PROVING GROUND: The Age of Independence, The Internet and Ireland

Exhibition Dates: April 1st-30th. Preview: Thursday, March 31st (6-8pm)

ArtBox is delighted to present a new work by artist Fiona Marron. Marron’s. PROVING GROUND, explores Ireland’s communications infrastructure and its significance historically. This extensive project also explores how  Ireland’s perceived neutrality and geographical location contributed to the cultivation of a scientific research tradition, nurturing its existence as a location for experimental systems.

Juxtaposing the contemporary with the historical, the work presents the latest Irish cable station in its preparation for a new fibre optic cable to be put in service during 2016, together with an account of Ireland’s position within the development of cable technology over the past century. Linking America to Europe, this new submarine cable is designed to be the most secure transatlantic cable system in existence and has its landfall on the west coast of Ireland. The cable’s onward course is observed at various junctures in the Irish landscape, beneath which it follows a trajectory to the featured cable station.This work was developed in association with the UCD Art in Science Residency programme – Parity Studios.

Fiona Marron was born in Co. Monaghan in 1987 and now lives and works in Dublin. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology (2009) and an MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT Dun Laoghaire (2013). Solo exhibitions include ‘Pivot a closed path’ at Flat Time House, London (2015), ‘Co-location’ at RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre (2013), ‘Last and First Men’ at The Joinery, Dublin (2011), ‘As Topic and Tool’ at The Joinery (2010) and ‘For Who Knows What’ at FOUR, Dublin (2009). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Bandits live comfortably in the ruins’, Flat Time House, London (2016), ‘Reverse Pugin!’ at St. Cartage Hall, Lismore Caste Arts, Co.Waterford (2015), ‘In Free Circulation’ at Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin (2014), ‘Ingenious Showcase’ at The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire (2014) and ‘At the level of entity’ at The LAB, Dublin (2013).


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