‘Co-location’ is a solo exhibition of new work by Fiona Marron completed while on residency at RUA RED. The exhibition encompasses elements of video and sculptural installation, which together, through a number of researched histories, examine value systems and probe the dynamic infrastructure behind current international channels of trade.
Through engaging in a process of enquiry surrounding a transformational period in Chicago’s trading history, the crossovers between the worlds of science fiction and global finance are considered within the exhibition Co-location. In focus is a key figure of that history, former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, who accredits the major changes he implemented in computerising financial trading to ideas first imagined in his sci-fi writing of the eighties. Alongside his several published titles in the line of finance, his only published sci-fi title can be seen as the catalyst for the worlds first futures electronic trading platform, and a consequential step towards the proliferation of trades made globally today.
In the course of following up one such history, other tangential histories have emerged and are explored within Co-location. The advancement of fibre optic technology has been paramount to the developments in global trading, facilitating the current widespread practice of high frequency trading (HFT), a volatile and contentious activity. As a system, its operations are internet dependent and thus rooted in a physical network of sub-sea and earth optical fibre cables, an infrastructure which also becomes relevant in the exhibitions manifestation. With questions around the importance of geographical specificity another fundamental concern, the work engages consideration around the nature of time-space compression.
Fiona Marron was born in Co. Monaghan in 1987. She graduated from Fine Art at Dublin Institute of Technology in 2009 and is currently completing an MA in Visual Arts Practice, IADT Dun Laoghaire. Solo exhibitions include ‘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). Group exhibitions include ‘At the level of entitiy’, The LAB, Dublin (2013) ‘Construct #1’ at Monster Truck Gallery, ‘Portrait of Space’ at Clonlea Studios, Dublin (2011), ‘Hidden Memories, Lost Traces’ at Sinopale: Third Sinop Biennial, Turkey, ‘Switch: As Process’ at Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2010) and Reverse Pedagogy III, Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo (2009).
Dates: 21 Sep – 16 Nov
Time: Mon to Sat, 10am – 6pm