Notations & live improv at High Zero Festival Baltimore

Featured

People Like Us will take perform at High Zero Festival in Baltimore on 19 and 20 September, 2014.

Friday 19 September is a night of improvisation, in which People Like Us will perform two sets with other improvisers, the first time Vicki has done improvisation of this type in more than 10 years.
Doors open 7.30pm, performances begin at 8.30pm.  Buy Tickets

Group One:
Jack Wright (saxophone)
Dafne Vicente-Sandoval (bassoon)
Paul Neidhardt (percussion, friction)
M.C. Schmidt (store-bought electronics)
Charles Dube (electronics)
Group Two:
John Kilduff (multitasking, live art)
Vicki Bennett (found footage sample collage)
Bob Wagner (percussion, friction)
Group Three:
LaDonna Smith (violin)
Paul Neidhardt (percussion, friction)
Harry Walker (electric bass)
Michael Fischer (saxophone)
Group Four:
JD Zazie (turntables, CDJ, mixer, found sounds)
Charlotte Hug (viola, voice)
Jenny Gräf (electronics, guitar)
Stewart Mostofsky (electronics)
Vicki Bennett (found footage sample collage)

Notations will be performed at the Saturday Matinee, on 20 September 2014 at The Theatre Project, 45 W Preston St, Baltimore.
Doors open Noon, performances begin at 1pm.  Buy tickets
This time around, the performers to this live score are:
Bob Wagner (drums)
LaDonna Smith (violin)
Jenny Gräf (electronics, guitar)
“Notations” is a film by Vicki Bennett for live performance by improvising musicians and artists.  It has been created using collected and edited found footage from hundreds of different films, where the content conceptually or literally portrays different kinds of ‘instructions’ and content that can then be interpreted by musicians and artists with unique audio accompaniments.  Notations contains edits of the movies and sounds from the source films, separated into ‘sketches’ or stories that segue into one another, and it exists with a list of instructions (score) on how artist(s) working with this choose to work with these particular elements.

People Like Us, M.C.Schmidt & Jason Willett Live at WFMU

People Like Us, M.C.Schmidt (Matmos) and Jason Willett will perform at WFMU‘s own performance space at Monty Hall, New Jersey on 13 Sept 2014 at 8pm.  Tickets must be bought in advance to ensure entry:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/819123 – there should be some tickets on the door but you have been warned since they are selling well and it’s a small venue.

We’ve not decided the order of the evening but it will include People Like Us with Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another), and then a joint improv performance by all three artists to Notations.

montyhall

Citation City live at Cafe Oto

Collage for Oto fb event

The audiovisual work Citation City, which we have been creating for the whole of this year, will be previewed at London’s Cafe Oto on Tuesday 9 December 2014.  We are not sure if it will be a work-in-progress screening or the finished piece, but either way it will be the first airing of the piece!  We have many more performances of this in the pipeline for next year, dates to be announced once confirmed.

We’re very pleased to be sharing the evening with Jennifer Walshe, Sharon Gal & Andie Brown.

Door Times : 8pm
Tickets : £8 adv / £10 on the door

http://www.cafeoto.co.uk/jennifer-walshe-sharon-gal-andie-brown-people-like-us.shtm

People Like Us play Glasgow for the first time ever!

We are pleased to announce that after 24 years of existing as People Like Us we are playing our first concert in Glasgow at GLEAM (Glasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) FESTIVAL.  This will take place at the University of Glasgow, and we will give the exact venue, time etc nearer the time but can confirm it will be on 31 October.  So it is fitting that we will perform The Magical Misery Tour there. http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/cca/research/music/projectsandnetworks/gleam/

“The Magical Misery Tour” trailer

More about the festival:

To honour the centenary of Scottish-Canadian filmmaker and artist Norman McLaren (1914-1987), the first annual GLEAM (GLasgow Electronic and Audiovisual Media) Festival will celebrate his lasting influence, situating contemporary works of ‘visual music’ within the current context of audiovisual practice and providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration.

It is only fitting that the McLaren centenary celebrations should extend to involve the city of Glasgow. McLaren spent three years at Glasgow School of Art studying art and interior design and it was here that he first began to experiment with the moving image, and discovered the work of Oskar Fischinger, which was to influence him profoundly.

GLEAM 2014 takes McLaren’s work as a jumping off point from which to discuss and disseminate contemporary sonic and audiovisual work, both theoretical and practical.

Fundamental Questions reading at Xing The Line: video!

Our paperback/pdf book The Fundamental Questions (Gregor Weichbrodt/Vicki Bennett) was read by a number of poets at the event Xing The Line on 19 August 2014 at The Apple Tree, Clerkenwell, London.  We filmed the mass reading – here it is:

I am an open book

photo by Kevin Hamilton


“The Fundamental Questions” is now also available in full for free as a pdf

The Fundamental Questions read by a computer

This is a short computer reading from our paperback/pdf book
The Fundamental Questions

and the LYRICS:

I am a Account Rep · I am a active guy who loves sports, movies,

cooking, and anything that sounds new and exciting · I am

a actor in acting school · I am a dad to two girls Bug 5, and

Tooties 1.5 who are my life · I am a administrator for my dad

and also volunteer in the Age UK office two days a week · i am

a adventurious person · I am a adventurous, outdoors, hands

on fix it all type person · I am a affectionate mom to my kids

love mexican and italian foods · I am a affectioned person and

healthy · I am a aires for those curious · I am a ambitious go

getter · I am a amiable, funny, outgoing guy who loves a good

laugh · I am a analytical person sometimes · I am a Artist and

love to have fun! · I am a asian guy living in NYC · I am a athletic,

loving, kind, and adventureous · I am a average female,

about 5’4, i have brown and light brown hair · I am a avid

coffee drinker, and I do smoke cigarettes · I am a avid sports

fan, loving hockey and football · I am a awesome friend and

the ones I have are from grade school · I am a a work in progress

· I am a bacon-eating Jew · I am a bad at spelling but great

at reading people · I am a ball of energy, Love to party and

hangout with friends · I am a ball of energy and sarcastic humour,

need people with fun personality to adventure with · I

am a bama fan so Roll Tide · I am a band geek cuz I love the

flute · I am a band geek turned science nerd, aspiring robopsychologist,

and the tech girl philosopher · I am a bank rep · I am

a barista and a nanny · I am a bartender, a business owner,

and the director of a Bartending school in riverside · I am a

bartender · I am a bartender · I am a bartender and absolutely

love my job · I am a bartender at a private members’ club · I am

a bartender until i finish pharmecology school · I am a Batman

loving, sports watching, going out and having fun type of person

· I am a bay area native · I am a BBW I love going on adventures,

Continue reading

AN ART APART – film about People Like Us

Carl Abrahamsson is in the process of producing a series of films about the following artists: Kenneth Anger, Charles Gatewood, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Michael Gira, Vicki Bennett, Mark McCloud, Andrew McKenzie, Gustaf Broms, Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Angela Edwards

“Over the years, I’ve more and more realized that what I do is basically the same thing over and over, yet in new forms. That is: meeting interesting people, listening to what they have to say, and then filter that for others. Whether it’s been materialized in writing or photography, it’s a documentation mania I can’t seem to shake. And don’t want to either.

The focus, as the name implies, is on art and artists who go against the grain or in some ways stand out as integrity pioneers. As the art world and its Molochian markets become more and more commodified and drained of creative vitality, there needs to be an inspirational influx of revitalizing energy and ideas. It is my hope that these conversations with radical movers and shakers will help provide just that.”

More info here: http://www.carlabrahamsson.com/film/an-art-apart/