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Listen here to previous Talks and Lectures by artists, historians, curators and others, who discuss a range of themes and artworks in connection to the Exhibitions and Collection programme at IMMA. Selected recordings are part of the IMMA Audio Archive in operation from 1991 to present.

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Talks, Lectures & Events 2014

19 Jul 2014
12:00 to 18:00
Screening | Helio Oiticica
Cesar Oiticica Filhos first film is a visually striking found-footage documentary about the filmmakers uncle, Helio Oiticica (1937-1980), one of the most important Brazilian artists of the 20th Century. DROP IN.

19 Jul 2014
16:00 to 16:45
Discussion | Cesar Oiticica Filho + Rachael Thomas
Curators of Helio Oiticica: Propositions, Cesar Oiticica Filho and Rachael Thomas (Head of Exhibitions, IMMA) discuss the unique conception and development of this major exhibition at IMMA.

26 Jul 2014
12:00 to 12:45
Gardeners Tour | Cathal O Sullivan
Cathal O Sullivan (Craft Gardener, Formal Gardens, RHK-IMMA) leads a tour of the formal gardens, and discusses how its history, heritage, plants and vistas have most inspired him.

26 Jul 2014
13:00 to 14:00
Discussion | Cultural Trends in Irish Gastronomy
Michelle Darmody (Food journalist, writer, and Restaurateur, Cake Cafe) leads a discussion with Jess Murphy (Chef and Restaurateur of Kai, Galway ) and Mark Garry (artist) on how new cultural trends in Irish gastronomy are informing collaborative ideas between artists, chefs and restaurateurs.

26 Jul 2014
14:00 to 15:00
Gallery Discussion + Open Studios | Unseen Presence
Janice Hough ( Coordinator, Residency Programme, IMMA) introduces the Project Spaces’ new exhibition Unseen Presence with exhibiting artists.DROP IN.

31 Jul 2014
17:00 to 18:00
Discussion + Preview | David Kronn + Sean Kissane
Sean Kissane (Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA) leads a gallery discussion with David Kronn on a selection of photographic works featured in the new exhibition Second Sight: The David Kronn.

06 Aug 2014
13:15 to 14:00
Gallery Talk | Karen Sweeney
Karen Sweeney (Assistant Curator, Exhibitions, IMMA) discusses a selection of works featured in the exhibition Isabel Nolan : The weakened Eye of Day.

13 Aug 2014
17:00 to 18:00
Artists Conversations | IMMA’s Residency Programme
Join the IMMA artists in residence and guests for a series of informal conversations, happenings and studio gatherings that will explore the artists’ current group show Unseen Presence.

22 Aug 2014
13:15 to 14:00
Gallery Talk | Oiticica - Propositions
David Fagan (Exhibitions, IMMA) introduces the practice of Oiticica and explore various narratives that comprise Oiticica’s Proposition series.

27 Aug 2014
18:00 to 19:00
In Conversation | Isabel Nolan + Sally O Reilly
Isabel Nolan (artist) discusses her artistic approach for the current exhibition The Weakened Eye of Day with Sally O Reilly (writer for art and culture publications, including Art Monthly, Cabinet and Frieze).

04 Sep 2014
18:00 to 19:00
Conversation | Vaari Claffey + Sarah Pierce
Vaari Claffey (Founding Curator, Gracelands) and Sarah Pierce (artist) discuss the various iterations of Gracelands since its conception in 2008.

10 Sep 2014
18:00 to 19:00
Lecture | Emma Mahony
Emma Mahony (Associate Lecturer, NCAD), will examine how Oiticicas practice has been inspired by the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and more widely how the informal city has been perceived by artists and intellectuals.

17 Sep 2014
13:15 to 14:00
Gallery Talk | IMMA Collections - Conversations
Christina Kennedy (Head of Collections, IMMA) explores some of the ideas and visual conversations and will also focus on pioneering gallerist David Hendriks.

20 Sep 2014
12:00 to 14:30
Seminar | Art in the Contemporary Universe
This seminar will explore a number of themes prompted by the exhibition The Weakened Eye of Day by Isabel Nolan (IMMA June-September, 2014). The themes under discussion could be understood as impossibly vast ideas, involving huge, probably unanswerable questions that allow the participants to roam between the realms of science, aesthetics and philosophy.

24 Sep 2014
17:00 to 18:00
Discussion | Caroline McCarthy + Marguerite O Molloy
Marguerite O Molloy (Assistant Curator) and Caroline McCarthy (artist) discuss their co-curation of McCarthys Group Coordination (Red), 2011, and its responding reconfiguration for the gallery and architecture of IMMA

26 Sep 2014
26 Jul 2014
Second Level Talk | Des Ward
Des Kelly (artist and Lecturer, IADT) presents Common Places; the place of research in visual thinking, notebooks, models, and gatherings, for a talk that explores the artwork’s experimental world, through notebooks, models, trials and events.

01 Oct 2014
18:00 to 19:00
IMMA + NUIM - Lecture | Edward Soja
Edward Soja (Professor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, USA) discusses Henri Lefebvres pioneering concept of the right to the city, and the production of social spaces, as a framework to address how issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality intersect with the spatiality of social life, in generating new cultural politics of difference and identity.

04 Oct 2014
13:00 to 14:00
Artist Response | Brian Hand
Brian Hand focuses on Everybody Must Get Stones by Noel Sheridan in which to reflect on Sheridans broader legacy as artist and educator within the development of the collaborative and participatory arts in Ireland.

07 Oct 2014
18:00 to 19:00
Authors Talk | Sarah Thornton
Sarah Thornton compares and contrasts answers to the simple but profound question; what is an artist? Sarah Thornton is author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts, and writes on contemporary the Economist, the Guardian, The Art Newspaper and the New Yorker.

17 Oct 2014
13:00 to 14:30
GOETHE INSTITUTE + IMMA - Discussion | Lunch Bytes
This session explores the topic Society, Public Space and Architecture in which to address how digital technologies have altered the way buildings can be conceived, conceptualized and modeled.

31 Oct 2014
13:15 to 14:00
Critical Response | Justin Carville
In response to the exhibition Second Sight : David Kronn Collection, Justin Carville (Lecturer, IADT) reflects on the history and legacy of Magnum photography within the practice of a current generation of contemporary photographers.

Further Information

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