Artist statement for People Like Us

Vicki Bennett - press photoPeople Like Us 2016

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 Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, The Barbican, Centro de Cultura Digital, V&A, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, Pompidou Centre, Maxxi and Sonar, and performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. The ongoing sound art radio show ‘DO or DIY’ on WFMU has had over a million “listen again” downloads. since 2003. The People Like Us back catalogue is available for free download hosted by UbuWeb.
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BIOGRAPHY

Under the name “People Like Us,” artist Vicki Bennett has been making work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, concert appearances, gallery exhibits and online streaming and distribution for 25 years. Since her first publication in 1992, Bennett has developed an immediately recognisable aesthetic repurposing pre-existing footage to craft audio and video collages with an equally dark and witty take on popular culture. She sees sampling and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Embedded in her work is the premise that all is interconnected and that claiming ownership of an “original” or isolated concept is both preposterous and redundant.

Most of the People Like Us back catalogue has been available for free online since 2002. For many artists, profit and publicity is more likely through free distribution (the gift economy) than independent record labels, which often struggle with limited resources. Online self-distribution allows an artist to keep their work available, resolving a tension between label production costs and the desire of an artist for work to be available.  UbuWeb generously hosts the discography and filmography of People Like Us.

As a solo artist or collaborator she has published more than 50 audio recordings and 35 video projects, with works released by labels including Illegal Art, Rough Trade, Soleilmoon, Sonic Arts Network and Touch. Vicki’s DO or DIY show on the fiercely independent New York City-market radio station WFMU has run since 2003 and has had over a million individual “listen again” downloads. Her video work has been screened at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, the National Film Theatre/BFI, Purcell Room, the Barbican, the ICA, V&A. Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Sonar (Barcelona), MAXXI/National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico City), among other institutions. Video works have been aired on Channel 4 and she has also performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. People Like Us has been commissioned by The Arts Council England, The BBC, WDR, Great North Run Moving Image Commission, Sound and Music, Channel 4/Animate Projects, AV Festival, Sonic Arts Network, Forma, LUX and Lovebytes amongst others.

Notations (2013), a film for live improvisers toured the UK with TUSK/Sound & Music in Autumn 2013; Gesture Piece, a film with seven invited artist soundtracks; two films for Animate Projects/Channel 4 television, UK, broadcast as part of their Random Acts series. In 2015, Vicki created A/V performance Citation City, using techniques of Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project in relation to London-based feature films. Nothing Can Turn Into A Void – a documentary film about People Like Us has screened in cinemas and festivals since Autumn 2015, and No One Is An Island, a radio work created for WDR, broadcast in April 2016. The Expanded Radio online/virtual commission/artist residency Optimized! broadcast on WFMU in June 2016.

Currently, Vicki is focussing on expanding both audio and moving image work for the multiscreen and multi-speakered environment Cinechamber with Recombinant Media Labs – Gone, Gone Beyond, a forever changing 10 screen 8 speakers surround/seamless projection work, world premiered in San Francisco in October 2017.  Vicki has just completed a new solo a/v performance The Mirror which which is currently touring the UK and overseas, and also produced the video for the spring 2018 The The Comeback Tour.

October 2018 sees the release of The Mirror CD and online release, featuring music from the movie of the same name and tracks from Gone, Gone Beyond.

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Discography

Vicki People Like Us 2016

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Selected Performances and Screenings

People Like Us/Vicki has performed and been screened at hundreds of venues (Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, the National Film Theatre/BFI, Purcell Room, Barbican, ICA, V&A., BBC Proms, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Sonar (Barcelona), MAXXI/National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico City)) and radio stations – created radioworks for John Peel and Mixing it (BBC Radio) and WDR (Germany), and since 2003 has a radio show on WFMU(.org). Vicki’s work has been archived on UbuWeb since 2003, with hundreds of thousands of downloads.

