Citation City: a new audiovisual work by Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us
Citation City is inspired by The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin, created from 1000s of clippings of text and visual media from 19th Century Paris, collaged using a system of “convolutes”, collated around subjects of key motifs, historical figures, social types, cultural objects from the time. By gathering and assembling such groups of similar yet unrelated, he revealed a hidden, magical encyclopaedia of affinities, a massive and labyrinthine architecture of a collective dream city. On reading Benjamin, his forward thinking approach to editing astonished Vicki, and the similarity of their creative processes of cutting and collating extensive lists of subject matter by context. Vicki is focussing on collaging and editing from 300 major feature films where content is either filmed or set in London – creating a story within a story, of the film world, living its life, through extraordinary times of change, to see what happens when these multiple narratives are combined… what will the story tell us that one story alone could never tell?
SELECTION: Layout in paper form of descriptions of selected film content and possible subject headings (convolutes/citations) – August 2014
The work will be presented as a live A/V performance from November 2014, where Vicki will produce and perform a series of story lines with a soundtrack, which sources both from the movie content, as well as new sample compositions thematically related to the visual content.
The first stage after selecting footage is to type out descriptions of hundreds of segments then cut them out, and make arrangements of subjects, content, “convolutes”
And here are the list of “convolutes” so far
Alongside the performance of the work, Vicki is also inviting selected sound artists to create distinct soundtracks to the work in order to produce a special series of films that will be published online with an information pack about the creative process. Citation City is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Since 1991 Vicki Bennett has been making CDs, radio, and A/V multimedia under the name People Like Us. By animating and recontextualising found footage collages Vicki gives an equally witty and dark view of popular culture. People Like Us broadcasts an ongoing experimental arts radio and podcast show on WFMU, called DO or DIY, which, since it began in 2003, has had over a million “listen again” downloads. Vicki has shown work at Tate Modern, BFI, Purcell Room, ICA, Pompidou Centre, Sonar Festival, Walker Art Center, Barbican, Maxxi, Centro de Cultura Digital, the BBC and Channel 4. She has also performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. People Like Us have been commissioned by The Arts Council England, The BBC, Sound and Music, Channel 4/Animate Projects, AV Festival, Sonic Arts Network, Forma, LUX and Lovebytes amongst others. http://peoplelikeus.org/2014/artist-statement-for-people-like-us/
Citation City Convolutes
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