Financial markets have a distressing tendency to depersonalise their activities to take away responsibility from individual actors: but in stock exchanges and other financial centres, it’s not just a question of statistics and algorithms. Instead, behind these complex operations – with their sometimes dire consequences for the global economy and the lives of everyone involved – we find living beings as well as machines. With ‘The Market’, Mark Curran literally puts a face to the economy through portraits of employees (in the City of London and the Frankfurt and Dublin stock exchanges), an audiovisual installation, found objects and transcriptions of interviews. Straddling both art and ethnography, Curran shows how the financial world has changed profoundly in the last few years, and how human beings, delegating to machines, has been taken over by an entity that they helped to create: the market.
Mark Curran: The Market
'Trader', Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, Sept. 2012 © Mark Curran
'Trading Pit', Ethopian Commodity Exchange ECX, Addis Abeba, Sept. 2012 © Mark Curran
'Matthew, Banker' - Canary Wharf, Londres, Mars 2013 © Mark Curran
'The Normalisation of Deviance I' - spectogram of soundscape in exhibition © Mark Curran