Ed Webb-Ingall: People Make Videos: UK Community Video from the 1970s to now


As part of the Communal Knowledge programme Ed Webb-Ingall and four local groups will work together to address the history of community video practice in London from the 1970s.

The collaboration will engage and facilitate new community video projects through meetings, screenings and workshops. Through screenings of archival videos to relevant community groups, based on interest, identity or locality the project will then work to create new videos, enacting techniques and approaches carried out in the production of the original projects in 1970s.

As Thomas Waugh invites us to recover films whose original political context and thus ‘use-value’ have lapsed, but which may find new uses and engage new aesthetics in new contexts (Waugh, 1984). By enacting the methodologies of past projects together the project will open up a space to understand, reflect on and critique the history, processes and aims of community video making now.

The first public event of Ed Webb-Ingall’s project, What Would You Make a Film About? A video conversation between The Showroom and its neighbours took place in May 2015.

A presentation of work produced during the project to date was exhibited at The Showroom, July – August 2015.

The project was a collaboration with Penfold Hub, King Solomon Academy, Church Street Library English Speaking Group and Church Street residents.

This project was commissioned as part of Communal Knowledge which was generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s Charity, John Lyon’s Charity and Garfield Weston Foundation.


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