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Engagement and Learning > Talks, Lectures & Events

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.

Book Talks & Lectures

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

15 Feb 2018 IMMA & IADT: ARC / Authenticity and the Theatre of Self - Sinead Hogan
This lecture focuses on notions such as authenticity and the fake, this lecture will look at how differing senses of self and subjectivity effect how we might think and engage with the world.

01 Feb 2018 IMMA & IADT: ARC / Actors, Performing Bodies and the Matter of Storage - Maeve Connolly
The lecture focuses on artworks that suggest material manifestations of acting or performing bodies, and combine sculptural media with technologies such as digital 3D modelling or animatronics to propose new understandings of the human body as a medium of storage.

30 Jan 2018 IMMA & IADT: ARC Talk / To Be a Machine – Mark O’Connell
Author Mark O’Connell draws on his acclaimed publication, To be a Machine (2016) in which to discuss our desires, delusions and use of technology to alter the human condition to escape mortality and our biological lives.

20 Jan 2018 Artist Talk / Not Sorry - Theresa Nanigian
Theresa Nanigian discusses her large scale photographs and text plaques project titled not sorry, 2014. This presents an intimate portrait of the Irish teenager and young adult, at a time when almost everything is on virtual display. Not sorry literally goes behind closed doors into the private territory of the bedroom and seeks to expose the genuine individual beneath the public persona.

12 Dec 2017
20 Feb 2018
Weekly Lunchtime Screenings / E.A.T: 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering
From October 13 - 23, 1966, Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) presented a series of artists performances 9 EVENINGS: THEATRE & ENGINEERING, at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. Raw documentary film and sound material from 9 Evenings in the E.A.T.s archives for more than thirty years has been used to make films on video that reconstruct each of the ten artists performances as faithfully as the material permits and an add documentary sections features interviews with artists and engineer the artistic and technical elements in the work.

09 Dec 2017 A Conversation with Julie Martin: The History of E.A.T
The renowned and celebrated Julie Martin co-founder of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) discusses the history of the E.AT. A collaborative group of 10 artists and 30 engineers, who produced the now legendary performance series 9 Evenings Theatre & Engineering at the 69th Regiment armory in October 1966.

06 Dec 2017 TCD & IMMA: LUCIAN FREUD LECTURE SERIES / Christina Kennedy
Freud treated every sitter, subject and object with the same intense focus. The emphasis the artist placed on the value of the live experience, of paying attention, of extended looking and intensity of time with the subject became the means to take the artist to his inner world. Freud found, the harder you concentrate, the more things that are really in your head start coming out.

25 Nov 2017 That's Not Me / Artists’ Conversation with Rodney Graham & Gerard Byrne
Artists Rodney Graham and Gerard Byrne discuss the sculptural, cinematic, performative and humorist nature of Graham’s practice, drawing attention to the multiple references layered within his work, that enable Graham to seamlessly shift into different roles, characters and contexts.

21 Oct 2017
09 Dec 2017
IMMA Collection: Lucian Freud / Reading Group
In conjunction with the TCD - TRIARC & IMMA: Lucian Freud Lecture Series (2017 – 2018), a monthly reading group will be held at IMMA and its onsite Freud Centre over the coming months. Led by writer and researcher Nathan O Donnell, these monthly sessions take their cues from the talks series, with a selection of readings that pursue tangents and illuminate aspects of Freuds life and work.

01 Sep 2017
29 Nov 2017
Curators Lunchtime Talk Series : Drop In
Join IMMAs in house curators for an insightful walkthrough of current exhibitions in the galleries

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For further details about the programme email sophie.byrne@imma.ie, Assistant Curator, Talks and Public Programmes, IMMA.


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