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By the artist, May 30 2016 11:04AM


I moved into the new studios and spent some time trying to work out the transport and parking routes, and coffee routes. I'm delighted to be part of this residency and think its a really unique supportive situation that will provide numerous pathways for research and new developments in my work. It will also crucially allow me to build an understanding of the important research and studies that professionals in the field are undertaking.

I set up a few new projects in the studio based on prints from a MRI scan and also new digital collage prints on fabric based around early 20th century advertising, electrical drawings from basic geiger counter circuits, and original maps from Bikini Atoll.

I also met and did a short interview with senior lecturer in the School of Physics Dr Luis Leon Vintro BSc PhD. He outlined some of the research that has gone into testing the Irish sea and the particles that can be found in the environment after Sellafiled over many years. He also outlined the testing that found elements of cesium in Ireland in the atmosphere post the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

I also worked on a large submission for an international project that may now go in a new direction.


After a period of intense administration I'm trying to catch up on some reading and research. In particular recommended by Dr Luis Leon Vintro:

Radioactivity in the Irish sea: Past Practices, Present status and Future Perspectives by P.I.Mitchell, P.J.Kershaw and L.Leon Vintro. (Chapter: 7, Publisher: Les Editions de Physique, Editors: P. Guegueniat, P. Germain, H. Metivier, pp.155-175. January 1996).


Making sense of Sellafield, The Royal Irish Academy, (RIA conference papers 2002).

A new exhibition called Portrait of a nation, just opened in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix park, 8th April to 29th May, which included one of my works from the OPW national collection.

I also had an installation open on the 24th March (-30 April) in a new exhibition called Americana, in the Dock in Carrick on Shannon, curated by Linda Shevlin with Brian Duggan (me)(IE) John Gerrard (IE) Kim Shively (USA) M12 Studio (USA). http://www.thedock.ie


On 21/22/23 I travelled to Brussels to present a work at Art Brussels. The sculpture “This short-term evacuation' was an original commission for Dublin Contemporary in 2011. The director of Art Brussels Katerina Gregos selected this piece for a special project “out of the box' with 12 other sculptures to present a new Sculptural Flaneur within the new site Tour and taxis in Brussels.

I started a new project based around mapping, the environment and the landscape, post situations of disturbances. It will be ongoing and possibly never finished.

I started planning for a major new installation that will be presented in Project in June in Dublin. At this stage we are mostly dealing with engineering drawings and trying to figure out can things, work, will they fit and why are we doing each element. http://projectartscentre.ie/event/ryou-un-maru/

I also have a solo exhibition in Basel in Switzerland in June and I'm making new work for the installation titled 'A cause for concern, but not alarm'. http://balzerprojects.com/exhibition-upcoming/


This short term Evacuation 2011, Art Brussels 2016

By the artist, Apr 6 2016 02:13PM

It's been a great start to the residency at UCD Parity Studios, a number of exciting pathways of research related to my proposal have opened up in the UCD School of Physics. Its been great meeting with Staff & Researchers in the Space Science Group, Prof Lorraine Hanlon, Professor of Astronomy at UCD, Dr Antonio Martin-Carillo post doc researcher and David Murphy PhD student in the UCD Space Science Group.

I have enjoyed attending the Space Science & Technology small satellite workshops . Here using Raspberri pi and python a number of groups are building the hardware circuits ,software and casing for four small satellites each with a specific mission. The Satellites will be launched in May .

With the help of Systems Architect Daniel Vagg of Parameter Space company at the School of Physics I've been exploring some real time ESA GAIA Satellite Data with a view to creating a data driven intervention.

I have also been exploring cosmic Gamma Ray Bursts through the many active researchers in UCD School of Physics, in their detection and observation and the development of new materials used in robotic GRB telescopes.

I was excited to attend the Irish Space Industry Groups first small satellite workshop hosted here at UCD.


