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ABOUT Between 1995 and 2008 OMSK created a platform for emerging and established artists whose practices involved moving image, performance and sound. These decadent events achieved notoriety and critical acclaim, the press likening OMSK to Warhol's factory, the Burning Man Festival, Dada and punk rock. Bespoke projects such as EatOMSK, AtOMSK and OMSKRoam took the OMSK collective into provocative territory. In 2007 OMSK published OMSKBOOK, relocating the element of the live event into the space of the bound volume. The OMSK archive chronicles a vibrant period in a rapidly changing East London. The unsanctioned spaces where OMSK took place, such as a squatted bank, warehouses and railway arches, have since been subject to gentrification. Many established artists and filmmakers including Matthew Herbert, Clio Barnard, Andrew Kotting and Peter Strickland showed work at OMSK when they were starting out. The archive enables new audiences to unearth hidden treasures from the London counter-culture. The collection also shines a light on extraordinary but rarely seen films and live performances that might otherwise not make it into the history vaults. The archive consists of a range of videotape and other media (VHS, Hi8, DV, Beta SP, and more), meticulously digitized. The moving image art works and live event documentation in the archive includes animation, no budget filmmaking, installation, durational performance, experimental fiction, structural film, scratch video, documentary, pornography, comedy, agitprop and polemics. This substantial collection is a unique window into arts activity before the rise of YouTube and social media. The archive will be of great interest to emerging and established artists, researchers and students interested in moving image, live art, sound art, curatorial practice, DIY collectives and underground culture.

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