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Shoot Shoot Shoot - Mark Webber
Mark Webber
Shoot Shoot Shoot
Carla Liss arrived in London in 1968 and became the Co-op's first and (for many years) only employee.

Her role organising distribution led to an important set of New American Cinema prints being deposited in London. These films, including work by Stan Brakhage, Bruce Conner, Marie Menken and Ron Rice, formed the backbone of the LFMC's international collection and provided a reliable income. Such titles regularly rented to university film groups and European cinematheques.

In November 1968, a fall-out over the future direction of the Arts Lab created an organisational split. The Co-op collection was temporarily housed in members' flats before new premises were found near Euston Station.

The Robert Street building was an abandoned chemical factory offered for minimal rent by Camden Council. Colloquially known as the New Arts Lab, its true, utopian name was the Institute for Research in Art & Technology (or IRAT). Based on the original Arts Lab model, it housed a theatre, gallery and cinema plus eclectic groups including video activists and cybernetic workshops.

It was here that the LFMC started to take on its unique form. In addition to the distribution office and the cinema space, there was now the opportunity to create a film workshop, complete with the newly acquired step printer and neg/reversal processor. Filmmakers could now really get their hands dirty.

See Shower Proof (Fred Drummond) Moment (Stephen Dwoskin) Hall (Peter Gidal)

Flyer for the New Arts Lab Cinema, 1968
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