UCD Space Science MSc Small Satellite Workshop. Circuit & 3D Printed casing. 2016

UCD, Space Science Msc, Small Satellite Workshop. Gamma Ray Detector Circuit.2016

UCD Space Science ,MSc Small Satellite Workshop. 2016

U.S. Vela satellite. Gamma-ray bursts were first observed in the late 1960s by the U.S. Vela satellites which were built to detect gamma radiation pulses emitted by nuclear weapons tested in space.

By the artist, Mar 15 2016 02:44AM

Philosophy, and the theories of Michel Serres have led me to the School Of Veterinary Medicine and in particular to the Laboratories Of Parasitology, where with the compliance of Professor Grace Mulcahy and the researchers in the Parasitology Labs, I have been exploring the research environment and the scientific identity of parasites. I have been playing with the imagery that I have found flipping backwards and forwards in history to follow the language used and the knowledge trail of what we believe we know about parasites, and to see how that knowledge is evolving.

To progress the dialog between the creative and scientific positions we are going to do some drawing, I have devised six classes to develop meticulous observation and representation and also to engage the creative right side of brain. I am pleasantly surprised that in this age of electron micrography, the more primal art of drawing is so highly regarded.

By the artist, Mar 15 2016 02:21AM

I’m so pleased to have started the residency, which kicked off by screening three of my films at UCD’s Cinema with a short audience discussion afterwards.

Since then it’s been great meeting with staff from The Human Rights Centre and the Schools of Law and Sociology and Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice. I’m really enjoying conversations, attending lectures and being introduced to new writings and thinking (especially recently around hauntings plus feminist and gender theory), which relate to my own artwork/practice.

I’ve also been visiting UCD’s Centre for Irish Folklore and researching different archive materials surrounding Irish death customs; seeing some great footage, sound recordings and written accounts.

And this experience/material is beginning to filter into my artist’s studio work, (in Parity Studios’ converted laboratories in UCD School of Physics) where I’m exploring ideas around ethics and representation through mixed-media.


Still from film ‘2 ROADS’ by Marie Brett

Still from film ‘E.gress’ by Marie Brett & Kevin O’Shanahan

Still from ‘Death Customs in Ireland’ Part of Reel Lives series. Copyright RTE

In-progress works: Ethics | Representation by Marie Brett

By the artist, Apr 22 2014 01:54PM

written by Lorraine Hanlon

Meadhbh O'Connor has created a sculptural 'Ship of Science' as the major piece of her end of residency exhibition at UCD Science.

The elements of the sculpture capture the scope of science's exploration of air, earth, fire and water.

The traditional tools of the scientist's trade - glassware, cables, retort stands - are repurposed to become the structure's building blocks,presenting a romantic view of the science of times past.

It may seem that the scientific world of one hundred years ago, which this sculpture calls to mind, was a simpler one. But is science done differently now compared to then? I think the answer is mostly 'yes'.

But in many areas, scientific research is conducted by teams, sometimes collaborating at a global level.

This is a natural evolution. Scientific knowledge has grown so rapidly in so many disciplines that it could not possibly be in the head of a single person.

In parallel,the questions that science is trying to answer are extraordinarily complex and tap into different domains of knowledge. Answering these questions often requires the construction and operation of complex, expensive and specialised facilities, such as particle accelerators, telescopes and...ships!

So, while celebrating the science of times past, Meadhbh's sculpture also presents a facet of modern science.

The ship represents the Tara research vessel- an international platform for research into the world's oceans and climate change. Modern scientists have to get out there in the field and collect data, in the same way as our scientific forebears did. It can be physically (as well as intellectually) demanding work.

But of course, the joy is in the discovery of new knowledge about how the world works. 'Unknown Shores' captures that sense too. the ship is robust and tethered, but appears to float effortlessly.

In any era science is about exploration and discovery. 'Unknown Shores' captures that spirit beautifully.

The exhibition runs from April 10th to April 26th. Mon -Sat, 10am -5pm.

O' Brien Centre for Science, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4

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