November 2018 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Brighton Cinecity at Fabrica
November 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Oslo
November 2018
 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Spill Festival, Ipswich UK (double bill with CarterTutti)
October 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Berlin HKW “100 Years of Copyright” Festival
October 2018 – “The Horror!!” at Horse Hospital, London
October 2018
– “25 Years of People Like Us” new a/v performance, Oviedo, Spain
October 2018 – “The Mirror” and others (theatrical screening) at Spectacle Cinema, Brooklyn
July 2018
 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, MACBA Barcelona
July 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Gijón Arenas Movedizas 
July 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Cafe Oto, London (double bill with Carl Stone)
May 2018 
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Splice Festival, Rich Mix, London
April 2018
 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham
April 2018
 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Cafe Oto, London
April 2018 
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Belfast Film Festival, Crescent Arts Centre
April 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance UK Premiere, Greek Film Archive, Athens
April 2018 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance Premiere, FACT, Liverpool
April 2018
– Consequences (One Thing Leads to Another) as a special edition stand alone edit for Other Cinema, San Francisco (April 7)
March 2018
– “Best of PLU” Sounds Like This Festival, Leeds (accompanied by solo exhibition)
October 2017
– World Premiere Screening of Gone, Gone Beyond – 360 surround movies at Recombinant Festival, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco
October 2017
– Screening of various films at Test Dept’s Assembly of Disturbance Festival at Red Gallery, London
October 2017
– Screening of 20 minute artist edit of Citation City at Other Cinema, San Francisco
September 2017
– Concert of selection of previous works at Brighton Digital Festival at Attenborough Centre for the Arts, Brighton Falmer
May 2017 
– week of performances/screenings for school children, Oslo
March 2017 
– Citation City at Hull UK City of Culture (ReROOTed)
February 2017 
– Selection of previous works at Cafe Oto
December 2016
– Shopping from Citation City at Other Cinema, San Francisco
November 2016 – Citation City at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland
October 2016
– Magic (from Magical Misery Tour) and Magic (with Ergo Phizmiz) at Magic Late at the Horniman Museum, London
October 2016 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn
July 2016 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Norberg Festival
June 2016 Optimized! Radio Residency at WFMU
May 2016 – Citation City at Delco Festival, Nimes
April 2016
– Citation City at Sonic Protest, Paris April 2016 – We Are Not Amused screening at Apordoc, Lisbon April 2016No One Is An Island broadcast on WDR, Germany March 2016 – Screening of the new Matmos video made by People Like Us at Other Cinema, San Francisco (March 5)
February 2016
 – Friday Late at V&A, London
November 2015
– improvisation at Cafe Oto with M.C.Schmidt and Jennifer Walshe
November 2015
Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Fylkingen, Stockholm
November 2015
– Citation City at Brighton Cinecity Festival
November 2015 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Brighton Cinecity Festival
October 2015
– Work, Rest & Play at Curtocircuito. Santiago de Compostela Film Festival-Santiago de Compostela
October 2015
CCCitations at Other Cinema, San Francisco
September 2015
– Citation City at Walter Benjamin Now, Whitechapel Gallery, London
September 2015 
– Citation City at Encounters Short Film Festival Bristol UK
August 2015
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Usurp Zone5 Film Festival, London
April 2015 
– Citation City at SMUP in Parede, PortugalMarch 2015 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 2015
– Screening of 4’33” and Notations at group exhibition Drawing Towards Sound, University of Greenwich Galleries, London
March 2015
– UK Premiere of Citation City at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham
March 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at She Makes Noise Festival, Madrid
March 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at Other Cinema, San Francisco
January 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart
January 2015 
– Citation City world premiere at transmediale
January 2015
– People Like Us & Gwilly Edmondez live improv, Amersham Arms, London
December 2014
– Citation City preview at Cafe Oto London
November 2014 – January 2015
– The Golem at Kunsthall Stavanger
November 2014
 – Movement – Sound – Space Festival, Ostrava, CZ – Plato (Gong) Ostrava – Tribute to WS Burroughs (1914 – 1997)
November 2014
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Other Cinema, San Francisco
October 2014
– Magical Misery Tour at Gleam Festival, University of Glasgow
October 2014
– Work Rest and Play at Syndicat Mixte Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
October 2014 – Notations and Consequences at In Mute Festival, Athens – Onassis Cultural Centre
September 2014 – Notations at High Zero, Baltimore
September 2014
– Notations and Consequences at Monty Hall, WFMU, NJ
August 2014
