Vivienne Dick (b. 1950) is an Irish experimental and documentary filmmaker. Her early films helped define the No Wave scene. According to The Irish Times, "one of the most important film-makers Ireland has produced".
Dick was born in Donegal and grew up in Ireland during the 1950s, attending University College there in the 1960s. She emigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Upon her arrival in the U.S., Dick became an integral figure in No Wave film culture and produced a series of seminal Super8 short films. Living in New York, which was undergoing a recession and an inexpensive place to live, many of her films were staged around well-known 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".
In 1982 Dick moved to Ireland, and then to London where she continued making films. Today she lives in Galway.
Her work is examined in the 2010 documentary Blank City, which discusses the No Wave movement.
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 and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Vivienne's work featured in the Tate Modern, London in late 2010. It included a collection of her remarkable films and included a performance by Lydia Lunch as well as discussions with Nan Goldin, Claire Pajaczkowska and Maeve Connolly, as well as films by other artists selected by Dick.
- DVD, Afterimages 4 : Vivienne Dick, Lux. Comprenant : Guerillére Talks, 1978, 24 min; She Had Her Gun Already, 1978, 28 min; Staten Island, 1978, 4 min.
- 2014. The Irreducible Difference of the Other
- 2005. Molecular Moments
- 2004. Saccade
- 2002. Excluded by the Nature of Things, DVD pour trois écrans
- 1999. Two Be Two
- 1994. A Skinny Little Man Attacked Daddy
- 1992. New York Conversations
- 1990. Two Pigeons
- 1989. London Suite
- 1988. Images : Ireland
- 1988. Pobal-Portrait of an Artist
- 1986. Rothach
- 1983. Trailer
- 1983. Like Dawn to Dusk
- 1982. Loisaida
- 1981. Visibility : Moderate
- 1980. Liberty's Booty
- 1979. Beauty Becomes the Beast
- 1978. She Had Her Gun All Ready
- 1978. Staten island
- 1978. Guerillere Talks
- "A context for Vivienne Dick," October, no. 20, Spring 1982, pp. 102–106
- "Film lecturer honoured with invite to screen in New York". Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. 18 October 2010.
- Vivienne Dick at the Internet Movie Database
- Excluded by the Nature of Things? Irish Cinema and Artist's Film, CIRCA, 106, Winter 2003, pp. 33–39.
- From no wave to national cinema: the cultural landscape of Vivienne Dick's early films (1978-1985), Maeve Connolly, National Cinema and Beyond, Four Courts Press 2004, 61-73.