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VHS VIDEO BASEMENT
A new social space / free picture house has opened in the heart of Soho, London UK.
Just off Oxford Street at 9 Great Chapel Street, we are occupying an old English language school and have converted the basement into a temporary cinema. It is called the VHS Video Basement. We are running a two week long program from 13 – 24 July of midnight screenings, mini film festivals and film workshops until our trial date. A full schedule is available on our website at http://ohninesoho.blogspot.com
Please contact us and get involved. We have a gallery on the ground floor and access to the roof, so if you want to show work in the gallery show a film or run a workshop, get in touch. We have an open dinner each night at 6.30pm. You can phone 07962483750, 07939651331 or just ring all the buzzers, as someone is always in.
We plan to continue opening derelict makeshift picture houses. We believe in DIY cinema, in a makeshift self-propelled incessant cinema of desire. The British film industry is stale and addicted to formula and art cinemas that show alternatives are over priced. The VHS Video Basement is an alternative, a true social space where the power of a collective cinema can be rediscovered.
The freeschool weekender on housing, squatting and gentrification has been and gone. It was a great success and it has left a beautiful building just waiting for another project to begin. So we call on all those interested in starting up a space to come and get involved…
People expressed an interest incontinuing occupying in order to create a space that complemented the pre-existing projects in East London. With LARC, rampART, freedom, ASS and Belgrade Road all within close proximity we felt a giant free shop would be a nice idea. The building suits it with huge shop windows. Within such close proximity to the centre of finance a daytime space that promotes community without consumerism seems like a pleasant idea. A strong focus could be on attracting a crowd that wouldn’t generally go into squats and social centres by possibly making a space drug free (including alcohol and smoke) and having more family friendly activities. A free bicycle workshop will bring in peddlers by off the street and into the space (or the yard at least….) Regular workshops, infonights, cafes and a food coop were amongst other things discussed.
Bring items you no longer require that are clogging up your home. Take stuff you need that someone else has abandoned. Come along to get help fixing your bicycle…
We live in a society of over consumption and waste. Non Commercial House aims to offer an alternative based upon cooperation, mutual respect and sustainable living. It is not only about objects but about sharing! We hope to have various workshops and discussions taking place over the coming weeks.
Children are very welcome within the space.. we are hoping to have a kids section of the free shop with free toys / clothes and hold family friendly events.
The ground floor is wheelchair accessible. However, the only toilet in the building is on the top floor and not.
Items can be dropped off anytime; knock on the door or leave them out front.
This is a non-profit, non-hierarchical space open to all and your input is valued so drop by some time to get involved and let us know what your ideas / thoughts are.
We hope to see you soon!
Non Commercial House, 165 Commercial Street
Direction: 165 commercial St, near the junction with Great Eastern st and Bishopsgate, nearest tube station = Liverpool st station