Vivienne Dick

b. 1952, Ireland

Vivienne Dick is a filmmaker artist and photographer whose films are concerned with gender politics, ecology, and philosophy. She has been making films and installations for forty five years, though is perhaps best known for a burst of work in NYC in the late 70’s and early 80’s, when she was part of what has become known as the No Wave scene, who together with artists and musicians (notably Pat Place and Lydia Lunch) created a vortex of nihilistic glamour that has sustained the East Village to this day. Dick’s films, which often display a fractured narrative, stops and starts, off camera voices and rough cut production qualities, are suffused with personality, intimacy and a refusal to comply with the rules. Her most recent film is a feature length documentary called New York Our Time which recalls the period spent in downtown New York in the late seventies when she began making films. The film has won Best Documentary awards at DIFF (Dublin International Film Festival) and the Irish Film Festival London. As part of the artist’s installation plan at IMMA Dublin, Dick began making photographic prints from isolated frames taken from her catalogue of film work, covering late 70’s/early 80’s New York No Wave explorations to recent engagements with landscape, myth, protest and environmental concern.


John Marchant Gallery