As part of the 8th Irish Annual Psychoanalytic Film Festival, a screening of The Artist Is Present followed by a panel discussion will take place on Saturday 4 February 2017 at 12.30pm in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). 

At her 2010 MoMa retrospective, Marina Abramovi? performed The Artist Is PresentGallery visitors were invited to sit across from her in silence while she held their gaze. She sat with people for over 700 hours. The documentary film The Artist Is Present provides an overview of the MOMA retrospective as well as an introduction to Abramovi?’s body of work. The screening and discussion at IMMA provides space for a dialogue between the creative arts and clinical psychoanalysis, focusing particularly on what artists, curators, art critics and analysts might learn from each other’s understanding of Abramovi?’s art practice.

The session will open with a screening of The Artist Is Present, followed by responses from an interdisciplinary panel of speakers, after which there will be a discussion about the audience’s response to the documentary and Abramovi?’s work as it is presented to us. The panel brings together people from the creative arts, curatorship, arts criticism, philosophy, psychoanalysis, psychology, art therapy, visual culture and film studies.

The panel includes Gráinne Casey (psychologist and therapist), Noreen Giffney (psychoanalytic psychotherapist), Jacinta Lynch (visual artist), Lisa Moran (Curator of Engagement and Learning Programmes at IMMA) and Katherine Waugh (writer, curator and filmmaker). The purpose of the responses is to open up a space for each of us to reflect on our experience of watching the documentary, the reactions it provokes in us, and why a capacity for self-reflection is so vital for creative arts practice and clinical psychoanalytic practice.

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The 8th Irish Annual Psychoanalytic Film Festival is organised by the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) and the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI).


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