Red Moon Rising: Early and Late work by Vivienne Dick

25 Mar-6 May 2023
PV 24 Mar 2023, 6-8pm


We are extremely pleased to announce our inaugural exhibition at our new space in Brighton. 

Red Moon Rising is an exhibition in two parts by renowned Irish film maker Vivienne Dick (b. Donegal, 1952), whose reputation as a pioneering film maker began with a series of films made in New York 1978-1981, defining the profoundly and perennially influential No Wave scene. On relocation to London, Dick became an important member of the London Film maker’s Co-operative, making a series of lauded works before eventually returning to Ireland, where she continues to make important films from her current home in Dublin. 

The two parts of the exhibition provide an introductory overview of forty five years of singular artistic innovation.

The first part of the exhibition is a rare screening in the UK of her film Red Moon Rising (15 mins HDV 2015). A red moon is both a beacon and a warning. In a world in thrall to power, invincibility and consumption, the film asks whether we can reclaim our divine origins bound up with the earth, body, life, peace. The film features dance, performance, and the spoken word within hallucinatory landscapes, intercut with held shots of nature. Made with assistance from the Arts Council of Ireland,  the work is a single screen installation, which will be played on loop throughout the run of the exhibition.

“Women hold the vision of the zeitgeist .” Rachel Garfield in Experimental Filmmaking and Punk: Feminist Audio Visual Culture in the 1970’s and 1980’s (Bloomsbury, 2022)

In addition, we present a series of printed and framed photographic stills from Dick’s renowned body of early Super 8 work (the artist was noted by NY critic Jim Hoberman as the "quintessential No Wave filmmaker”). Lifted from single frames, these prints reflect both the personae and milieu with and in which films like Guérillere Talks, (1978, 25 mins), She Had her Gun All Ready (1978, 28 mins) and Liberty’s Booty (1980, 47 mins) were made. Friends who became major artistic figures that emerged from the Lower East Side such as Pat Place, Lydia Lunch and Nan Goldin are presented as participants and subjects, as opposed to their usual roles as creators and pioneers in their own right. 

Vivienne Dick’s work has been shown at Tate Modern, IMMA Dublin, MoMA and The Whitney in New York, and Centre Pompidou and Jeu de Paume in Paris. Additionally her  work features in ‘All The Beauty And The Bloodshed’ Laura Poitras’ acclaimed profile of artist and activist Nan Goldin.

Selected works