About MExIndex

MExIndex is a searchable and evolving online database with free access to key information and writing on experimental and visual arts-based moving image works by Irish artists, by artists living in Ireland and on subject matter relating to Irish history, politics, culture and society.

Our function is to collect, collate and make available information on Irish visual arts-based moving image work and to promote critical writing about this genre of visual art.

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MExIndex Standards and guidelines

The vision for MExIndex is to create a platform that encourages the discovery of visual arts-based and experimental moving image work by Irish and Ireland-based artists in the form of an index that is both searchable and sustainable To achieve this it is vital to ensure that the information accumulated about these works is documented in a consistent and transparent way. This has been done by creating and employing a set of guidelines that helps to decide what needs to be documented and how.

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Selected Themes

Taking Bob Quinn’s 1979 documentary The Family as a central focus, this selection of films highlights the ways in which family entities or familial relationships are examined across a number of works in the MExIndex. In Quinn’s film, the family of the film’s title is the Atlantis community of Donegal, known as the ‘Screamers’ because of the Wilhelm Reich therapies practiced by the group and championed by its leader, Jenny James...

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