The mirror is an object of near alchemical potency. A tool of transformation. The mirror has the power to show us our reverse twin. The mirror allows us to look ourselves in the eye. The mirror shows us the world as it almost is. Continue reading
Tom Comitta recently published the book Airport Novella, which he states was influenced by the People Like Us a/v piece “DrivingFlyingRisingFalling.” We can see the influence and know that our collation approach is very similar to a lot of writers, which in turn inspires us in the direction of wanting to work more with text as a primary output.
People Like Us and Carl Stone will be on the same bill at London’s Cafe Oto on Wednesday 11 July 2018, Doors Open 7.30PM
People Like Us will be supporting Carl Stone (so be there by 8!) performing our new a/v work The Mirror. The evening will begin with a Q&A between Vicki and Carl.
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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.
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.
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
Autumn – Newcastle (venue details coming later)
November – Brighton (venue details coming later)
November – Norway (details later)
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.
Supporting works and articles (being added to over the coming months)
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.
The new 47-minute immersive 360 film “Gone, Gone Beyond” by People Like Us will World Premiere in San Francisco this 11-14 October 2017 at Recombinant Festival at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs, Gone, Gone Beyond will screen in Cinechamber, a 10 screen/8 speaker space with seamless wrap around projection and surround sound, where the audience sit inside. 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.
The following conversation was conducted between Vicki Bennett and WFMU DJ and artist Hearty White in September 2017.
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. Continue reading
For those of you going to see the The The Comeback Special in various venues across Europe and the US, you might be interested to know that the video backdrop was produced and edited by People Like Us.
Activating the Archive: Contemporary Uses of Visual Archives
Saturday 5 May 2018
11am – 6pm (Doors open at 10.30 am) / £20 – £25
We will be speaking at approximately 3pm
Processing The Product – a talk by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) reflecting upon 25+ years of creating audiovisual media, sharing information and insights on creating large scale works using preexisting material. Continue reading
FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2018, 7.30PM at CAFE OTO, LONDON
POREST + PEOPLE LIKE US + KINK GONG
£15 £13 (WEGOTTICKETS)
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, and also Kink Gong. The excellent Discrepant record label celebrates its seventh anniversary with a diverse and vital cross section of artists from the roster. www.discrepant.net
7 April 2018 at ATA Gallery, 992 Valencia (@ 21st). Showtime 8:30pm, admission* $7.
Friends in San Francisco: go to this at Craig Baldwin’s magnificent Other Cinema at ATA. A stand alone special edit of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) by People Like Us, billed with Soda Jerk’s Terror Nullius.