The Chocolate Factory
8 March - 7 April
With a title inspired by a widely utilised flexible economic management model responsive to the needs and demands of the global market which is intended to be implemented not only at the level of the factory floor but to extend to the nation state itself, The Breathing Factory, critically addresses the role and representation of labour and global labour practices in this newly industrialised landscape as manifest in manufacturing and technology.
Mark Curran (b.1964) lives and works in Berlin and Dublin. He completed a practice-led PhD through the Dublin Institute of Technology (2011), lectures on the BA Photography programme, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin and is Visiting Professor on the MA in Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin. Incorporating multi-media installation informed by ethnographic understandings, Curran’s has undertaken a cycle of projects addressing the predatory context of migrations of global capital.
These have been extensively presented and published, including Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2010), DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, USA (2010), Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal (2011) and PhotoIreland (2012). Work will be included in a forthcoming edition, edited by Liz Wells and Deborah Bright, of the UK Journal, Photographies. Curated by Helen Carey, his present multi-sited transnational project, to mark the centenary of the Dublin Lockout 1913, a pivotal moment in Irish labour history, focuses on the functioning of the global stock and commodity markets.