Illuminating Art & Ideas
The Centre for Indisciplinary Research | Nathan O’Donnell
Curated by Aoife Tunney
4–6 pm, Wednesday 11 March 2020
Including an in-conversation between Dr Nathan O’Donnell and Dr Patrick Bresnihan, Iontas Seminar Room, Iontas Building, Maynooth University (North Campus), 4 pm.
From March to May 2020, the Illuminations Gallery in Maynooth University will be home to The Centre for Indisciplinary Research. Consisting of an exhibition, a pamphlet, and an educational programme, devised by writer and researcher Nathan O’Donnell, the Centre will function as a framework for a set of questions about discipline and indiscipline in the university.
Discipline is an infrastructural category, a way of organising and regulating knowledge. The university is a disciplinary body. So what happens to this kind of body at moments of indiscipline – during student protests, occupations, strikes? Such actions often become a cue for improvised alternative curricula, programmes of talks and seminars that take place outside of disciplinary confines, reflecting politicised, practical concerns, focusing on questions of labour and social justice, becoming conduits for institutional critique.
This is a project that considers precisely what it is that happens at those moments when discipline breaks down.
In preparation for this project, O’Donnell has been working with a postgraduate student group on the MA Literatures of Engagement, exploring these questions in relation to anarchist theory, radical pedagogy, and alternative approaches to disciplinarity and the organisation of knowledge.
Join us for the opening of The Centre for Indisciplinary Research on Wednesday 11 March 2020, featuring a conversation between the artist – Dr Nathan O’Donnell – and Dr Patrick Bresnihan, lecturer in the Geography Department at Maynooth and previously founder and organiser of the Provisional University.