irish playwrights, actors, directors and academics will come together to discuss the role of memory in making theatre and the challenges of commemorating historical events. This symposium will be a major event in Irish theatre and is an essential occasion for theatre enthusiasts and the general public. Symposium speakers:

President Michael D. Higgins

Tom Clonan
Peter Crawley
Catriona Crowe
Mark Curran
Mairead Delaney
Roddy Doyle
Colin Dunne
Grace Dyas
Lisa Farrelly
Jimmy Fay
Gerard Mannix Flynn
Stacey Gregg
Wayne Jordan
Richard Kearney (The Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College)
Declan Kiberd (Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Notre Dame University)
Thomas Kilroy
Dr. Cathy Leeney (Lecturer in Drama Studies, University College Dublin)
Conor Linehan
Patrick Lonergan (Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway)
Louise Lowe
Patrick Mason
Dr. Fearghal McGarry (Lecturer in History and Anthropology, Queens University)
Frank McGuinness (Professor of Creative Writing, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin)
Eleanor Methven
Carl O’Brien
Emer O’Kelly
Fintan O’Toole
Dr. Rebecca Pelan
Dr. Emilie Pine (Lecturer in Modern Drama and Irish Studies, University College Dublin)
Stephen Rea
Declan Smyth
Prof. Kevin Whelan (Director, Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin)

Symposium Committee:

Fiach MacConghail (Director of the Abbey Theatre)
Aideen Howard (Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre)
Kelly Phelan (Convenor)

Full programme is available here.

THE IRISH REVIEW

December 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Irish Review, Winter 2013, No. 47 (cover)(courtesy The Irish Review)

The Irish Review, Winter 2013, No. 47 (cover, courtesy The Irish Review)

The latest edition of the bi-annual journal, The Irish Review (Cork University Press) has just been published:

The Irish Review has provided a forum for critical and creative writing since 1986. With an editorial policy that is pluralist and interdisciplinary we publish articles on the arts, society, philosophy, history, politics, the environment and science. Our aim is to serve a general rather than a specialist readership.

The guest editor is Dr Aaron Kellyalongside Dr. Colin Graham, Prof. Michael Cronin and Dr. Clare O’Halloranand addresses Cultures of Class. The cover image is from THE MARKET:

Bell, Decommissioned Trading Floor,
Irish Stock Exchange (ISE)
Dublin, Ireland, July 2012

A podcast in relation to this issue can be heard here.

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