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Afterimages 4: Vivienne Dick (DVD)


by Vivienne Dick

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Born in Donegal, Ireland, Vivienne Dick moved to New York in 1975. There she became part of a group of filmmakers affiliated to the music and aesthetics known as 'No Wave'. Shot mainly on Super-8, Dick's films from this period feature many people and musicians from the No Wave movement in New York, such as Lydia Lunch, Pat Place, James Chance and Ikue Mori. Invoking the spirit of '60s underground filmmakers, her work betrays an interest in individual transgression, urban street life, kitsch and pop culture. Multilayered and open-ended, the work is framed from a female perspective, with an overriding concern for social conditioning and sexual politics.

This DVD contains:
Guerillére Talks, 1978, 24 min
"Dick's first film, consists of eight unedited rolls of super-8 sound footage. A chorus of red and white Kodak leader separates the individual rolls, each of which is a sort of screen test for Dick's female subjects (most of whom are or were associated with the punk music scene)...Guerillére Talks can be seen as the extension of Warholian pragmatism to super-8 talkies. However, by juxtaposing various examples of female self-definition against the backdrop of a decaying social order, the film is also the rehearsal and paradigm for Dick's subsequent work." - Jim Hoberman, October issue 20, Spring 1982

She Had Her Gun all Ready, 1978, 28 min
"With Lydia Lunch and Pat Place, and set in the Lower East Side, NYC, this is a film about unequal power between two people (of any gender), or the repressive side of a person in conflict with the sexually powerful side. Karyn Kay calls it ..'The contemporary unspeakable: women's anger and hatred of women at the crucial moment of overpowering identification and obsessional thralldom." - Rod Stoneman in The Directory of British Film and Video Artists (John Libbey 1994)

Staten Island, 1978, 4 min
"Pat Place plays a creature who lives in an old abandoned barge on a rubbish strewn beach. The mood is post-apocalyptic and the music of Telstar mixed with domestic kitchen clatter." - Vivienne Dick

Please note that this DVD is for individual purchase only, for institutional sales please contact LUX directly.

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SKU 2100000018543
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1978 (DVD 2008)
Director Dick, Vivienne
Format DVD
Publisher(s) LUX
Countries USA
Colour Colour
Language(s) English
Running time 62min
DVD region 0, PAL
Certificate N/a
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