Welcome to the only official site for People Like Us and Vicki Bennett
Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been working across the field of audio-visual collage, and is recognised as an influential and pioneering figure in the still growing area of sampling, appropriation and cutting up of found footage and archives. Working under the name People Like Us, Vicki specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio. People Like Us believe in open access to archives for creative use. In 2006 she was the first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive. People Like Us have previously shown work at, amongst others, Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, The Barbican, Centro de Cultura Digital, Maxxi and Sonar, and performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. She has an ongoing sound art radio show 'DO or DIY' on WFMU. The People Like Us back catalogue is available for free download hosted by UbuWeb.
In 2015 Vicki completed a new A/V performance CITATION CITY, a project using techniques of Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project in relation to London-based feature films. This premiered at transmediale Berlin, and Flatpack Film Festival Birmingham UK. Nothing Can Turn Into A Void – a documentary film about People Like Us has been screening in cinemas and festivals since Autumn 2015. Currently, Vicki is focussing on expanding both audio and moving image work for a multiscreen and multi-speakered environment with Recombinant Media Labs, and the new Expanded Radio commission Optimized! broadcast on WFMU in June 2016. Her most recent commission No One Is An Island, for WDR, broadcast on 9 April 2016.
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
Please note: this is now retired. However, we occasionally make edits available as stand-alone movies for cinema screening.
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
“Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice” by People Like Us Release date: 31 October 2013 (preorder 7 October) Cutting Hedge SNIP001 (available initially mailorder only from us)
About: It’s always felt important that my work be a total experience, not singularly appealing to either the eye or ear, for it to be as integrated an experience as possible. The music on this album was composed between 2006 and 2013 initially for five different live performances of moving image and sound. Since publishing formats have developed in recent years we’ve found the internet serves us really well as a distribution tool in the gift economy. One can find the accompanying visual elements of some of this music at ubu.com/film/plu.html. However, as well as the eye and ear is the sense of touch, and there is nothing like holding the object as well! — Vicki Bennett
Performances sources: Lyrics in Libraries (2006) | Genre Collage (2009) | People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz Live at Cafe Oto (2009) | The Magical Misery Tour (2011) | Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) (2013)
You can purchase the CD direct from us at our shop and by following Paypal links below. We will send out CDs from the week beginning 21 October.
All prices below ***INCLUDE*** shipping within stated price.
UK – price including P&P: $10
EUROPE – price including P&P: $11.50
ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $14
We are dedicated to providing as much as possible for free or as cheaply as possible and strong encourage others to invest in the gift economy. We realise this is a couple more dollars than we’re usually charging but we are financing this ourselves and need to recoup costs. It is unlikely we will profit from this but we do need to make ends meet! We hope you understand, and continue to appreciate how much we continue to also give much for free 🙂
CD Cover, 300dpi
Video trailers from three of the live performances:
Update (26 Dec): This item is now deleted. Copies ordered just before the deadline will be posted in the next week, and earlier copies have already been mailed out.
We are pleased to announce a new 8-inch lathe-cut square picture disc on Hasenbart’s series of limited lathe cut Christmas singles. The previously unreleased “Dreaming” collages and edits several versions of a well known Christmas tune (originally dubbed over selected horror film samples) which formed part of the live performance “The Magical Misery Tour”.
The record is a 1-sided 8″ square picture disc with artwork by Vicki Bennett (full colour printing on both sides, stamped on the back, audio on one side). It will only be produced until DECEMBER 24 2014 and then deleted forever.
All copies will be cut individually on Hasenbart’s vintage 1940’s Presto 6N lathe cut machine on laminated cardboard so they are not as thick as regular vinyl records – the unique format has been exclusively designed by Hasenbart and resembles an oversized postcard record. PLEASE NOTE: Obviously the sound quality will not match a modern vinyl cut but the music has been specifically selected for this release and the sound of the machine (with all its quirks) is an essential part of the record.
In recent years, the internet and a raft of new technologies have transformed the ways in which we produce, perceive and consume music. And as the reality of music’s new digital economy starts to bite, musicians and labels are having to rethink both philosophy and practice, addressing the issue of how they create and disseminate work – while some decry the free movement of music across file sharing networks and the collapse of traditional record industry models, others look to exploit the new possibilities offered by crowd sourcing and social networking.For this panel discussion chaired by The Wire‘s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Tony Herrington, Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), Chris Cutler (ReR Records), Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) and Kiran Sande (FACT, Blackest Ever Black) discussed possible responses to the challenges posed by music’s changing eco-system.
The Wire and Sound And Music‘s Off The Page festival took place 24–26 February at The Playhouse Theatre in Whitstable.
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. This will be a work-in-progress performance – to give you a taster of what will be World Premiered at transmediale 2015 in January. We’re very pleased to be sharing the evening with Jennifer Walshe,Sharon Gal & Andie Brown. We recommend buying tickets in advance due to venue size, guestlists are at a bare minimum.