 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Sao Paulo 25th International Short Film Festival
August 2014 – Screening of Gesture Piece at the International Program at Seoul International NewMedia Festival in August
August 2014 – Screening of The Sound of the End of Music at Stockholm Music and Arts Festival curated by David Risley Gallery
June 2014 – Screening of Skew Gardens at Gracelands, Dublin
June 2014Exhibition of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sheffield Doc/Fest 
May 2014 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Oberhausen Film Festival, London, entered for the International Film Category competition
May 2014
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Hörbar, Hamburg
May 2014
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) and artist talk at Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre Here To Go Symposium, MetaMorf
March 2014 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at L’Embobineuse, Marseille, France
November 2013 
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Underwire Festival, London
November 2013
– Screening of We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter at Bradford Animation Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sound of Stockholm Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Manchester Kraak
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Leeds Hyde Park Picture House as part of Leeds International Film Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at London Cafe Oto
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Bristol Arnolfini
November 2013 – Tusk/Sound and Music UK tour of NOTATIONS – Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, London and Bristol (see venues above)
Performers: Bill Orcutt, Rhodri Davies, Mark Sanders, M.C. Schmidt, Wobbly, Jennifer Walshe, Tomomi Adachi, Jaap Blonk, Philip Jeck, Steve Noble – support from Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another)
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sound of Stockholm Festival
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Lab Festival, Augsburg
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Newcastle Star & Shadow
October 2013 – Screening of Gesture Piece at Other Cinema, San Francisco
October 2013 – Screening of Gesture Piece at High Zero Festival, Baltimore
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at lab.30 Festival, Augsburg
August 2013 – Artist talk at Liverpool Biennale
June 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Only Connect Festival, Oslo
May 2013
 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Nuits Sonores Festival, Lyon
May 2013 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Colchester Arts Centre
April 2013 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another)Tectonics Festival, Reykjavik
February 2013 
Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Play Festival, Madrid
January 2013 
– Premiere of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Transmediale, Berlin
December 2012 – Work Rest & Play at Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo
November 2012 – 4’33” The Movie at Exground Filmfest, Wiesbaden
November 2012 – Clean Your Room at Filmladen Kassel e.V, Kassel
October 2012
 – Clean Your Room at Impakt, Utrecht
September 2012 – Genre Collage at CitySonic, Brussels
August 2012-June 2013 – Cage Silenced and 4’33” The Movie in SOUNDS LIKE SILENCE Cage – 4’33” – Silence 1912 – 1952 to 2012 – HMKV, Dortmund
August 2012 – BBC Proms 47, John Cage – Royal Albert Hall, performing “Branches” and “Improvisations III”
Summer 2012 – Prints of Darkness tours to Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland
July 2012
 – Magical Misery Tour at Latitude Festival
June 2012 – Magical Misery Tour at Belfast Film Festival
May 2012 – Trying Things Out, Story Without End and Resemblage at Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain-Strasbourg 
May 2012
 – Magical Misery Tour in Madrid at Caixaforum
April 2012 – The Sound of the End of Music at Image Forum Festival, Tokyo
Spring 2012 – Prints of Darkness purchased for Pallant House Collection, Chichester for inclusion in their collection in 2012
January 2012 – Screening of The Sound of the End of Music, Transmediale, Berlin
December 2011 – Screening of Magic, Kineteca, Madrid
November-December 2011 – Prints of Darkness tours to Engramme, Quebec, Canada
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Cinecity, Brighton Film Festival, UK
November 2011 – Screening The Sound of the End of Music at Filmladen Kassel e.V., Kassel
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Bristol Encounters International Film Festival
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Cork Film Festival
October 2011 – Speaking at RadioVision conference, NYC
October 2011 – Screenings of Skew Gardens and Trying Things Out at Merge Festival, Bankside, London
October 2011 – Genre Collage at Almost Cinema, Gent Film Festival, Belgium
September 2011 – New live set “Horror Collage” premiered at The Sound Of Fear at London’s South Bank Centre.
July-September 2011 – Solo exhibition “The Doors of Perspection” at Vitrine Gallery, London
August 2011 – Skew Gardens, The Keystone Cut Ups and The Sound of the End of Music at Mitternachtskino – Frankfurt am Main
July 2011 – Print edition co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery
May-June 2011 – Modern Empire at La Scatola Gallery
May-June 2011 – Prints of Darkness tours to The Changing Room, Stirling (12 May-25th June 2011)
