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You can listen back to a selection of previous Talks by visiting our soundcloud channel. IMMA has a dynamic talks programme with regular contributions from artists, historians and curators, all discussing underlying themes from the Exhibitions and Collection programmes at IMMA.

Selected recordings are part of the IMMA Audio Archive in operation from 1991 to present.

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Booking is essential for all Talks and Lectures at IMMA. Tickets are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. Find below details and booking information for the current programme. Please check back regularly as new talks and events are added each month.

Talks, Lectures & Events 2017

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POSTPONED - Discussion / Faith of the Faithless – Simon Critchley
How do beliefs lead people to act in the world? From the paradox of politics and religion, this talk contemplates structures of faith and the deficit of moral life and ethical action in neoliberal society. Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy, The New School, New York.

15 Jun 2017
18:00 to 18:45
Preview Talk / Rachael Thomas & Nan Goldin
Nan Goldin, Sweet Blood Call, Racheal Thomas, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA and renowned American artist and photographer Nan Goldin discusses her connections to Ireland, bringing to light the influence of individual relationships on Goldin’s work, including a 40year friendship with Irish artist and film-maker Vivienne Dick, who is featured in several of Goldin’s photographic works.

20 Jun 2017
19:00 to 20:00
Lecture / Art as a Compass towards the Future - Mark Patrick Hederman
Benedictine monk and writer Mark Patrick Hederman address the role artists can play in the future. Hederman draws on his scholarship of art and psychology and living a monastic life in the 21 century, Hederman discusses his proposition that art is its own kind of religion and therefore is prophetic.

24 Jun 2017
13:00 to 14:00
Artists Talk / Ellen Altfest on the work of Freud
Renowned American painter Ellen Altfest responds to a selection of Freud works presented in IMMA’s galleries, inviting us to considering a subjective response to human form.

01 Jul 2017
31 Aug 2017
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series : Drop In
Join IMMAs in house curators for an insightful walkthrough of current exhibitions in the galleries

04 Jul 2017
19:00 to 20:00
Talk & Reading / The Lure of Lakes – Michael Harding
Michael Harding, author, playwright and Irish Times columnist, talks with great honesty and wit about, life, love, the sublime and pursuits of spiritual transformation.

25 Jul 2017
18:30 to 20:00
Presented in partnership with IMMA’s exhibition ‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’, aemi is delighted to collaborate with artist Susan MacWilliam to present ‘Out of Body’, a selection of films that explore the psychic and physical spaces of body and landscape.

20 Sep 2017
18:30 to 19:30
Lecture / Claire Pajaczkowska - New York No Wave
Dr Claire Pajaczkowskawork discusses the friendships and creative circles that inspired artists Nan Goldin, Vivienne Dick and their contemporary pioneers of the No Wave movement born out of downtown New York. This talk examines the cultural contexts and feminist politics of New York’s underground scene of 1970s to mid-80’s that became the melting pot for a subculture of avant-garde artists, musician and film-makers to cross pollinate and establish a defining period in the history of film, art, and music.

27 Sep 2017
18:30 to 19:30
Artists Conversation / Vivienne Dick & Beverley Zalcock
Irish artist and film-maker Vivienne Dick discusses with writer, lecturer and film maker Beverley Zalcock a selection of works presented at IMMA, exploring the locations, themes and characters that span Dick’s compelling film making practice of the last four decades.

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