Martin McCabe
Lecturer DIT_GradCAM DIT Fellow

Martin McCabe is a DIT Fellow in the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media. His current research is in the visual cultures of the urban imaginary, everyday life and the archive and the politics of pedagogy. He has been on secondment as the DIT Fellow at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM) since January 2008. Although educated as a visual artist, his practice has been focused on organizational and facilitative activities and educational and critical modes of production, namely his involvement through the Critical Access artists run collective in the international conference ‘Critical Sites: Issues in Critical Art practice and Pedagogy in 1998. Since the early 1990s, he has lectured in Cultural Studies at the National College of Art and Design (1993-1995), been the education officer of Arthouse (1995-1996) and a lecturer and the programme co-ordinator for the MSc in Multimedia Systems in TCD (1996-1998). Since arriving at the DIT, he has been involved in postgraduate research in education and curriculum development, particularly in the areas of practice-based research and issues surrounding media pedagogy.

Doctoral supervision includes both practice-based projects and text-based scholarship on subjects such as: photography and visual studies, visual ethnographic methods and the politics and formation of photographic, moving image archives and education, network cultures, locative media and music.

Research Publications
Selected Research


‘Cities Belong to No-One in Particular…’: Dislocating and Relocating Moore Street’, in Moore Street Lending Library Index 05-06 (ed.) Daniel Jewesbury. Firestation Artist Publications: Dublin.

‘Dark Portraits: John Gerrard’, in The Visual Artists’ News Sheet Review Supplement. Issue 1, December.

‘The New Painting: Elina Brotherus’, in Source, Autumn.

‘Notes from the Factory Floor’, Catalogue Essay, in The Breathing Factory: Mark Curran (Edition Braus/Belfast Exposed: Köln/Belfast).

‘Topographies of Suspicion and Memory’. Catalogue Essay, in Disputed Territory: Anthony Haughey. Gallery of Photography, Dublin.

‘Heteroptera: Images of a Mutating World: Cornelia Hesse-Honnegger’ Circa, Winter.

‘Contemporary Irish Art’. Co-authored with Michael Wilson, in William J. McCormack (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to Modern Irish Culture. London: Blackwell.

‘Present Tense: Some Notes on Images from Ireland’. Catalogue Essay. Revealing Views: Images from Ireland.London: Royal Festival Hall.

Selected Conferences

‘The Image and the Archival Imagination’, Global City and Media Ethnography Summer School, Department of Culture and Communications, New York University and the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, June.

‘Urban Contact Zones: Remapping Moore Street’, Department of Culture and Communication,, Steinhardt School of Education, New York University, USA.

Media Appearances
2007 ‘The Eleventh Hour’, RTE Radio 1 (Paraic Breathnach), ‘Photography and Election Posters’.

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