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On Wed 16 October IMMA Members are invited to join Irish artist Elaine Hoey and Assistant Curator Rachel Gilbourne, Exhibitions, IMMA, for a gallery based discussion on Hoey’s recent commissioned work Imaginary State(s), her practice and the wider themes of the newly opened exhibition ‘Desire: A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age’ where Hoey’s work is featured.

Imaginary State(s) fuses paradigms from theatre and online computer worlds to create a real-time, live virtual-reality performance. This work poses difficult questions about how anxiety and fear can manifest within a society when the desire for individuality/difference is repressed through predetermined national identity politics. It explores the concept of the ‘other’ by examining the nature of physical and non-physical borders and boundaries. When states of existence go beyond the physical, ideas of bodies, borders, and nation-states break down, become abstract, non-binary and open to reinterpretation. The performance confronts constructs of personal and national identity to reveal the process of othering inherent in such constructions.


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. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.