20 October – 28 October 2017, Friday-Saturday, 12:00-17:00
Videotheque is a rolling programme of screenings uncovering newly digitised tape and print archives. The works bring to light grassroots perspectives and local political campaigns during a period of profound social, economic and political change in Birmingham.
This short season introduces Vivid Projects’ work to connect Birmingham media archives of the 1970s to 1990s, accessing personal holdings and oral histories and uncovering early collaborations between trade union campaigners and community filmmakers, photographers, designers and publishers. The season highlights untold stories on issues ranging from housing and race to gender, creating a space to examine the relationship between local, national and transnational languages of rights and freedom as well as the political cultures around which civil liberties concerns manifested.
Interdisciplinary collective REPEATOR will be in residence at the Videotheque through October-November, exploring the alternative cultural history of the city; informed by historic activist practices, trade union resources and community actions.
Expect responsive audio & visual interventions, an emerging cultural timeline and from 16-28 October, an Instagram residency @vividprojectsuk
Videotheque Part I screenings run 19-21 & 26-28 October, 12:00 – 17:00
Live event Saturday 28 October | 17:00-19:00 | Free
Part of Museums at Night October 2017
Videotheque Part II follows 22-25 November.