RUSH: Decolonising Research at Goethe-Institut Irland, Dublin


Date(s) - 15/01/2020 - 28/02/2020

Goethe-Institut Irland





Curated by Aoife Banks, Laragh Conroy, Noah O’Brien Galli, Ronan O’Reilly, Philipp Schroeder and Paul Roy.

Six file cabinets. Six objects.

The spectacle of administration meets the theatrics of curating. A Minimalist gesture deployed to stage relationships between the body and the work, RUSH is exactly how research is not meant to happen. Maori anthropologist Linda Tuhiwai Smith identifies research as a dirty word, originating out of colonialist pursuits that characterise knowledge as a one-sided acquisition. Decolonisation is the undoing of this conceit. Once established territories become unsettled. Disinterested in the extraordinary discovery and unable to correct past wrongs, RUSH musters research as subordinated labour. Like the native plant that takes over the countryside, menacing and unruly, annoying the experts, RUSH fails its subject and refuses to be put to good use. Ours is not redemptive. We struggle, fruitlessly, but struggle

Part of Common Denominator, a two-year programme in the Goethe-Institut’s Return Gallery curated by Art in the Contemporary World MA/MFA students. Through exhibitions, seminars, discussions and more, it interrogates what it means to speak of political solidarity, civic standards or even aesthetic values. ACW is a theorypractice MA/MFA in the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Common
Denominator is supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland in collaboration with the National College of Art & Design.

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