Vivienne Dick

Vivienne Dick is an Irish documentary and experimental filmmaker.

Biography Vivienne Dick was born in Donegal in 1950 and studied at University College, Dublin. She moved to the USA in 1977, where she became active in No Wave film culture and produced a series of Super8 short films. Many of her films were staged around well-known New York City sites such as Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the World Trade Center. The films featured punk performers such as Lydia Lunch, Pat Place (of the band Bush Tetras) and Adele Bertei (of The Contortions). Film critic and author J. Hoberman has called Dick the 'quintessential No Wave filmmaker.' ('A context for Vivienne Dick,' October, no. 20, Spring 1982, pp. 102–106).

In 1982 Dick moved to Ireland, and then to London where she continued making films.

Dick's work formed part of two major retrospectives of American avant-garde film: No Wave Cinema 1978-87 (1996) at the Whitney Museum, New York and Big as Life: An American History of Super8 Film (1999) at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. There's an exhibition in preparation at The Crawford Gallery, Cork for September 2009.

Dick currently lives in Galway and teaches filmmaking at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. She's making a documentary on underground Irish bands.




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