From summer 2021 monthly selections from our moving image archive will be shared online in the ‘videotheque’  – part of our new Vimeo channel.

Last summer we took films from the Birmingham Media Archive Project online,  with works by Yugesh Walia in association with Birmingham Museums, and films celebrating the important campaigns led by Muhammad Idrish in the late 1980s, as part of South Asian Heritage Month.

This year, we take a look at the influence of the film coops, and the artist led media spaces that emerged from a fertile collision of art schools, politics of the left, feminism and dissent. We are delighted to share news that Heather Powell’s 1988 film Paradise Circus – made with the Birmingham Film and Video Workshop -features as part of the new Matrix ‘How We We Live Now’ exhibition at Barbican which opened on 17 May and runs until December. Read an review by Oliver Wainwright for the Guardian here

A viewing copy of the work is held in our video archive and local visitors may have caught a screening as part of our Paradise Remix programme in 2018. It’s a wonderful record of people,  ideas and the city in the 1980′s.

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Vivid Projects, Mediafest, photo. by Marcin Sz