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Video Activism in London: 1969–1993

Fellows Lunch – Ed Webb-Ingall

  • 21 April 2020
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre

Black and white photograph depicting a female videographer and policeman. This talk will offer a renewed perspective on a neglected aspect of British moving image practice. It will trace the impact of portable video recording technology on the development of new modes of activism and self-representation that were produced by different community groups in London from the 1970s onwards. It will explore how this approach to video activism developed contemporaneously with video art and community art in the 1970s, and conclude by linking this experimentation with video in the 1970s to the subsequent use of video by activists into the 1980s and 1990s. This research is presented as part of Webb-Ingall’s post doctoral fellowship with the Paul Mellon Centre, for which he is developing a manuscript with the working title ‘Video Activism Before the Internet: 1969–1993’.

About the speaker

  • 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 co-founded the London Community Video Archive and is currently developing a new project on the role of video in response to the housing crisis.