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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

27 Jan 2016 Critical Discussion | Alex Danchev
Professor Alex Danchev (School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK) draws on his teachings of art and war and art and violence, to discuss how aftermath photography and the power of the imagination can best serve historical, political and ethical enquiry today. Danchev has written extensively on art and politics and good and evil in the modern world and is editor of 100 Artists Manifestos. A moderated discussion follows.

09 Dec 2015 Hot on the Heels of Love | Padraic E. Moore
Hot on the Heels of Love is a once-off event conceived as a nocturnal counterpart to the major exhibition What We Call Love at IMMA. The happening, curated by Padraic E. Moore, is a collage of performance, spoken word, screenings and live music.

08 Dec 2015 Winter Lecture 2015 | Making Space by 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 POSTPONED : 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.

27 Nov 2015 In Conversation | Marie Brett and Mary Dorcey
Marie Brett (artist) and Mary Dorcey (poet) discuss the intersections of poetry, film, public artworks and gallery contexts in relation to E.gress; a film exploring the twilight world of dementia, presented in IMMAs Project Spaces.

25 Nov 2015 Gallery Talk: Sarah Glennie
Sarah Glennie (Director, IMMA) leads a curators walk-through of the exhibition Shot at Dawn by the British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews.

18 Nov 2015 Lecture | What We Call Love - Maureen Gaffney
In conjunction with the IMMA exhibition What We Call Love, Dr Maureen Gaffney, a clinical psychologist, broadcaster and the author of Flourishing draws on her research into the science of emotional intelligence, human functioning and strategies for building fulfilling lives, to offer insights into how we can all benefit from a longer look at love and its various guises in contemporary society.

13 Nov 2015 Art | Memory| Place : Research Seminar
Focusing on developments in contemporary art, this research seminar presents work by a range of emerging postgraduate research as it relates to the themes of art, memory and place.

12 Nov 2015 Art | Memory| Place: Keynote Lecture by Andreas Huyssen
Andreas Huyssen Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York will discuss transnational art practices involving the history of European modernism and contemporary artists who deal with difficult pasts, focusing on the work of Doris Salcedo, William Kentridge and Nalini Malani.

10 Nov 2015 Ormston House + IMMA | Artist Talk:Mark Dion
Internationally renowned artist Mark Dion (USA) presents a talk that explores his interests in the politics of national history collections, preservation, and extinction.

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