Playback: Community Video In South London

11 Jul 2019

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  • New Cross Gate Overground Station - New Cross Overground Stations
  • New Cross Gate Station - New Cross Station

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This screening event will draw connections between Jef Cornelis’ direct and hands-on use of newly available portable video technology with the production of videos by activists and community groups based in and around South London in the 1970s.


Using examples from Goldsmiths’ London Community Video Archive, we will trace the various uses of this new technology to document and effect social and political change; from safe play and housing to race riots and amateur dramatics. This will include videos made by Albany Video, Walworth and Aylesbury Community Arts Trust (WACAT), Two Boroughs Video and Second Wave Women’s Group. These communities of film-makers were active in and around the neighbourhoods adjacent to New Cross, particularly Deptford and Walworth, both in the production and distribution of video works speaking to local issues and histories.

Free screening and discussion with refreshments provided.

Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker and researcher working with archival materials and methodologies drawn from community video. He collaborates with groups to explore under-represented historical moments and their relationship to contemporary life, developing modes of self-representation specific to the subject or the experiences of the participants. He is currently writing a book with the working title Video Activism Before the Internet: 1969-1993.

Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, the London Community Video Archive (LCVA) preserves, archives and shares community videos made in the 1970s/80s in London and the South East. It was made possible by support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has been able to archive and digitise over sixty videos from 1970 to 1985, thus recovering and reviving this history so that it can be used as a resource for contemporary debates and activism. In addition, it has conducted 20 oral history interviews with a representative sample of people active in community video and continues to run an outreach and partnership programme of community screenings and events.


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