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Irish artist and film-maker Vivienne Dick discusses a selection of works presented at IMMA with Selina Robertson, freelance writer and film programmer of Club des Femmes based in the UK. Their discussion together will explore the locations, themes and characters that span Dick’s compelling film making practice of the last four decades. This talk gives a deeper understandings of artist’s unique approach to film that continues to evade distinctions of documentary, fiction, video art and music in dealing with social and sexual politics. This talk is programmed in conjunction with the current exhibition Vivienne Dick, 93% STARDUST, presented at IMMA from 16 June–15 October 2017.

About the Artist

Vivienne Dick

Vivienne Dick is an internationally celebrated filmmaker and artist. Born in Donegal in 1950 she began making Super 8 films while living in New York in the late seventies. Dick was a key figure within ‘No Wave’, a short-lived avant-garde scene in the late 1970s in New York led by a collective of musicians, filmmakers and artists including Nan Goldin, Lydia Lunch, Arto Lindsay, James Chance and many others. Her work is marked by an interest in urban street life, social and sexual politics, and the history of ideas. Retrospectives of her work include Seville European Film Festival (2016,) Tate Modern (2010), Crawford Art Gallery (2009), and Berlin Film Festival (1988). Group shows include Big as Life, MoMA, New York, The Whitney Biennial, Golden Thread Gallery and The Untold Want, RHA. Her work has shown at Oberhausen, Courtisane, BFI London, Lisbon Estoril, CPH: DOX Copenhagen and New York Film Festivals, amongst others. A DVD of three of her films was published by LUX and a collection was published by Crawford Art Gallery in collaboration with LUX in 2009. Dick has work is in the collections of MoMA, New York, Anthology Archives and the Irish Film Archives, and her films are distributed by LUX London and The Film Maker’s Cooperative, New York. In 2017 IMMA presented 93% STARDUST, a survey exhibition of Dick’s work.
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About the Speaker

Selina Robertson is a freelance film programmer and writer. For the past 20 years she has worked in cultural film exhibition with a variety of organisations such as the BFI, The Film Council and the Independent Cinema Office. In 2007, she co-founded Club des Femmes, a queer feminist film curating collective with Sarah Wood.Most recently Club des Femmes curated ‘Being Ruby Rich’ at the Barbican, a film season celebrating the work of feminist cultural theorist B. Ruby Rich. Selina is currently doing a film PhD at Birkbeck researching London’s 1980s-1990s queer and feminist film curatorial histories.

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