25 Years of People Like Us

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We’ve been publishing work for 25 years.  Here’s a music selection.

Article: http://freemusicarchive.org/member/cheyenne_h/blog/25_Years_of_People_Like_Us

“I woke up at 5am yesterday and realised that I’d been publishing music for 25 years, to start with I thought it couldn’t be possible, must be 15 or something, since it’s easy to get your decades muddled up once you get past the first two!  It’s often occurred to me that although the internet is fantastic in terms of being a self-distributor or spiders web of connections, people can often be overwhelmed by how much you have on offer if they haven’t been with you from the beginning.  So I have made a “small” (well it’s 25 years of stuff!) collection going through the years of things that I’ve released, often on CD and LP, but always subsequently online.  I have been putting mp3s online since 1998, so it will be an anniversary for that too!”

CITATION CITY

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Citation City is a 42 minute audiovisual performance work which sources, collages and edits 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?

“The result is a sweeping panorama of London, a London as represented through cinema – not the real city at all, but one that exists in the collective imagination of moviegoers throughout the decades.” Filmmaker Magazine

A time-travelling voyage through one city, assembled from hundreds of movie clips and inspired by the wanderings of Walter Benjamin. A patchwork of over 300 features either filmed or set in London, Citation City combines multiple narratives to create the story of one city in a period of enormous change. Pieced together by audiovisual artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us), this beguiling, labyrinthine work takes its cue from Benjamin’s Arcades Project, an ambitious attempt to map out Paris in fragments which was cut short by the author’s death in 1940. Flatpack Film Festival

Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith in Found Footage magazine about Citation City

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Citation City at Dundee Contemporary Arts

People Like Us will perform Citation City at Dundee Contemporary Arts on 23 November 2016 at 7.30pm.  Price £5.  This performance of Citation City will be preceded by a selection of short films and a brief interval. http://www.dca.org.uk/whats-on/event/people-like-us-citation-city

Here’s a Q&A: http://www.dca.org.uk/stories/article/qa-with-creator-of-citation-city-vicki-bennett

Recombinant Festival symposium

Sunday 2nd October 2016 4.30pm, Gray Area Art + Technology, San Francisco
Re-Cog-Ignition: A Substance Immersion Symposium
This is the first in an ongoing series of Recombinant panel discussions. Using the context of the works shown in Recombinant Festival as a starting point for debates around our contemporary understanding of time-based works, spatial media, and experiential enactments. Featuring two festival artists and other special guests and cameos.
Speakers include:
Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), Erik Davis, Ulf Langheinrich (formerly of Granular Synthesis AV group & co-creator of Motion Control MODELL 5 and solo work), David McConville, Steve Mason, Edwin van der Heide
Co-presented by: Naut Humon and Li Alin
http://recombinantfestival.com/program/#symposium

NYC Screening of People Like Us documentary

Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn
7th October 2016 from 7.30pm

The premiere NYC screening of Nothing Can Turn Into A Void – An Art Apart: a documentary about Vicki Bennett/People Like Us will screen in a double bill with Change Itself – An Art Apart: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.

A documentary focusing on the British artist Vicki Bennett and her project People Like Us. Her work takes you on a journey into a world where literally anything can happen. Using her skills as an editor and a great sense of humor, she lets you roam through a world of imagination filled with contrasts and chance encounters between the past and the present. In performances, video work, music and collages, Bennett conveys that nothing is really what it seems. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/131277139

To sum up the life and work of British artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is close to impossible. Not only because of the wide range of artistic disciplines, but also because of the timespan, since the mid 1960s to the present day, that has been saturated by hundreds of records, thousands of concerts, exhibitions, interviews, videos, spoken word performances, collages, sculptures, philosophy, cultural engineering, occultism and radical transgender concepts. A couple of descriptions are still valid after these 50 years of active creativity and provocation. P-Orridge is a romantic existentialist and a cultural engineer. Everything is both work as such and seed for cultural and behavioral change. TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/changeitself

Final DO or DIY of the 2016 Season & Free Download!

For the final DO or DIY with People Like Us of the 2016 season on WFMU, keeping with a tradition we’ve been doing a “Best Of” show for the last 2 weeks.  Here’s a megamix (minus mic breaks!) downloadable from the Free Music Archive.

Playlists:
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/68229
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/68260

List of Lectures, Workshops

We’ve actually done a lot more than this, but we don’t always keep track of them – look at the general bio if you’d like to see the bigger picture.

