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Series of discussions exploring art and digital culture at IMMA

The Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Goethe Institut present Lunch Bytes, an exciting new series of critical discussions that explore art and digital culture. A range of international experts on this subject will offer their perspectives on the impact of the internet on visual arts practice. The first session to launch the series of four discussions in Dublin takes place on Wednesday 12 March 2014 at 6.00pm at IMMA exploring the topic of Film/Video as a Medium.

Lunch Bytes is a series of discussions which examine the increasing use of digital technologies in relation to artistic practices. After having successfully taken place in Washington DC, the series will now be presented in Dublin. Over the course of 2014, four events will take place, each of which is dedicated to a specific topic. International artists, scholars, designers, curators and intellectuals are invited to give short presentations before engaging in a panel discussion.

The first Lunch Bytes discussion in Dublin invites artists and experts who have worked with, and written about, the medium of film/video to present and discuss their work in relation to traditional art historical disciplines and media, as well as the current digitisation of artistic practice. Speakers include: Chairperson Maeve Connolly (writer, lecturer and researcher, Dublin), Bjørn Melhus (artist, Germany) Stefan Heidenreich, (author and theorist, Center for Digital Culture, Leuphana University Lüneburg) and Saoirse Wall (artist, Dublin).

Lunch Bytes Dublin is part of a larger project organised by the Goethe-Institut in Northwest Europe. In close collaboration with local partners, the Goethe-Institut in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London and Stockholm, will set up discussions about art and digital culture. The events will refer to four major themes: medium, structures and textures, society and life. The project will culminate in an international symposium in Berlin in 2015.

Lunch Bytes is curated by Melanie Bühler (Program Curator at Goethe-Institut Amsterdam) in collaboration with the partner institutions in the listed cities.

Booking is essential. Free tickets are available at

For further information and images please contact Monica Cullinane or Patrice Molloy at Tel: +353 1 612 9900, Email: [email protected]

3 March 2014

Editors Notes


Maeve Connolly
Maeve Connolly is a lecturer in the Faculty of Film, Art & Creative Technologies at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin. Her publications include a critical history of artists in moving image ‘The Place of Artists in Cinema: Space, Site and Screen’ (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2009) and contributions to journals such as Afterall, Artforum, Art Monthly, Frieze, Journal of Curatorial Studies, MIRAJ, Mousse, Screen and The Velvet Light Trap. Her new book, ‘TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television’, will be published by Intellect in early 2014.

Stefan Heidenreich
Stefan Heidenreich is a writer, theoretician and art-critic who lives and works in Berlin. He is currently working at the Center for Digital Cultures at the University of Lüneburg. His fields of research include network and media theory, economy, and art. Most recently he has written ‘Der Preis der Welt’ (‘Pricing the World’), a book that will be published later this year. (German article: “Medienkunst gibt es nicht”)

Saoirse Wall
Saoirse Wall is an artist living and working in Dublin. She is currently completing her final year of a BA in Fine Art Media at the National College of Art and Design. Her work consists largely of performative video, images and text, often employing her own image. Much of her practice takes place online. Her work is concerned with expanded identity and the multitudinous self within the globalised world of the internet. She has recently exhibited in: A Light Spray at Portland Museum of Modern Art; Reflections in a Broken Stream at #0000FF, Online; Young Internet Based Artists pavilion as part of The Wrong Digital Art Biennale; National #Selfie Portrait Gallery at Moving Image Fair, London and in Four Floors Above at 30 North Great George’s Street, Dublin.

Bjørn Melhus
Bjørn Melhus, born 1966, is a German-Norwegian media artist. In his work he has developed a singular position, expanding the possibilities for a critical reception of cinema and television. His practice of fragmentation, destruction, and reconstitution of well-known figures, topics, and strategies of the mass media opens up not only a network of new interpretations and critical commentaries, but also defines the relationship of mass media and viewer anew. Originally rooted in an experimental film context, Bjørn Melhus’ work has been shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals. He has held screenings at Tate Modern and the LUX in London, the Museum of Modern Art (MediaScope) in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, amongst others. His work has been exhibited in shows like The American Effect at the Whitney Museum New York, the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, solo and group shows at FACT Liverpool, Serpentine Gallery London, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, ZKM Karlsruhe, Denver Art Museum among others. Since 2003 Bjørn Melhus has been Professor for Virtual Realities at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany.

Important Notice


We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June. A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. There are three exhibitions to visit  Hilary Heron: A Retrospective; Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s shop, café and gardens are all open.