Dina Kelberman: Reflects

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In Spring 2018 we completed creation of and started touring the a/v performance The Mirror, which in Autumn 2018 was accompanied by the release of an OST of the same name.  Now it’s time to start publishing three artist commissions we have made in relation to this.  The first work is an a/v piece by Dina Kelberman.  The title is “Reflects”.

Click on the Media Link to view the work and please enable pop-ups and turn your device sound on since they form an essential part of the piece.

The other two artists (Porest & Hearty White) new works will be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Title:  Reflects

Description:  When I thought about the word “reflections” this is what my brain showed me.  Something about reflects, reflex, reflection symmetry, shapes, walls, and now that i think about it it’s probably a lot to do with sitting in a tiny room full of corners all day every day.  Also laptop symmetry.  These might all just be portraits of my laptop.

Bio:  Dina Kelberman is an interdisciplinary artist recently transplanted from Baltimore, MD to Los Angeles CA.  Kelberman has created original web-based pieces for the New Museum and The Marina Abramovic Institute and has participated in numerous design and photography biennials.  Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art21, NPR, Known and Strange Things (Cole, 2016) and most recently The Focal Press Companion to the Constructed Image in Contemporary Photography (Routledge, 2018) and Olia Liliana’s “An Infinite Seance 3”.  In 2018 she was invited to speak at the UbuWeb conference in Athens and the Post-Photography Prototyping Biennial in London.  She is currently ranked 5th in the world for Most Lines in Tetris for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Media link:  https://dinakelberman.com/reflects

Still from Reflects by Dina Kelberman
Still from Reflects by Dina Kelberman

Returning to Over The Edge on KPFA

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29 November/30 November 2018 midnight on Thursday going into 3am Friday morning, California time. In the UK that is 8am-11am Friday
KPFA 94.1FM, online at https://kpfa.org/player?audio=live

We returned to the radio to guest with Jon Leidecker (Wobbly) on Negativland’s “Over The Edge” on KPFA Radio for the first time in 16 years, and this represents the 20 year mark of first appearing on Over The Edge.

You can tune in online, the show is 3 hours long.  https://kpfa.org/program/over-the-edge/

Since 1981, Negativland’s live mix, audio collage radio show, “Over The Edge,” has aired weekly for 3 hours at midnight, each Thursday on KPFA 94.1FM in Berkeley, California.  Mixed for 35 uninterrupted years by founder Don Joyce until his passing in 2015, the show continues on, now helmed by Wobbly (2nd & 4th Thursdays) and KROB (3rd Thursdays, as a frequently-broken rule).
 
OTE’s themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment. There is a plan and there is no plan. The mix consists of found sound of many kinds and from many sources put together on the run as the continuous audio collage progresses.
 

25 Years of Us 100 Tracks

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To coincide with a few concerts that we’ve been doing lately, we’ve put some “Retrospective” mp3s up on bandcamp from the first 25 years of People Like Us. You can download it here or click below.

This is a 100 track compilation, over 6 hours duration, representing some of our favourite tracks and collaborations over radio, on stage and in the studio from 1991, which was when we released our first album.  Each track has a different flavour, from a different time, another place, and often associated with a different recording medium or varying groups of individuals who inspired or actually took part.

Thank you friends, listeners and collaborators for being around, and for all those who inspired and supported the journey so far. Making this available at a Nice Price considering the ridiculous volume of content, and as is the case for much of People Like Us, you can quite possibly find a lot of this in various forms elsewhere on the internet for free, either put there by us, or others. But if you’d like to support us, then we thank you and welcome that. It will help make more happen. 

Bandcamp requires that we upload in lossless form, and we will be honest and say that a lot of this only exists as mp3, but really…. most of what we sampled was also initially in mp3 form.

NEW People Like Us CD! The Mirror

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The Mirror CD

PEOPLE LIKE US “THE MIRROR”
LIMITED EDITION (500) CD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Cutting Hedge SNIP002 (available initially mailorder only from us)
RELEASE DATE 1 OCTOBER 2018 

We are now taking orders for a brand new People Like Us album!  This will be available as both a CD and also digital download.  If you purchase the CD it will come with the digital download for free.

This album contains all new audio work, sourced from both our live a/v performance The Mirror [2018], and also from Gone, Gone Beyond [2017+], our ongoing 360 surround cinema work.  It also contains additional tracks composed during the creation of these pieces that never were used.

We are joined on two tracks by Ergo Phizmiz, and the packaging has artwork from the above works and also specially made for the CD.  Two collages are made in collaboration with other artists Peter Knight and Hearty White.  The CD was mastered by Mark Gergis.

Order directly from us now by Paypal:  

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The Mirror

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We are pleased to announce a new audiovisual immersive cinema performance by People Like Us called The Mirror, performed from March 2018 worldwide.  We are occasionally making it available in Theatrical form for (only) the US.

