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ArtBox is delighted to present new work by Fiona Marron, UCD Artist in Residence 2015.


Proving Ground, explores Ireland's communications infrastructure and it's significance historically. Through video, photography and installation this project 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 it's 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, by UCD Optical Engineer Derek Cassidy. Linking America to Europe, this new submarine cable is designed to be the most secure transatlantic cable system in existence and has it's 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.


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).



This project was curated by ArtBox Director Dr. Hilary Murray.

ARTBOX, Unit 3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1









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

An Exhibition by Fiona Marron

Curated by Dr. Hilary Murray


ArtBox, Unit 3 James Joyce Street, Dublin 1.

April 1st - 30th, 2016.


PROVING GROUND at ArtBox. Installation shot by Dr. Hilary Murray




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Cable Sections. Photograph. Fiona Marron

Laying the Cable. Video still. Fiona Marron