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)
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.
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.
February 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
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.
Online reviews of the installation
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.
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.
January 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
Unlocking the myths of our past to understand the present.
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
Gerard Mannix Flynn
Richard Kearney (The Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College)
Declan Kiberd (Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Notre Dame University)
Dr. Cathy Leeney (Lecturer in Drama Studies, University College Dublin)
Patrick Lonergan (Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway)
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)
Dr. Rebecca Pelan
Dr. Emilie Pine (Lecturer in Modern Drama and Irish Studies, University College Dublin)
Prof. Kevin Whelan (Director, Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin)
Fiach MacConghail (Director of the Abbey Theatre)
Aideen Howard (Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre)
Kelly Phelan (Convenor)
Full programme is available here.
December 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
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.
Bell, Decommissioned Trading Floor,
Irish Stock Exchange (ISE)
Dublin, Ireland, July 2012
A podcast in relation to this issue can be heard here.