May 2011 – Genre Collage at Auditorium of Rome
May 2011 – “Live Excerpts” at “Expanded Video” exhibition, MAXXI, Italy
April 2011 – More Soup and Tart at The Barbican, London
April 2011 – Genre Collage at Open Ears Festival, Kitchener Ontario
April 2011 – film screenings at Satellite Vitrine Gallery, The Hospital Club, London
March 2011 – The Keystone Cut Ups at Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK
March 2011 – Genre Collage and multiple film screenings at Ambulante, Mexico
January 2011 – Genre Collage at Art’s Birthday Party, Swedish Radio, Stockholm
November-December 2010 – Prints of Darkness tours to Matthew Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee
November 2010 – Genre Collage at The British Film Festival, Ukraine
October 2010 – Supersonic Festival, Birmingham
September 2010 – Press Play Film Festival, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
September 2010 – Berwick Film And Media Arts Festival – premiere of The Keystone Cut Ups with Ergo Phizmiz 
August 2010 – Skew Gardens at Lincoln Center, New York as part of UbuWeb evening
August 2010 – Genre Collage at Vintage Goodwood
August 2010 – Genre Collage in the Ukraine presented by Forma and the British Council 
July-Sept 2010 – Prints of Darkness, Edinburgh Printmakers – group exhibition – pic disc LP and print by Vicki Bennett
July 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Bristol Arnolfini in conjunction with Encounters Film Festival
July-Oct 2010 – In The Long Run: 30 Years of Great Running – Great North Museum: Hancock – “Parade” as part of group exhibition
June 2010 – “Genre Collage” at De La Warr Pavilion
May 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Liverpool Sound City, in conjunction with Sound and Music
May 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Musraramix Festival – Jerusalem, Israel
April 2010 – Baltimore Transmodern screening 2010
April 2010 – Issue Project Room, Brooklyn
March 2010 – AV Festival, Newcastle
December 2009 – BFI Southbank, London
December 2009 – Grand Café Zum Rothen Krebsen (IFEK Institut für erweiterte Kunst), Linz, Austria
November 2009 – Night of the Long Worms, Cafe OTO, London
November 2009 – NEW NEW! 2009 – Fleda, Brno, Czech Republic
October 2009 – WFMU Record Fair, NYC
October 2009 – Vancouver New Music Festival
August 2009 – Cafe OTO, London (live with Ergo Phizmiz)
September-November 2009 – Parade (film and two photo works at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle as part of “Hit The Ground”
May 2009– Sonic Recycler, London (screening Skew Gardens)
May 2009 – Vienna Independent Shorts (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – sound:frame Festival (screening We Edit Life)
April 2009 – Indielisboa, Lisbon (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – Glimmer Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – Migrating Forms Festival (NYUFF), New York (screening Work, Rest & Play)
March 2009 – Zemos98, Seville
February 2009 – Rotterdam Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
January 2009 – Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (screening Work, Rest & Play)
December-May 2008/9 – Fundacio la Caixa Gallery (screening 3 works)
November 2008 – SPNM hosted concert at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London
November 2008 – Invideo, Milan (screening Work, Rest & Play)
October 2008 – Cork Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
September 2008 – Experimental Film Video Festival, Seoul (screening Work, Rest & Play)
June 2008 – Sonar, CCCB Barcelona (screening Work, Rest & Play)
May-July 2008 – People Like Us Retrospective Solo Exhibition – alt.gallery, Newcastle, UK
May 2008 – live solo concert, reinterpreting the works of Daphne Oram (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
March 2008 – Screening of Skew Gardens at Curzon, Soho, London
March 2008 – Sightsonic, York International Festival of Digital Arts – National Centre For Early Music – solo and joint A/V concert with artist Ergo Phizmiz
January 2008 – London Short Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
November 2007 – Live soundtrack to Christian Marclay’s Screen Play, as part of the Wire 25 anniversary series, London
October 2007 – Touch live event, Balham, London
June 2007 – Bilbao Copy Your Idols conference
May 2007 – 3 Screen video premiere of Work, Rest & Play at Millennium Galleries, Lovebytes International Festival of Digital Media, Sheffield
February 2007 – Session for Mixing It, BBC Radio 3
November 2006 – Encounters 12th Annual International Short Film Festival, Bristol (screening of Story Without End)
November 2006 – La Casa Encendida, Madrid (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2006 – Fundacio La Caixa. Mediateca, Barcelona (screening of Story Without End)
October 2006 – La Blanche Nuit, Paris (screening of Story Without End)
September 2006 – Exis Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul, Korea (screening of Story Without End)
July 2006 – Miguel Dias Vila Do Conde ISFF, Portugal (screening of Story Without End)
June 2006 – Sonar Cinema, CCCB Barcelona (screening of Story Without End)
June 2006 – BOOTS – Live collaboration with Ergo Phizmiz – info here
May 2006 – European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck (screening of Story Without End)
April 2006 – Britspotting, Berlin (screening of Story Without End)
April 2006 – Porto at Casa Da Musica, Porto