The Mirror is a live a/v performance which splices together movie snippets with unique sample-based music exploring the masks that we wear represented through the lens, using parallel narratives across the screen to depict an ever-changing stream, rather than a singular, fixed being, narrative or moment in time.

“A feat of research and craft, this new work is a spellbinding inquiry into editing and juxtaposition; a collage one can unthread allowing the viewer to discover hidden stories through familiar images. The soundtrack is performed live, made up from hundreds of preexisting songs, as well as particular sounds from the original film clips.” — Flatpack Film Festival

18 March 2018 – World Premiere: Athens Greek Film Archive Foundation (as part of Shadow Libraries: UbuWeb in Athens, organised and produced by the Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens) – tickets/info
13 April 2018 – UK Premiere: Liverpool FACT – tickets
17 April 2018 –
Belfast Film Festival at Crescent Arts Centre – tickets
20 April 2018 – London Cafe Oto – tickets
21 April 2018 –
Birmingham Flatpack Festival – tickets
12 May 2018 – London Splice Festival, at Rich Mix – tickets
11 July 2018 – London Cafe Oto, double bill with Carl Stone – tickets
19 July 2018 – Gijón LEV Arenas Movedizas – free entry
26 July 2018 – MACBA, Barcelona – tickets
17th September 2018 – Theatrical Screening (not live) – Bryce’s Show on WFMU
19th & 20th September 2018
– Theatrical Screening (not live) – Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn – tickets
20 October 2018 – 100 Years of Copyright Festival, Berlin HKW – tickets
2 November 2018 – Spill Festival, Ipswich – tickets
10 November 2018 – Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo Norway – tickets
15 November 2018 – Brighton “Cinecity” Film Festival at Fabrica – tickets
30 November 2018 – Theatrical Screening (not live, we do not perform in concerts in the US) Recombinant Festival, Gray Area, San Francisco – tickets
27 March 2019 – Musikbrauerei, Berlin – tickets

If you are a festival organiser with a budget and are interested in booking this, please get in touch by way of our Contact FormIf you are in a country requiring a work visa to perform we can in very special circumstances make this work into a stand alone movie, but generally this is only available as a performance with the artist present and you will need to gain necessary papers for us to agree.

Shortcut url is http://peoplelikeus.org/themirror.html

People Like Us at MACBA, Barcelona
People Like Us at MACBA, Barcelona
PLU at Splice Festival 2018 – photo by Martyna Kubrak
PLU at Splice Festival 2018 – photo by Martyna Kubrak

Supporting works and articles (being added to over the coming months)
The Mirror CD contains some music from The Mirror, and other works
3 artist commissions coming soon reflections upon The Mirror by Dina Kelberman, Mark Gergis and Hearty White
Graham Duff – The Mirror a reflection upon the work and surrounding subject matter
Interview in The Wire Magazine in a phone conversation with Emily Bick of The Wire Magazine, Vicki Bennett reflects on The Mirror, Gone, Gone Beyond, and working with preexisting footage.

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GONE, GONE BEYOND – 360 Surround Movie

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New longer trailer, Summer 2018: https://vimeo.com/peoplelikeus/beyond
“Hey, hey, have you ever tried… reaching out to the other side?”
Gone, Gone Beyond is an 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.  It 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.

The initial 47-minute film premiered in San Francisco 11-14 October 2017 at Recombinant Festival at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.  We have been making this movie for Recombinant Media Labs own Cinechamber for quite some time now – it is a stand alone piece that you watch and listen to from the inside.

Stage 2 is currently in production through 2018 and we are looking for partners to present the hour-long piece from 2019 onwards.

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


The initial 47-minute  film “GONE, GONE BEYOND” by People Like Us premiered in San Francisco 11-14 October 2017 at Recombinant Festival at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.  We have been making this movie for Recombinant Media Labs own Cinechamber for quite some time now – it is a stand alone piece that you watch and listen to from the inside.  Stage 2 is currently in production through 2018 and we are looking for partners to present the hour-long piece from 2019 onwards.

The Mirror, PLU Doc + Q&A in Oslo

People Like Us will perform The Mirror at Kunstnernes hus on Saturday 10 November 2018.  It will be followed by a Q&A with Rob Young and then a screening of Nothing Can Turn Into A Void.
Tickets  Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, NO-0167 Oslo

19.00-19.40: Live performance: The Mirror
19.45-20.15: Q&A with Rob Young, from The Wire
2015-2045: PAUSE
20.45-21.45: Documentary: Nothing Can Turn Into A Void- An Art Apart: People Like Us. By Carl Abrahamsson 

The Horror!! At The Horse Hospital

London’s Horse Hospital are very happy to present a double bill of horror themed content from People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) – legendary figure the field of sampling / appropriation and regular host on the Horse Hospital’s beloved WFMU, alongside Gwilly Edmondez known widely as the many faceted godfather of Wild Pop, founding member of Radioactive Sparrow and one half of YEAH YOU.  

Friday 26 October 2018, Doors 7pm
Admission: £7.50 in advance / £10 on the door

Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/452097