Pádraic E. Moore

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Pádraic E. Moore (b. 1982) is a writer, curator, and art historian. He holds a BA in History of Art and English Literature from University College Dublin (2004), an MA in Visual Art Practices from IADT, Dublin (2007), and completed CuratorLab, the postgraduate programme at Konstfack University, Stockholm (2010). Moore’s practice is shaped by the belief that visual art enables alternative modes of interaction in a world increasingly led by techno­logical rationality. Moore’s curatorial methodology is meticulous but subjective, and is informed by an acute awareness of the artist’s individual position.

Moore’s research interests focus on the influence of esoteric philosophies upon the literary and visual arts. Recent study considers how occult organisations, such as the Theosophical Society, offered a vital catalyst for change in late 19th and early 20th century art. Moore’s projects often explore how contemporary culture has embraced aesthetics and ideals informed by such esoteric traditions; chronicling the work of artists who refer to or follow in this tradition is an integral aspect of his practice. Recent projects include: Music for Chameleons, a project for EVA International: Still (the) Barbarians, Limerick, (2016); Now is forever lasting constant in the mind, a project for Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, (2016); Ψ (Psi), a project for Fokidos Gallery, Athens (2015) and Hot on the Heels of Love, a project for The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2015). Moore is currently co-curating I Went to the Woods: The Artist as Wanderer, a group exhibition at Glucksman Gallery, Cork (July, 2016).

Independent curatorial projects include: The Girl With The Sun In Her Head, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2015); A Modern Panarion, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2014); The Temple of Psychic Youth, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin (2013); As Above, So Below, G126, Galway (2012); Luminous Flux: Andreas Kindler von Knobloch, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2012); Conclave: Agne Raceviciute, Galleria Collicaligreggi, Catania (2012); Maradona two for four: Cullinan/Richards, The Lab, Dublin (2010); Aion Experiments, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2010); Sunday Night: Aleana Egan, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2009); Whispering Pines: Shana Moulton, Broadcast Gallery, Dublin (2009).

Co-curated projects include: Journey to the Lower World: Marcus Coates, EVA International, Limerick (2012);  Periodical Review, Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin (2012); Vedere un oggetto, verdure la luce / To see an object, to see the light, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene/Turin (2011); Nevertheless Faith is in the Air, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2010);  Invocation of My Demon Brother, Irish Film Institute, Dublin (2010).  Moore was assistant curator at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane for several years and worked on a number of exhibitions, including Disturbance: Willie Doherty  (2011); Civil Rights. Richard Hamilton/Rita Donagh (2011); A Terrible Beauty: Francis Bacon (2009); Now’s The Time (2008); Egg Fight: Yinka Shonibare (2008).

Moore has participated in several residencies, including The Curatorial Studio Award at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin (2009/10); Curators Residency Programme at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2011); Israeli Center for Digital Art Research Residency, Holon (2012); and Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt Residency Programme, Berlin (2007). Moore is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and the Society for Psychical Research. He has written extensively for exhibition catalogues, websites, magazines and journals.


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