March 2006 – Photographers’ Gallery, London (screening of Story Without End)
March 2006 – Visual Arts Ipswich, Ipswich (screening of Story Without End) February 2006 – Club Transmediale, Berlin (screening of Story Without End)
January 2006 – Le Cube, Paris
January 2006 – Flatpack Festival, Birmingham
November 2005 – Other Cinema, San Francisco
November 2005 – UC Davis, Davis, California
November 2005 – Performance at Leeds International Film Festival
October 2005 – Nulle Part Ailleurs Production (screening of We Edit Life)
October 2005 – Experimentaclub in Madrid 
September 2005 – Etrange Festival at Forum Des Images, Paris
July 2005 – Optronica at The National Film Theatre, London
June 2005 – Mission Creek Music Festival, California
April 2005 – Britspotting, Berlin (screening of The Remote Controller)
April 2005 – Femme Totale, Dortmund (screening of The Remote Controller)
February 2005 – AHRB Centre for British Film and Television, London (screening of We Edit Life and The Remote Controller)
February 2005 – Cinilingus, Belfast (screening of We Edit Life)
January 2005 – Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (screening of The Remote Controller)
December 2004 – Live concert as part of Christian Marclay’s Sounds of Christmas installation at the Tate Modern, London
November 2004 – Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – Tromsø Kunstforening (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – Festival International du Film Independant (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – INVIDEO, Milano (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2004 – Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds (screening of The Remote Controller and We Edit Life)
October 2004 – Backup Festival, Weimar (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2004 – Bath Michael Tippett Centre
September 2004 – Seoul New and Film Festival – Seoul (screening of The Remote Controller)
September 2004 – Barcelona LEM Festival
August 2004 – Chicago Underground Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
August 2004 – Oslo Studio 04 Festival
June 2004 – The Music Hall, Shrewsbury (screening of We Edit Life)
May 2004 – BBC Radio 3 – Mixing It – Live Session/broadcast
April 2004 – Toronto Images Festival 
March 2004 – Virginia Film Festival 
March 2004 – New York Underground Film Festival
February 2004 – First Anniversary of 2003 FACT, Liverpool
January 2004 – Hanger, Barcelona (screening of The Remote Controller)
January 2004 – Rotterdam Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2003 – Work, Work, Work at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, as part of Matmos’s artist installation
November 2003 – Sample Culture Now at The Tate Modern
October 2003 – Oslo S-, Oslo (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2003 – Wheels Instead of Hooves, Newcastle (screening of We Edit Life)
October 2003 – City of Women, International Festival of Contemporary Arts Ljubljana, Slovenia
October 2003 – Dissonanze Festival of Electronic Music and Digital Art, at MACROl, Rome
September 2003 – Kino Central, Berlin (screening of The Remote Controller)
September 2003 – The Pompidou Centre, Paris
July 2003 – The ICA, London – screenings of The Remote Controller and We Edit Life as part of their Radical Entertainment season
June 2003 – Le Fresnoy, Studio National Des Arts Contemporains, France
April 2003 – Live performance as part of Cut & Splice (Sonic Arts Network), ICA, London
March 2003 – POL, Frankfurt
February 2003 – Club Transmediale, Berlin at “Maria am Ostbahnhof”
January 2003 – Session for John Peel, for BBC Radio 1
November 2002 – Avanto Festival at Kiasma Centre, Helsinki, Finland
September 2002 – Sound Unseen Festival at The Walker Center, Minneapolis, USA
June 2002 – South Bank’s Meltdown Festival, Queen Elisabeth Hall, London – video commission for Baby Zizanie
May 2002 – Southbank Centre ETHER Festival, Purcell Room, London 
December 2001 – Dysfunktional Beats at 93ft East, London
November 2001 – Laptops Live at the ICA, London
November 2001 – Futuresonic, Manchester
October 2001 – Sydney Opera House, Australia as part of This Is Not Art Festival
June 2001 – London Musicians Collective’s Tenth Annual Festival, Purcell Room, London
June 2001 – Sonar Festival, Barcelona – live collaboration with Matmos (US)
May 2001 – Catalyst/Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
April 2001 – EMAF, Osnabreuck
March 2001 – Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield
March 2001 – Dingwalls, London in association with Mixing It, BBC Radio 3
February 2001 – London Lux Cinema in association with The Wire magazine
December 2000– Bristol Cube Cinema, in association with The Wire magazine
December 2000– Lisbon Numero Festival in association with Warp Records of London
November 2000– Burning Bush, Dundee Contemporary Arts
October 2000 – Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM)
May 2000 – Brooklyn Experimental Music Festival, NYC
April 2000 – Komedia, Brighton
June 2000 – TransEuropa 2000, Hildesheim
March 2000 – Exit Festival, Creteil
June 2000 – Sonar 2000, Barcelona
February 2000 – Brussels 2000, European City of Culture Festival
January 2000 – Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) event
October 1999 – Fylkingen, Stockholm
October 1999 – Nottingham Expo Festival
September – Ars Electronica, Linz
August 1999 – Festival of the Regions, Enns
September 1996 – Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF)

