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New York's 1970s downtown art scene recreated

3 March 2011 Last updated at 00:03 GMT

In the early 1970s a group of artists, musicians and dancers took over the empty factories and warehouses in the downtown area south of Houston street, now known as Soho.

A new exhibition at the Barbican in London attempts to recreate that scene.

The BBC's Kirsty Lang went along.