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BL CK B X: All you need’s an excuse
London Community Video Archive

Wed 25 Sep - Sat 2 Nov 2019 / Wed-Sat, 12pm-5pm

LUX, Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF

‘All You Need’s an Excuse’ is an exhibition by The London Community Video Archive (LCVA), an organisation set up in 2016 to preserve, archive and share community videos made in the 1970s/80s in London and the South East. LUX has invited the LCVA to present videos from the archive selected by local community groups and campaigns. For community video projects, creating spaces where videos can be screened and the audience are able to share and reflect on their experiences is as integral to the process as making the video. The videos on show have been chosen by community and campaign groups local to LUX for their continuing relevance. Alongside the screenings and events programme, the library at LUX will function as a space to view other videos and ephemera from the archive.

The exhibition’s title “All You Need’s an Excuse” is the name of a film made by Liberation Films, a community film and video group that ran from 1969 to 1980 in North London. The film, made in 1972, follows the actions and impact of a community group based on the opposite side of Hampstead Heath to LUX. Exemplary of community video projects, the film functions as both a document of how the group worked together to clear and occupy unused private land for use as a safe play space, and as an invitation to its viewers to carry out similar projects. Similarly, it is the intention of the exhibition to create a space for action, reflection and discussion.

This project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground.

Join us on Sunday 29th September at LUX, 2-4pm, to mark the Exhibition Opening with members of participating community groups and LCVA video makers.

Saturday 26th October 1-5pm: How to form a residents association

A study day on the role of film, video and activism in response to the housing crisis, led by filmmaker and researcher Ed Webb-Ingall.

Image: The Big Red Van - Inter-Action, 1974. Video still courtesy of London Community Video Archive (LCVA).

About London Community Video Archive (LCVA)

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. Portable video recording — now a technology routinely embodied in smartphones — became available for the very first time back in the early 1970s, making it possible for individuals and communities to make their own television. The medium was taken up by people ignored or under-represented in the mainstream media – tenants on housing estates, community action groups, women, black and minority ethnic groups, youth, gay and lesbian people, and people with disabilities. With an overriding commitment to social empowerment and to combating exclusion, ‘Community Video’ dealt with issues which still have a contemporary resonance — housing, play-space, discrimination, youth arts.