The Mirror – A New Live a/v Performance by People Like Us

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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.” — Flatpack Film Festival

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
19 July 2018 – Gijón LEV Arenas Movedizas – free entry
26 July 2018 – MACBA, Barcelona – tickets
17th September 2018 – Theatrical Screening (not live) – Bryce’s Show on WFMU
19th & 20th September 2018
– Theatrical Screening (not live) – Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn – tickets
20 October 2018 – 100 Years of Copyright Festival, Berlin HKW – tickets
2 November 2018 – Spill Festival, Ipswich – tickets
10 November 2018 – Norway (details later)
15 November 2018 – Brighton Cinecity Festival (details later)
November 2018 – Theatrical Screening (not live) Recombinant Festival, San Francisco (date tbc) – tickets

If you are a festival organiser with a budget and are interested in booking this, please get in touch by way of our Contact FormIf you are in a country requiring a work visa to perform we can in very special circumstances make this work into a stand alone movie, but generally this is only available as a performance with the artist present and you will need to gain necessary papers for us to agree.

Shortcut url is http://peoplelikeus.org/themirror.html

People Like Us at MACBA, Barcelona
People Like Us at MACBA, Barcelona
PLU at Splice Festival 2018 – photo by Martyna Kubrak
PLU at Splice Festival 2018 – photo by Martyna Kubrak

Supporting works and articles (being added to over the coming months)
The Mirror CD contains some music from The Mirror, and other works
3 artist commissions coming soon reflections upon The Mirror by Dina Kelberman, Mark Gergis and Hearty White
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.

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PLU / MATMOS / WOBBLY Wide Open Spaces now on VINYL

People Like Us / Matmos / Wobbly “Wide Open Spaces” LP (CREP52)
Release Date: 23rd February 2018 (taking pre-orders now)
Discrepant is pleased to announce the reissue of a “Wide Open Spaces”, a collaborative LP by Wobbly, People Like Us and Matmos.


IMPORTANT: Please remember to scroll to select your own region:
£18 UK, £19.40 Rest of Europe, £21 Rest of World (price includes shipping)



Also available direct from Discrepant in LP form and also Digital Download:
http://www.discrepant.net/products/608404-people-like-us-matmos-wobbly-wide-open-spaces

Info:
The hour long performance on this disc was captured live on October 5th 2002 when Wobbly, People Like Us and Matmos circled their wagons in the lecture hall of the San Francisco Art Institute. Having mutually agreed upon a country and western theme, Vicki Bennett (PLU), Jon Leidecker (Wobbly), and Drew Daniel and M. C. Schmidt (Matmos) pored over their archives of honky tonk classics, chopping and dicing Nashville’s finest almost beyond recognition, and collectively restitching the mangled shreds in a kind of crazed digital quilting bee. Several tense rehearsals and strong pots of tea later, the foursome shuffled on stage and delivered the goods: from panoramic twangfests to offkilter waltzes to barn burning stompers. Flickering and tranquil one moment, and wildly slapstick the next, Wide Open Spaces hits the sweet spot between song forms and improvisation, and showcases the qualities that all three collaborating artists share: absurdist humour, baroque sample manipulation, and stuttering rhythmic frameworks that lurch and sway. While the presence of five samplers, four laptops, three CD players and a pedal steel guitar on one stage could have led to a tediously ego-driven “jam” or simply cacophony, the results feel lushly detailed but not cluttered, and swing naturally between structure and freedom. It’s an international media magpie summit where country’s chick-a-boom meets tech house’s boom-tschak, and tearjerking sentiment and patriotic hokum are subjected to a dense shower of coughs, sputters and rude noises. Listening back to the recorded results, all three musical units agreed that this concert was mighty fine, and worth sharing.

TRACKS


  1. A1 Morning
  2. A2 Dolly Pardon
  3. A3 Clawing Your Eyes Out Down To Your Throat
  4. A4 Shenandoah
  5. A5 Holler
  6. A6 Tremble Valley Peady
  7. B1 Chicken Legs
  8. B2 Cattle Call
  9. B3 Arkansas Explorer
  10. B4 Calling
  11. B5 I Must Die
  12. B6 Wide Open Spaces

PRESSING INFORMATION


Originally released on Tigerbeat6 in 2003, the music has been remastered with artwork by M.C. Schmidt and design/layout by Vicki Bennett.
Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker