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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 2015

08 Dec 2015 Keynote Lecture | Antony Gormley
Artist Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. To mark and celebrate Gormleys major contribution to the practice and discourse of contemporary sculpture since the 1970s, the artist will present a lecture that considers his current practice in the light of his seminal work at IMMA shortly after the museum opened in 1991. This talk will be followed by a drinks reception and is in association with AICA Ireland.

02 Dec 2015 Lecture-Performance | A past still to come
Grace Weir (artist), Dr Shane Bergin (physicist, TCD) and Dr Sean Enda Power, (philosopher, UCC) explore concepts of time and recurrence, the paradoxical nature of light and the making of a photograph in a lecture-performance, held in the lecture theatre where Erwin Schrödinger in 1943 gave a public series of lectures called What is Life?. This talk is in association with the School of Physics, TCD.

07 Nov 2015 Artists Discussion | 3 Different Nights, Reccurring: Grace Weir
Grace Weir discusses her new exhibition Three Different, Nights Reccurring at IMMA, comprising of new and existing works that span over 20 years of Weir’s creative output as well as her current projects as residency artist in the School Of Physics, Trinity College Dublin.

24 Oct 2015
13 Nov 2015
A programme of talks and events over the course of 2015-16 will address themes of Art, Memory and Place. The programme will be launched on Saturday 24 October 2015 with a keynote lecture by Professor Ann Rigney (chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht) and includes a series of artists’ responses by Shane Cullen, Cecily Brennan and Chloe Dewe Mattews. The programme continues on the 12 and 13 November 2015 with a keynote lecture by Andreas Huyssen, (Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York) and a Research Seminar that provides a forum for post-graduate researchers and scholars to present their research as it relates to the topic art | memory | place.

17 Oct 2015 Lecture + Roundtable Discussion | El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State
On the closing weekend of El Lissitzky: The Artist and the State, Catherine Morris presents a lecture on her research into the work and ideas of the key revolutionary figure of Alice Milligan in the early years of the 20th century. Followed by a discussion addressing Lissitzky’s enthusiasm for the revolution and the relevance of his ideas for contemporary artists and society, as Ireland approaches its centenary year of 1916. Discussion participants include; Rossella Biscotti, Núria Güell, Sarah Pierce, Annie Fletcher, Sarah Glennie and discussion moderator Mick Wilson (Researcher, Valand Academy: Artistic Practice in Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literature at the University of Gothenburg). A closing reception follows this event.

14 Oct 2015 Gallery Talk | What We Call Love-From Surrealism to Now
Victoria Evans (Exhibitions, IMMA) gives an introduction on a selection of key works comprising the exhibition What We Call Love - From Surrealism to Now at IMMA.

09 Oct 2015 Discussion | Shot at Dawn - Chloe Dewe Mathews
Award winning British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews, Paul Bonaventura (independent producer) and Niall Bergin (Manager, Kilmainham Gaol) discuss Shot at Dawn, a project that focuses on the sites at which British, French and Belgian troops were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918. This discussion is moderated by Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA) and marks the first day Shot at Dawn opens at IMMA.

13 Sep 2015 Lecture | The Neurobiology of Love - Semir Zeki
Semir Zeki (Professor of Neuroesthetics at the University College London) discusses his pioneering research on the organisation of the visual brain and his experimental enquiries into how a visual stimulus triggers an affective, emotional state, similar to our experience of beauty, desire and love.

13 Sep 2015 Tea Dance
IMMA invites you to join us for an afternoon tea dance for the whole family with a live show band, dancers and much more. No booking required.

11 Sep 2015 Preview Lecture | What We Call Love - Christine Macel
Christine Macel (Chief Curator at Centre Pompidou) explores how love is represented in art since the beginning of the twentieth century and is indicative of an evolution of the very concept of love over a period of 100years, taking you on a journey from Surrealism to now

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