List of Residencies, Commissions & Collaborations

Sound and Music New Voices [2018]
New live a/v performance “The MirrorACE Grants for the Arts [2018]
8 speaker / 10 screen audiovisual installation “Gone, Gone Beyond” with Recombinant Media Labs and Cinechamber [2016/2017/2018++]
Video editing/production for The The Comeback Special [Spring 2018]
Can’t Stop What’s Coming” video for THE THE [2017]
Curation of radio station and artist residency (with John Kilduff) Optimized! on WFMU funded by National Endowment for the Arts [June 2016]
No One Is An Island radio commission for WDR to be broadcast 9 April 2016 on WDR 3 [Summer 2015-Winter 2015]
Curation of films for Concert of Collage, Watershed, Bristol [September 2015]Nothing Can Turn Into A Void
, editing a feature length doc film by Carl Abrahamsson about Vicki Bennett/People Like Us [Spring 2015]
Arts Council England award creating a new live a/v performance Citation City and new short films with artist soundtracks pdf [Spring 2014-Spring 2015]
Book collaboration with Gregor Weichbrodt The Fundamental Questions [Summer 2014]
Those Who Do Not T Shirt Commission [Summer 2014]
Printed in a light blue and white on an electric blue T-shirt with The Wire logo and Vicki Bennett Those Who Do Not printed in light blue on the back of the neck. Limited edition of 100 shirts.
Solo gallery show Shutter at Leeds College of Art pdf [Winter-Spring 2014]
Touring award from Sound and Music for Notations [Autumn/Winter 2013]
Two short animation films for Animate Projects/Channel 4 television, UK as part of their Random Acts Series [March 2013-July 2013] broadcast on national television in Autumn 2013 pdf
Creation of online film with 7 artist soundtracks Gesture Piece, commissioned by Pixel Palace at Tyneside Cinema pdf [Spring/Summer 2013]
Creating a new live A/V performance Consequences (One Things Leads To Another, commissioned by Arts Council England [August 2012-January 2013], supported by transmediale [January 2013]
Music for live performance piece Lost and Found by Anne Juren [Summer 2012]
Archiving Radio Boredcast on WFMU, commissioned by AV Festival wfmu.org/playlists/ZZ [May-June 2012]
Curating an online-radio station Radio Boredcast for AV Festival 12pdf [Sept 2011-March 2012]
Sound and Music commission to make a/v live performance Horror Collage for The Sound Of Fear (later changed to “The Magical Misery Tour”) Southbank Centre, London [September 2011]
The Doors of Perspection atVitrine Gallery London [July/August 2011]
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival commission to create a new live a/v performance The Keystone Cut Ups with Ergo Phizmiz [2010]
Curation of Nothing is New, Everything Is Permitted. as part of AV Festival 10 at the Star and Shadow, Newcastle [2010]
Edinburgh Printmakers commission to create audio and artwork for a picture disc LP “This Is Light Music”, as part of their group exhibition Prints of Darkness to be shown at Edinburgh Printmakers in Summer 2010 then touring venues [2010]
Grants For The Arts commission to create new a/v performance Genre Collage [2008-2009]
Great North Run Moving Image Commission 2009 The Great North Run Cultural Programme – to create a film using the archives of the Great North Run, Parade pdf [July 2008-October 2009]
Grants For The Arts commission to release Rhapsody In Glue with Ergo Phizmiz on bleep.com – an album created with audio collage sourced from the podcast Codpaste (May 2008)
 Retrospective solo exhibition of People Like Us A/V work, entitled We Edit Life at alt.gallery Newcastle curated by Rebecca Shatwell pdf [May 2008]
Curation of CD Smiling Through My Teeth – Sonic Arts Network [May 2008]
Forma/AV Festival commission Breaking Waves to make Bluetooth audio compositions for mobile phone [January 2008]
Lecturing Music and Other Media at Goldsmiths [2006-2008]
Wandsworth Film Awards commission to make short digital film Skew Gardens, exploring the boundaries of urban land use – [September 2007]
Lovebytes commission in association with Millennium Galleries, Sheffield to make three screen A/V film Work, Rest & Play [June 2007]
 Grants For The Arts commission to make podcast series Codpaste on WFMU, where People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz explore the working process of creating music from scratch [September 2007]
Radio session for BBC Radio 3’s Mixing It [February 2007]
Artist Residency at BBC Creative Archive with “access all areas” to work with their archive – Arts Council England (Interdisciplinary Arts) with BBC, White City – [March 2006]
Grants For The Arts commission to create 10″ record to be given away for free in selected international record stores Honeysuckle Boulevard [August 2006]
PRS Foundation award to create a new live performance (with artist Ergo Phizmiz) using dansette players and self-pressed vinyl compositions Boots! [June 2006]
Sonic Arts Network / Goldsmiths Electronic Music Studio (EMS) commission working with Daphne Oram’s sound archive [Summer 2005]
Grants for the Arts commission to create new live A/V performance – [April 2005]
LUX commission to make digital short film sourcing the LUX archive collection Resemblage [October 2004]
Residency at FACT to make radio play Molaradio in collaboration with artist Felix Kubin and Croxteth school children [January 2004]
Sonic Arts Network commission to make short film and subsequent DVD release – Story Without End [June 2004]
Live performance with Wobbly for radio broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Mixing It, London Spitz [May 2004]
BBC Radio 1 session for John Peel [January 2003]
Future Physical commission to make digital short film The Remote Controller [June 2002]
Lovebytes commission to make short film We Edit Life [December 2002]
Curated line up for Humour in Music event, Ether Festival at Purcell Room, London [May 2002]
Year of the Artist Residency, Lighthouse, Brighton with Brighton & Hove Music Library, teaching sound collage [June 2001]
Year of the Artist Residency, Hull Time Based Arts, making A/V collage – [January-April 2001]
Live session and BBC Radio 3 broadcast for Mixing It, Dingwalls [March 2001]
Work & Leisure International commission to make new A/V live performance – [September 1999]
Ars Electronica – The Sound of Music live collaboration with Negativland and Barbed [Summer 1998]
Various radio commissions for De Avonden on VPRO, The Netherlands [early 1990s]

People Like Us/Vicki Bennett Filmography

The Mirror” (live performance), [Spring 2018, taking bookings]
“The The 2018 Tour” – editing visuals [2018]
Gone, Gone Beyond” 10 Screen / 8 Speaker work, Stage One complete, Stage Two in progress [2016-2017, taking bookings]
Can’t Stop What’s Coming” video edit for THE THE [2017]
Optimized! Expanded Radio & Artist Residency at WFMU with People Like Us & Let’s Paint TV” documentary film [2016]
Optimized! Special: The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon – At Union Square, Manhattan” documentary edited by Vicki Bennett [2016]
Ultimate Care II Excerpt 5” – official video for Matmos [2015]
Nothing Can Turn Into A Void” – documentary film about People Like Us edited by Vicki Bennett and directed by Carl Abrahamsson [2015]
CCCitations” [2015]
Citation City” (live performance) [2015]
“Art Heist” (film – under construction) [2015-]
“The Big Sleep” [2014]
“BLINK” [2014]
Notations UK Tour Travelogue” documentary [2013]
“We Are Not Amused” [2013]
“The Golem – An Inanimate Matter” [2013]
“Notations”
 [2013]
“Gesture Piece” [2013]
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Exhibitions and Editions

To date, People Like Us/Vicki has had 5 solo exhibitions and participated in 19 group shows at MAXXI (Rome), HMKV (Dortmund), Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico), Hatton Gallery (Newcastle), Vitrine (London), alt.gallery (Newcastle), Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery (NY), Peacock Visual Arts (Aberdeen), Pallant House (Chichester), Engramme (Quebec), La Scatola Gallery (London), Changing Room (Stirling), Franklin Street Works (Connecticut), Usurp Gallery (London), University of Greenwich Galleries, Matthew Gallery (Dundee), Edinburgh Printmakers, Millennium Gallery (Sheffield) Leeds College of Art and Sunbeam Studios (London).

Also featured in Sounds Like Silence – 4’33’’ Silence Today (Spectre Books 2012), The Journal of Writing In Creative Practice (Vol 7 Issue 1 2015), The Fundamentals of Sonic Art and Design by Tony Gibbs (Ava Publishing 2007), Cutting Across Media by Kembrew McLeod (Duke University Press 2011), Here To Go – Art, Counter-Culture and the Esoteric (Forum Nidrosiae 2014), Incredible Machines by Danny Snelson (avant 2014), and writing for The Wire’s Collateral Damage (February 2012).

For gallery concerts and festival film screenings please also see Selected Performances and Screenings