November 2016 – Lectures, RCA Visual Communications Dept
November 2016
– Music Research Lecture, Goldsmiths
April 2016
– Lecture – Rose Bruford College (with Max Reinhardt)
October 2015 – Lecture and concert at Leeds Beckett University, Art Dept
May 2015 – Conference, Goldsmiths Music Dept
February 2015 – Lecture – Goldsmiths Music Dept
February 2015
– Lecture/Conference – Lost/Found in Translation, Royal College of Art
November 2014 – Lecture – Goldsmiths Music Dept
May 2014 – Lecture Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre Here To Go Symposium, MetaMorf
March 2014 – Lecture – Newcastle University, Music Dept
August 2013 – Artist talk at Liverpool Biennale
February 2013 – Panel – (Collateral Damage) – Off The Page / The Wire Conference, Whistable, UK
May 2012 – PhD tutoring – Newcastle University, Music Dept
October 2011 – Lecture – RadioVision (WFMU) Conference, NYC
June 2011 – Lecture/Panel – Kinetic Colour: Animation & Robert Breer Seminar – Baltic, Newcastle
March 2011 – Lecture, Morelia Ambulante Festival, Mexico
April 2010 – Lecture – Johns Hopkins University (Arts/Music)
January 2010 – Student Tutorials – Wimbledon College of Art
March 2010 – Lecture – Recycled Film Symposium – AV Festival, Newcastle
November 2009 – Lecture – Middlesex University – Sonic Arts Dept
October 2009 – Panel – Vancouver New Music Festival
September 2009 – Lecture – Hit The Ground Exhibition (Hatton Gallery) – AV Festival/Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
June 2008 – Lecture – Goldsmiths
May 2008 – Lecture – Middlesex University – Sonic Arts Dept
February 2008 – Lecture – Now Hear This / AV Festival – Middlesborough, UK
June 2007 – Lecture, Copy Your Idols Conference, Bilbao
2006-2009 – Ongoing Workshop Modules, Goldsmiths Music Dept
October 2006 – Residency – Newcastle University, Music Dept
May 2008 – Lecture – Middlesex University – Sonic Arts Dept
March 2008 – Lecture – Middlesex University – Sonic Arts Dept
May 2007 – Lecture – Middlesex University – Sonic Arts Dept
May 2006 – Lecture – London College of Communication – Sonic Arts Dept
October 2005 – Lecture – London College of Communication Sonic Arts Dept
February 2005 – Lecture – Middlesex University – Sonic Arts Dept
November 2004 – Lecture – University of York Music Dept, UK
April 2004 – Lecture/Panel – Images Festival, Toronto
February 2004 – Residency and Lectures, FACT/Croxteth Comprehensive School, Liverpool (as part of artist residency)
January 2004 – Lecture, Royal College of Art, London
November 2003 – Panel and artist talk at Sample Culture Now at The Tate Modern
Summer 2002 – Ongoing Workshop Modules, Camberwell Art (a/v) Dept
June 2001 – Year of the Artist Residency, Lighthouse, Brighton with Brighton & Hove Music Library, teaching sound collage

Documentation Video: Optimized! Expanded Radio & Artist Residency at WFMU

From 6-10 June 2016 Vicki Bennett and John Kilduff were Artists in Residence at freeform radio station WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, USA. This residency consisted of “Optimized!” – a week-long online a/v radio station which experimented with ideas of what radio might be in the world of high speed internet broadcasting.

The content included 26 new a/v artist commissions selected and programmed by Vicki Bennett, where people were invited to respond to the word “optimized”, John Kilduff’s live “Let’s Paint TV” daily video show which combines, painting, cooking and exercise, and an evening at the station with an in-house studio audience.

This documents just some of what went on. The rest is archived at wfmu.org/playlists/up

Thanks to:
Andrew Sharpley, Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan, Brian J Davis, Brijet Murray, Bryce, Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie, Buttress O’Kneel, Carlo Patrão, Carol McCrossen, Dan, Dan Deacon, Daniel Menche, Dina Kelberman, DO or DIY with People Like Us, Drew Daniel, DW Robertson, Gwilly Edmondez, Hank Lewis, Heather Phillipson, Irene Moon, Jason Willett & MC Schmidt, Jeff Moore, Jem Finer, Jim Price, John, John Dalton, John Kilduff, Ken Freedman, Kimzilla, Leech, Liz Berg, Matt Warwick, Melissa, Miracle Nutrition with Hearty White, Nick the Bard, Osymyso, Pat Byrne’s Desk, Peter Knight, Porest, Pseu Braun, Roy, Ruth Hayduk, Scott Williams, Steinski, The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon, Tim Maloney, Tom, Vicki Bennett, Will, Wreck This Mess with Bart Plantenga, WFMU, Monty Hall and The National Endowment For The Arts

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Interview on Soundproof, ABC Radio National

Recently did a great radio interview with ABC Radio National‘s Miyuki Jokiranta on the program Soundproof – it broadcast earlier today in Australia and is now online here.

LISTEN http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundproof/8july/7499576

Broadcast Friday 8 July 2016 9:05PM

Radio Yaks: A Soundproof series in which eminent producers and sonic luminaries from around the world share audio they’re crazy about, and tell us why.

Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been working across the field of audio-visual collage, and is a pioneer in the area of sampling, appropriation and cutting up of found footage and archives.

For her Radio Yak, she chooses a palate of music, film and radio that start out familiar but end up somewhere… strange.

Vicki’s playlist:
Dalek Relaxation Tape
Dave Soldier and Komar and Melamid — The People’s Choice Music: The Most Unwanted Song
Dondero High School — Satellite of Love
Stephan Dillemuth — Urban Folkdance, New landscapes, Yesterday’s Cloud and Some of Your Favourite Birdsongs
Christo Graham — Heaven on their Minds, Muppet Christ Superstar
People Like Us — Who’s Watching Who, Citation City
Adam Bohman — At Home (White Sauce Without for Those Who Don’t)