INREACH (2010-2018) was a process, devised by Dr. Jessica Foley as part of her doctoral research, to support transdisciplinary conversation and reflection within the wider CONNECT (formerly CTVR) research programme. INREACH encouraged CONNECT researchers to reflect on the ethics, politics and aesthetics of network and communications engineering research. By bringing different modes of inquiry and knowledges into relation with CONNECT’s mainstream research, INREACH activities generated new conversations and collaborations (e.g. OMG) amongst CONNECT researchers through creative and improvisational practices.
The Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG) is a virtual transdisciplinary research platform founded within the CONNECT research centre, at Trinity College Dublin. OMG’s broad purpose has been to generate new research orientations that can produce insights on technology, creativity and society. As a research platform, OMG aims to generate conditions for different researchers and publics to share ideas, raise questions and open up critical dialogue about ICT research with key stakeholders.
OMG consists of artists, writers, postdoctoral, postgraduate and visiting/associate researchers located within CONNECT at TCD and Maynooth University and at NCAD and IADT, as well as the Kunstverein Aughrim and the Department of Ultimology. The group’s individual research practices span a variety of approaches and disciplines, including Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Epistemology, Computer Science, Urban Planning, Critical Theory, Art, Poetry, Engineering and Architecture.