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Discography

This is by no means the full list, but it’s what we remember!
“Another Kind of Humor Another Kind of Murder” (split with Abraxas) World Serpent (CD/LP) 1992
“Lowest Common Dominator” Staalplaat (CD) 1994
“It’s Terrorific!” Staalplaat (DAT) 1994
“Guide To Broadcasting” Staalplaat (3″CD) 1994
“Beware The Whim Reaper” Staalplaat(CD) 1996
“Jumble Massive” Soleilmoon Recordings (LP) 1996
“File Under Easy Listening/File Under Sleazy Listening” (split with Sniper) Kleptones 1 (LP) 1996
“Lassie House” Staalplaat (10″ Picture Disc) 1997
“Blundersonix/Special Mix” (split with TFU) Kleptones(LP) 1997
“People Like Us and Sniper Play The Three DJs of The Apocalypse” (with Sniper) Kleptones (LP) 1997
“Hate People Like You” Staalplaat (CD) 1997
“People Like Us Meet The Jet Black Hair People In Concert” Audioview (CD) 1999
“Hate People Like Us” (remix of PLU by Coil, Negativland, Death in June, Barbed, Christoph Heemann, Bruce Gilbert, Stock, Hausen & Walkman, Rehberg & Bauer, Mika Vainio, Boyd Rice, Dummy Run, Farmer’s Manual and Sons of Silence. 2CD features additionally Cyclobe, Req1, V/VM, Sniper, Mr Rotorvator, Felix Kubin, Xper. Xr, Venoz [TKS], Katy Brown and Dr P Li Khan. There was an additional remix by Andy Votel/Badly Drawn Boy, excluded for legal reasons. Caciocavallo/CAD1 (CD) and Staalplaat (2CD) 1999 2CD
“Thermos Explorer” Hot Air (CD) 2000
“A Fistful of Knuckles” Caciocavallo (CD) 2000
“Swing Largo/Going Out Of My Town” Klang Galerie (7″) 2001
“Home-Roam-Play/Work-All-Day” (split 12″ with remix by Matmos) Wicked Witch Records (12″) 2001 recalled due to faulty pressing
“Recyclopaedia Britannica” Mess Media/Mess (CD) April 2002
“Preserved Cowgirl” Asphodel – remix of Tipsy (CD) August 2002
“Stifled Love” – Mess Media/Mess 2 (12″) October 2002
7″ single – Rough Trade label For Us Records October 2002
“Volatile Media” Lovebytes label (DVD) March 2003
“Wide Open Spaces” Tigerbeat6 label (CD) collaboration with Matmos and Wobbly May 2003
“Nothing Special” Mess03 (CD) collaboration with Kenny G June 2003
“A Call For Silence” – (CD) Sonic Arts Network February 2004
“Abridged Too Far” – (mp3) online album at Ubuweb. August 2004
“Windpipe Moods” – (CD) Mukow October 2004
“Story Without End” – (DVD) Sonic Arts Network October 2005
“Fom Fom” – (CD) – track for Chicks On Speed’s compilation Girl Monster – Chicks on Speed Records Summer 2006
“All Together Now” – (CD) – self released August 2006
“Honeysuckle Boulevard” – (10″) – self released collaboration with Ergo Phizmiz January 2007
“Perpetuum Mobile – (CD) – Soleilmoon Recordings April 2007
“On The Rooftops Of London” – (CDS) – self released May 2007
“Rhapsody In Glue” – (online album) – bleep.com  May 2008
“Smiling Through My Teeth” – (CD) – Sonic Arts Network May 2008
“Withers In The Waking” – (7″) Touch October 2008
“Le Xerox et l’Infini” – (cassette) Tapeworm June 2009
“Music For The Fire” – (CD) – Illegal Art June 2010
“This Is Light Music” – (LP) – Edinburgh Printmakers/Prints Of Darkness exhibit – August 2010
“Welcome Abroad” – (CD) – Illegal Art May 2011
“The Keystone Cut Ups” – (DVD) – with Ergo Phizmiz –  Illegal Art May 2012
“Magic Moon” -(7″) – with Ergo Phizmiz – Illegal Art May 2012
“Don’t Think Right, It’s All Twice” – (CD) – Cutting Hedge October 2013
“Dreaming” square flexidisc postcard – (8′) – Hasenbart Records 2014
“A Fistful of Knuckles” and “Nothing Special” reissued on cassette – Megaphone Records 2015
“Abridged Too Far” – (LP) – Discrepant March 2017
“Early Radio Works Vol. 1 – (cassette) Discrepant August 2017
“Optimized!” – (Split LP with Porest) – Discrepant October 2017
“Wide Open Spaces” – (with Matmos and Wobbly) – Discrepant February 2018
“Recyclopaedia Britannia” – (cassette) Discrepant August 2018
“The Mirror” – (CD) Cutting Hedge October 2018

List of Lectures, Workshops

As well as working as an artist, Vicki occasionally teaches/lectures, as well as being the subject of student PhDs. She has given lectures, workshops and guest tutorials at Goldsmiths, RCA, Leeds Beckett, Newcastle University, Wimbledon, Middlesex, Camberwell, LCC, Lighthouse Brighton, Johns Hopkins Baltimore, University of Pennsylvania, UC Davis, SF Art Institute, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea Bilbao, Universidad de Morelia Mexico, on music, media and the arts, film and creative writing.  Also, she taught audio collage to 10-12 year olds at Croxteth School.

This isn’t all of them, just the ones we remember – look at the general bio if you’d like to see the bigger picture.

May 2017 – Concerts for school children, Sentralen, Oslo
January 2017
– Lecture, Goldsmiths, Music Dept
January 2017
– Lecture and screenings, Roehampton University, Creative Writing Dept
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

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)