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.
Image: Ed Webb-Ingall, People Make Videos Open Call, Poster. Courtesy of Ed Webb-Ingall
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.
A filmmaker and writer with an interest in exploring practices and forms of collaboration, Webb-Ingall is currently a TECHNE PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University in Surrey where his research focuses on the history and practice of community video in the UK between 1968 and 1981.More