2016 marks both the 50th anniversary of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative (LFMC) and the 40th anniversary of London Video Arts (LVA) – two predecessor organisations of LUX. To celebrate 50 years of artists’ moving image practice in the UK, LUX has organised a year-long, multi-venue programme of screenings, talks, workshops, publications and other events.
LUX also invited the first-year students of MRes Art: Moving Image, Central Saint Martins, London to contribute to this programme by curating and designing an online exhibition in response to the joint LFMC and LVA anniversary year. While many of the anniversary events have revisited the historical activity and legacy of the LFMC, the students decided to use this opportunity to focus on LVA, acting as a "small yet enthusiastic counterpoint to the core programme by drawing from the wealth of LVA tapes in LUX’s video archive."
With video work by: Catherine Elwes, Louise Forshaw, Keith Frake, Akiko Hada & Holger Hiller, Tina Keane, Pamela Smith and Veit-Lup. Curated by Clara Boulard, Charlotte Hunt, Jack Jeans, Nana Maiolini, Zaira Perina, Cathryn Quail and Marianne Templeton, and accompanied by a newly commissioned essay by Colin Perry.
LVA40 was informed by archival research at the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection, Central Saint Martins, and has been made possible by the financial support of LUX and The Postgraduate Community Student Communities Fund, University of the Arts London.