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Listen to Talks & Lectures

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 2016

13 Dec 2016 Live Performance: Jaki Irvine - If the Ground Should Open...
Jaki Irvine presents the entirety of her new work for IMMA, If the Ground Should Open... performed live by the project performers; Louise Phelan, Cats Irvine, Cherry Smyth, Hilary Knox, Izumi Kimura, Liz McClaren, Jane Hughes, Aura Stone and Sarah Grimes in the atmospheric surrounds of the Great Hall at IMMA, where the footage for the original sound and video work was developed. Ticket price of 8Euros includes booking fee and beverages after the performance.

National commemorations operate within a framework of national identity and defined statehood – frameworks that are increasingly contested and problematic within global discourses on the shifting relationship between civil society and the state and the land.Diverging propositions on the changing role of the artist and the state will be presented by: Annie Fletcher/ Mick Wilson / Emily Jacir, / Jaki Irvine / Duncan Campbell / Sarah Browne / Jesse Jones / Tina Kinsella / Lisa Godson, Historian of Design and Material Culture, NCAD / Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili / Sarah Glennie / Ailbhe Murphy.

26 Nov 2016 Lecture Performance : Love Letter to Mars, Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili
Love Letter to Mars is a lecture performance by Palestine based collaborators Lara Khaldi and Yazan Khalili. The work stages an exchange of letters between two earthly lovers and their fictional friend who has left earth to go and live on Mars.

24 Nov 2016 Artist Talk: Emily Jacir, Europa
Melding life with art, Emily Jacir discusses her powerful artistic development and motivations in making work that deals with the Palestinian experience.

15 Nov 2016 Lecture: Martin Waldmeier - Speaking in Tongues
Why do so many in the art world speak such an opaque and impenetrable jargon? In a non-academic lecture, Martin Waldmeier, research & teaching fellow in the ‘Art in the Contemporary World’ MA programme at NCAD and resident curator at IMMA, will take this question as a starting point to discuss the complex role of language in contemporary art, the Babel problem and the fascinating history of world languages.

11 Nov 2016 Art | Memory | Place: Karen E. Till — Wounded Cities
Dr Karen Till, Senior Lecturer of Cultural Geography, Maynooth University, discusses memory, national identity, systemic violence and the possibilities of spatial justice in the cites of Berlin, Cape Town, Bogotá and Minneapolis.

26 Oct 2016 Seminar: Beyond Art Activism
How can artists and artists’ collectives best navigate the passage from our current neoliberalized art landscape to a radically democratic one? Organised in collaboration with Dr Emma Mahony, NCAD; this seminar focusses on the gradual de-politicization of public art spheres, by neoliberal values and practices. Speakers include: Jonas Stahl, artist /founder of New World Summit; Mel Evans, artist / campaigner, Liberate Tate, Dr Dave Beech, Dr Andy Hewitt, Dr Mel Jordan of Freee Art Collective and others.

20 Oct 2016 Talk/Preview: IMMA Collection Freud Project
To coincide with the launch of IMMA Collection Freud Project: special guests Sarah Howgate Contemporary Curator, National Portrait Gallery London and David Dawson artist, painter, photographer and Freud’s assistant, address Freud’s continued relevance for contemporary portraiture and artists today.

07 Oct 2016
30 Nov 2016
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series : Drop In
Join curators for an insightful walkthrough of current exhibitions and hear more about the artworks presented in IMMAs galleries.

05 Oct 2016 Discussion/Performance: Dada Centenary Celebration & Hugo Ball’s Sound Poetry
2016 marks one hundred years since Elephant Caravan/Elefantenkarawane,the first sound poem performed in Zurichs Cabaret Voltaire by its founding member Hugo Ball. Few are aware of the radical nature of this seemingly farcical movement and its role as a precursor to contemporary art and performance today. Participants Dr Selena Daly, Dr Tara Plunkett, UCD, share their research on this subject, and invite responses from their guests artist Sonia Shiel, artist Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell and Tzarini Meyler of UCDs Drama Society.

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