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BORN IN DONEGAL, IRELAND, VIVIENNE DICK MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY 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, & IKUE MORI. INVOKING THE EARLY SPIRIT OF 60's UNDERGROUND FILMMAKERS, HER WORK BETRAYS AN INTEREST IN INDIVIDUAL TRANSGRESSION, IN FAVOR OF URBAN STREET LIFE, KITSCH, & POP CULTURE. MULTILAYERED AND OPEN-ENDED, THE FILMS ARE FRAMED FROM A FEMALE PERSPECTIVE, WITH AN OVERRIDING CONCERN FOR SOCIAL CONDITIONING AND SEXUAL POLITICS. VOL. 1 FEATURES:

1. GUERILLERE TALKS (1978)

w/ LYDIA LUNCH, PAT PLACE, & VIVIENNE DICK

"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)...Guerillere 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."

2. SHE HAD HER GUN ALREADY (1978)

w/ LYDIA LUNCH, PAT PLACE, & VIVIENNE DICK

Set on New York's Lower East Side, the film revolves around the power relations between two friends. One dominates and paralyzes the other. This paranoia is overcome when the controlled person decides to take responsibility. "Vivienne Dick's 'She Had Her Gun All Ready' could provide a brilliant antidote to Judy Chicago's 'Dinner Party,' the almost religious canonization of the cultural stars of feminism. Dick speaks the contemporary unspeakable; woman's anger and hatred of woman at the crucial moment of overpowering identification and obsessional thralldom.

3. STATEN ISLAND (1978)

w/ PAT PLACE

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.

ships in a plain sleeve w/ no artwork