Common Practice Video Network: arts, environment, community

Common Practice Video Network (or CPVN) is a bit like a feature film. A lot of effort and hard work has been put into it by many people over time and only now can we see the brilliant results that the guys involved with the project have been anticipating for over a year.

For those who do not know yet – Common Practice is an advocacy group working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector in London. Its founding members are Afterall, Chisenhale Gallery, Electra, Gasworks, LUX, Matt’s Gallery, Mute Publishing, The Showroom, and Studio Voltaire. Now, imagine what it would be like if all those organisations joined hands and created a video production network… and they have. There are currently 16 videos on the Common Practice channel, all high in quality due to training scheme conducted together with FACT. More importantly, the content is so rich as the members are well-established and all slightly different from each other. From the six founding organisations/galleries the viewers are led on to the commissioned artists and to collaborations with other organisations so the reach of CPVN is greater than just the sum of its members.

I cannot really recommend where to start. Here are two randomly selected videos from the channel – but all of them are brilliant!

The Matt’s Gallery Archive Project (don’t be disheartened by the dusty word “archive” – this one is alive!)


And here is a great discussion on bio-aesthetics and eco-futurism in the White Building. It is much appreciated when talks like this are recorded in full for those who cannot make it to the event!

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Text by Kati Jagel


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