Fiona Hallinan is artist and researcher for the Department of Ultimology, based at CONNECT and conducting interviews, organising events and commissions, researching and writing. She is interested in thresholds, the moment of entering a different state, or 'inducing the uncanny' (Jalal Toufic). She enacts this theme through gestures of hospitality, instigating new encounters between individuals and things. Her work has been shown at Kerlin Gallery, IMMA, Mother's Tankstation and Brown University. She is currently a member of the Science Gallery Dublin Leonardo Group and is developing projects for Fingal Arts and Grazer Kunstverein. She is a graduate of History of Art and Architecture, at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG), a research group based at CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre.
Nina Höchtl explores the practice of fiction-making as a political process in art, literature, politics, history, and popular culture, with an emphasis on feminist, queer, post- and de(s)colon/ial/izing theories and practices. This interest is closely intertwined with questions of linguistic, cultural and socio-political processes of transformation and translation, her role as an artist within them and the privileges she may lack or have as a result of gender, race, class, ethnicity, age, education and profession. Together with Julia Wieger she founded the Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps (http://www.skgal.org/) in 2012. Since 2013 she has been part of INVASORIX, a queer/cuir-feminist working group in Mexico City who is interested in songs, video clips, publications and tarot readings as activist and didactic practices. Höchtl is adjunct researcher for the Department of Ultimology as part of a working group established to undertake critical research into Styrian traditions.
Kate Strain is a curator researching performativity in contemporary visual arts practice. She is artistic director of Grazer Kunstverein, Austria and co-founder of the Department of Ultimology. She was acting curator at Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2014-15; Curator in Residence at Cow House Studios Wexford 2016; and Curator in Residence at CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and Communications, Trinity College Dublin 2017. Ongoing curatorial projects include online research and commissioning body The Centre For Dying On Stage and the paired curatorial practice with Rachael Gilbourne RGKSKSRG. She is a graduate of History of Art and Architecture, at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG), a research group based at CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre.
Julia Wieger works in art and architecture. Her work is concerned with queer feminist productions of space, archive politics, and history writing, as well as collective approaches to research, knowledge production, and design. She taught/worked/researched at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the IZK at TU Graz. From 2014-16 she was part of the transdisciplinary research project “Spaces of Commoning” at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. From 2012-17 she was a member of the board of VBKÖ – an artist run queer feminist art space in Vienna. Together with Nina Höchtl, she founded the working group Secretariat for Ghosts Archival Politics and Gaps (www.skgal.org) in 2012. Wieger is adjunct researcher for the Department of Ultimology as part of a working group established to undertake critical research into Styrian traditions.