The Mirror – a new live a/v performance by People Like Us

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We are pleased to announce a new audiovisual immersive cinema performance by People Like Us called The Mirror, which will be performed from March 2018 worldwide.

18 March 2018 – Athens (details coming later)
13 April 2018 – Liverpool (details coming later)
17 April 2018 – Belfast (venue details coming later)
20 April 2018 – London Cafe Oto – tickets
21 April 2018 – Birmingham (venue details coming later)
11/12 May 2018 – London (venue details coming later)
Autumn – Newcastle (venue details coming later)
Autumn – Brighton (venue details coming later)

More about The Mirror:
The Mirror is a large scale audiovisual collage project created by first navigating hundreds of preexisting feature length movies, searching for conceptual/actual subject matter pertaining to reflection and projection.  The initial idea was to depict the camera as a torch that shines light down dark corridors and as an eye that watches people when they are alone, and then through navigating all the footage to see what new stories emerge. The selected source material was then edited into thousands of snippets which are labelled and the descriptions examined to find similarities and crossovers that might be emerging in descriptions/storylines.  A conceptually related soundtrack was then composed in relation to edits on the movie timeline, also created by appropriating and recombining from sections of hundreds of preexisting songs, as well as using sounds from the original films. This is an exercise in editing and juxtaposition, also an investigation, an “operation” working with the premise that if you cut into something and isolate it from its “finished” guise you discover new stories and information relevant to the present and future.  Published material is often seen as “finished”, the end of the story, not available for comment, a sealed up museum-like product, isolated on an island, away from ideas and reflections.  By use of collage, one can unthread, rewind and redirect content to discover what other stories may be hidden, allowing an active dialogue both with the external content, and also challenge the routine ways in which we may be limiting our own creativity by our own fixed (isolated) ways of thinking.  Recombining these hundreds of movie storylines into new combinations can create results that are more than the sum of the parts and beyond our usual pattern of creating stories alone.

For more information on the working methods and philosophical approach of People Like Us, please read this conversation between Vicki Bennett and Peter Jaeger conducted over the course of Summer 2015. It was published in filling Station Issue 63.  Download as a pdf.

More details and a trailer after next month, but we have confirmed concerts in March in Athens (tba), April in Liverpool (FACT), Belfast (Film Festival), Birmingham (Flatpack Film Festival) and London (Cafe Oto), May in London (Splice Festival), then more later in the year in Newcastle (tba) and Brighton (Cinecity).  We expect to add more dates to the roster and will announce details in due course.  If you are a festival organiser with a budget and are interested in booking this, please get in touch by way of our Contact Form.

We will also be creating a short film for improvising artists and musicians separately to this and if you would like to perform it, or are part of a university course (or similar) and think it may be useful to your students, or indeed are a festival/venue and would like to book this please get in touch.

PLU / MATMOS / WOBBLY Wide Open Spaces now on VINYL

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People Like Us / Matmos / Wobbly “Wide Open Spaces” LP (CREP52)
Release Date: 23rd February 2018 (taking pre-orders now)
Discrepant is pleased to announce the reissue of a “Wide Open Spaces”, a collaborative LP by Wobbly, People Like Us and Matmos.


IMPORTANT: Please remember to scroll to select your own region:
£18 UK, £19.40 Rest of Europe, £21 Rest of World (price includes shipping)



Also available direct from Discrepant in LP form and also Digital Download:
http://www.discrepant.net/products/608404-people-like-us-matmos-wobbly-wide-open-spaces

Info:
The hour long performance on this disc was captured live on October 5th 2002 when Wobbly, People Like Us and Matmos circled their wagons in the lecture hall of the San Francisco Art Institute. Having mutually agreed upon a country and western theme, Vicki Bennett (PLU), Jon Leidecker (Wobbly), and Drew Daniel and M. C. Schmidt (Matmos) pored over their archives of honky tonk classics, chopping and dicing Nashville’s finest almost beyond recognition, and collectively restitching the mangled shreds in a kind of crazed digital quilting bee. Several tense rehearsals and strong pots of tea later, the foursome shuffled on stage and delivered the goods: from panoramic twangfests to offkilter waltzes to barn burning stompers. Flickering and tranquil one moment, and wildly slapstick the next, Wide Open Spaces hits the sweet spot between song forms and improvisation, and showcases the qualities that all three collaborating artists share: absurdist humour, baroque sample manipulation, and stuttering rhythmic frameworks that lurch and sway. While the presence of five samplers, four laptops, three CD players and a pedal steel guitar on one stage could have led to a tediously ego-driven “jam” or simply cacophony, the results feel lushly detailed but not cluttered, and swing naturally between structure and freedom. It’s an international media magpie summit where country’s chick-a-boom meets tech house’s boom-tschak, and tearjerking sentiment and patriotic hokum are subjected to a dense shower of coughs, sputters and rude noises. Listening back to the recorded results, all three musical units agreed that this concert was mighty fine, and worth sharing.

TRACKS


  1. A1 Morning
  2. A2 Dolly Pardon
  3. A3 Clawing Your Eyes Out Down To Your Throat
  4. A4 Shenandoah
  5. A5 Holler
  6. A6 Tremble Valley Peady
  7. B1 Chicken Legs
  8. B2 Cattle Call
  9. B3 Arkansas Explorer
  10. B4 Calling
  11. B5 I Must Die
  12. B6 Wide Open Spaces

PRESSING INFORMATION


Originally released on Tigerbeat6 in 2003, the music has been remastered with artwork by M.C. Schmidt and design/layout by Vicki Bennett.
Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker

NEW People Like Us album – CITATION CITY OST

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Yes! A NEW PEOPLE LIKE US ALBUM!  The never before released soundtrack to the People Like Us live a/v performance (and now stand alone film) Citation City.

Buy it here now on bandcamp: 
https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/album/citation-city-ost

BBC Radio 3 The Verb People Like Us interview

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People Like Us will be on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb on Friday 8 December 2017 talking about scrolling culture (and google minds!) in relation to the creative process and The Fundamental Questions book, playing a specially made 3 minute group reading made from this.

Here’s the piece that we made : I Am A Poet (from The Fundamental Questions)

Group reading features:
Jaap Blonk, Dylan Nyoukis, Leo Chadburn, Mark Gergis, Chris T, Bryce Kretschmann, Medaya Ocher, John Aage Nilsen, Abbie Minard, Colleen Lindsay, Simon Faulkner, Scott Williams, Falco Carey, Hearty White, Kurt Gottshalk, Rebecca Schnell, Roslyn Sargeant, Michael Newman, Steven Ball, Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee, Nancy Novotny, MC Schmidt, Adrian Testcard, The Weatherman, Annabel McCourt, HK Kahng, Austin Rich, Tim Maloney, Matthew Curry, Drew Daniel, Alma, Silas and Peter Jaeger, Casper Carey, Paul Abbott, Tom Comitta, Will Edmondes, Catherine Backhouse, Krys O, Elkka Nyoukis, Miller Sargeant, Jhh Löwengard, Mike Lupica, Dan Solenoid, Greg Scharpen, Nick The Bard, Jon Leidecker, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Brancois Bonnet, Andie Brown, Ada Graham-Löwengard, Duncan Harrison, Gregor Weichbrodt and Vicki Bennett.

GONE, GONE BEYOND – New immersive 360 Movie by People Like Us

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A new 360 degree immersive film “GONE, GONE BEYOND” by People Like Us will World Premiere in San Francisco 11-14 October 2017 at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.  The film will screen daily from the 11-14th inclusive.  We have been making this movie for Recombinant Media Labs own Cinechamber for quite some time now – it is a 47-minute stand alone piece that you watch and listen to from the inside.  It is a work in progress, and this is Stage 1.  Stage 2 is currently in production through 2018.

“Hey, hey, have you ever tried… reaching out to the other side?”
Gone, Gone Beyond is a 47-minute immersive a/v spatial cinema work by People Like Us, which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind.  Gone, Gone Beyond uses appropriated edited collage sewn together in a giant patchwork. Pull on a thread and watch whole new narratives expand and unravel all at once on a 360 palette.

Under the name “People Like Us,” artist Vicki Bennett has been making work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, concert appearances, gallery exhibits and online streaming and distribution for 25 years. She sees collage and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Embedded in her work is the premise that all is interconnected and that claiming ownership of an “original” or isolated concept is both preposterous and redundant.

Q&A with Hearty White: http://peoplelikeus.org/2017/gone-gone-beyond-qa/

RECOMBINANT festival is a showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs. The 2017 Recombinant Festival is produced by Recombinant Media Labs, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Obscura Digital. For more information and additional program details please visit recombinantfestival.com.

People Like Us at Cafe Oto, London

On 20 April 2018, People Like Us will be presenting the London premiere of The Mirror as part of a two-day Discrepant label residency at London’s Cafe Oto.  Also on the bill, our old friends Porest.

The excellent Discrepant record label celebrates its seventh anniversary with a diverse and vital cross section of artists from the roster. www.discrepant.net

People Like Us WFMU 3-hour show filling in for Ken

People Like Us will be doing a fill-in slot for Station Manager Ken on WFMU on Wednesday 27 December 2017 from 9-Noon NY Time (2pm UK).  Gwilly Edmondez will be joining Vicki to sing some selections from the LP box set Now That’s What I Call Music. Ergo Phizmiz PLC will also be popping in to sing a handful of songs.
Tune in at http://wfmu.org – live playlist and comments here.

People Like Us has a Bandcamp page

We now have a Bandcamp page, where you can purchase selected old releases in digital form.  We make our best effort to put a lot of our stuff online for free but here you can get it in higher quality for a cheap price, and help offset our costs so we can make more work.

https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/

The main reason for doing this isn’t really monetary, more that we’ve been quite inspired by the range and vastness of DIY music that has been put onto this platform.  The most important thing is networking and access to networks and information.

People Like Us interview on Mid-Valley Mutations Radio Show

People Like Us were interviewed on the Mid-Valley Mutations Radio show at 10pm (West Coast US) on 15 December 2017 on kmuz.org

Listen here:

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