Dr. Mark Curran holds a PhD from the Centre for Transcultural Research + Media Practice, DIT, is Lecturer + Year Tutor on the BA (Hons) Photography programme where he also supervises Masters By Research (MRes.) students. Since 2011, he has been Visiting Professor on the MA in Visual + Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin.
Incorporating photography/multi-media installation informed by ethnographic understandings, since 1998, Curran has undertaken a cycle of long-term research projects, critically addressing the predatory context resulting from the migrations and flows of global capital. These have been extensively presented, published and exhibited internationally. Supported by Arts Council of Ireland + curated by Helen Carey, his current transnational project, THE MARKET (2010-) continues the cycle to date and focuses on the functioning + condition of the global markets.
THE MARKET (2010-) on functioning + condition of the global markets. Curated by Helen Carey + centrally supported by the Arts Council of Ireland + Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Ireland. Other supporters include NEPN (University of Sunderland, UK), Noorderlicht (Groningen, the Netherlands). Extracts from EDEN (2003-2008) sited in declining industrial + coal mining region of former East Germany, the project focused on the prophetic experiences as a result of globalisation. Supported by Arts Council of Ireland The Breathing Factory (2003-2006), central outcome of practice-led doctorate, researched the role of representation of globalised labour, industrial space + global labour practices in the context of Ireland's recent economic development. Supported by Arts Council of Ireland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and publication by Edition Braus in collaboration with Belfast Exposed + Gallery of Photography. Includes essays by Martin McCabe + Dr Sean O'Riain. Southern Cross (1999-2002)(recipient of the first Artist Award from Gallery of Photography, Dublin), critically surveyed the so-called, ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy of the Irish republic, through portraits and landscape, mapping the spaces of Development and Global Finance. Publication by Cornerhouse (2002) was supported by Gallery of Photography + SIPTU. Includes poem by author, Philip Casey + essay by Dr Justin Carville.