Kate Strain and Fiona Hallinan are both graduates of History of Art and Architecture, at Trinity College Dublin and members of the Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG), a research group based at CONNECT, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre.
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.
Kate Strain researches performativity in visual arts practice. She is artistic director at the Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria, and curator in residence 2017 at CONNECT. She was curator in residence 2016 at Cow House Studios, Wexford, and makes up one half of the paired curatorial practice RGKSKSRG. Ongoing curatorial projects include The Centre For Dying On Stage, online research and commissioning body; On Curating Histories, generative lecture series; The Man Who Sat On Himself, group exhibition for Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy; and The Enquiry, Dublin-based seminar group.