Exhibition 11 February to 26 March, 2006
Presented in collaboration with Belfast Exposed Photography and the Gallery of Photography, The Breathing Factory was a multi-media installation by Mark Curran. Curran critically surveys the working environment at the multinational corporation Hewlett-Packard Manufacturing and Technology Campus, located on the former site of a meatpacking factory in Leixlip, County Kildare. It is two million square feet in size, with almost 2,500 workers and has a single corridor three-quarters of a kilometre long running through the centre of it. It is HP’s only inkjet manufacturing plant in Europe and one of only three global sites. The South of Ireland never experienced the Industrial Revolution and yet is now defined as the ‘most globalized economy in the world’ and thus has been propelled from an agricultural-based economy to one defined as post-industrial.
The Breathing Factory is a compilation of photographs, digital video, and sound archival material taken over a twenty month period, recording both the transient spaces and the workers within this highly policed conglomerate environment.