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. Nothing Can Turn Into A Void – a doc film about People Like Us has been screening in cinemas and festivals since Autumn 2015.
Currently, Vicki is focussing on expanding a/v work for a multiscreen and multi-speakered environment with Recombinant Media Labs own Cinechamber, with 10 screen work "Gone, Gone Beyond". Also a new People Like Us live performance (and sometimes stand alone movie) "The Mirror" premiered at FACT, Liverpool in Spring 2018 and now tours as a live performance (Europe), and stand alone movie (US). October 2018 sees the release of a new CD/online album also called The Mirror.
People Like Us interview and movie screening Friday 21 September 2018 2pm NY time on WFMU online and on the radio in the NY area
Yes, it’s possible to do such a thing on WFMU! The Mirror will screen in full in theatrical movie format on the front page of the WFMU.org website with simultaneous radio broadcast on Bryce’s Show on Friday 21 September 2018 at 2pm NY time. The video will not be archived so you’ll need to view it there and then. http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/bk
Spectacle is a collectively run screening space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, established and staffed entirely by hard working, cinema-loving volunteers. Spectacle is located at 124 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn, New York, between Bedford Avenue and Berry Street.
There will be 3 collections of PLU movies shown, listed below. Bear in mind this is a 27 seater cinema and it may sell out. $5 Tickets here.
A retrospective of the audio-visual collage artist People Like Us (Vicki Bennett), featuring the theatrical versions of THE MIRROR (U.S. Premiere) and CITATION CITY (NYC Premiere).
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – 7:30 PM (VICKI BENNETT IN ATTENDANCE!) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – 10 PM SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – 10 PM (SEE BELOW FOR FULL SCREENING INFORMATION)
At the forefront of audio-visual collage since 1991, British artist People Like Us (Vicki Bennett) is a pioneer in the editing of archival material sourced from popular film and music. Her dense, recontextualized odysseys forge new multilayered associations, resulting in a psychedelic trip that recalls the wild tangents of the brain’s own pathways. The first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive, Bennett has also collaborated with such artists as Matmos, Christian Marclay, and members of Negativland. She also hosts the ongoing radio show, ‘DO or DIY’ on WFMU.
Spectacle is excited to present the U.S. premiere of the theatrical version of People Like Us’s latest project, THE MIRROR. Using the mirror in film as a device for both inward and outward reflection, Bennett unleashes a flurry of reworked sounds and images that flow in and out of one another to kaleidoscopic effect. Spectacle will also be presenting the NYC premiere of the theatrical version of CITATION CITY, a collage-edit of over 300 feature films either shot or set in London. Bennett draws inspiration from The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin’s study of Paris, by bringing collective cinematic associations of London together, resulting in a dizzying journey through multiple narratives.
“Her films are an audiovisual overload, full of startling juxtapositions and wry humour, and rich in details that emerge with repeated viewing.” – Emily Bick, The Wire
“I see what I do as folk art in the age of digital reproduction: I’m working with the palette of the time.”– Vicki Bennett
“As the images unwind, like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind.”– “The Windmills of Your Mind” by Michel Legrand
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – 7:30 PM (WITH VICKI BENNETT)
We Are Not Amused (2013) (3:00)
25 Years of People Like Us(Special Edit)(31:00) Including: The Sound of the End of Music (2010) Bridge (2012) Here Come The Occupants (2012) Zoom (2012) Mirrors (2012) Shopping (2014) Jump (2012) Eve Of Sunshine (2012)
The Mirror (2018) (36:00) – U.S. PREMIERE!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – 10 PM
Gone, Gone Beyond (Trailer) (2018) (3:19)
Citation City (2015)(40:00) – NYC PREMIERE!
Magical Misery Tour (Special Edit) (2011) (30:00)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – 10 PM
The Zone (Trailer) (2012)(3:45)
The Sound of the End of Music (2010)(3:38)
The Golem – An Inanimate Matter (2013)(2:49)
Spinning (with Ergo Phizmiz) (2010) (3:34)
Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) (Special Edit) (2012)(18:21)
People Like Us take over the airwaves for an hour from 3.30pm-4.30pm (UK time) on Resonance FM on Saturday 28 April 2018 on the Splice Festival Festival Radio Show. This coincides with our forthcoming performance at Splice Festival (12 May 2018).
The WFMU Fundraising Marathon 2018starts today, Sunday 4 March and runs for two weeks. People Like Us has had a radio show on WFMU since 2003 and been played on the station for waaay longer than that. WFMU has supported People Like Us immensely, artistically and gifted us with lots of new friends. It makes our world a much richer place. Two of these friends we will co-host with this coming week. Tune in and please pledge. It’s a great two weeks of the year. The marathon is also great fun. Lots of co-hosting, and lots of marathon prizes to be had. Tune in, and involve yourself.
People Like Us will be doing a fill-in slot for Station Manager Ken on WFMU on Wednesday 27 December 2017 from 9-Noon NY Time (2pm UK). Gwilly Edmondez will be joining Vicki to sing some selections from the LP box set Now That’s What I Call Music. Ergo Phizmiz PLC will also be popping in to sing a handful of songs. Tune in at http://wfmu.org – live playlist and comments here.
People Like Us will be on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb on Friday 8 December 2017 talking about scrolling culture (and google minds!) in relation to the creative process and The Fundamental Questions book, playing a specially made 3 minute group reading made from this.
Here’s the piece that we made : I Am A Poet (from The Fundamental Questions)
Group reading features: Jaap Blonk, Dylan Nyoukis, Leo Chadburn, Mark Gergis, Chris T, Bryce Kretschmann, Medaya Ocher, John Aage Nilsen, Abbie Minard, Colleen Lindsay, Simon Faulkner, Scott Williams, Falco Carey, Hearty White, Kurt Gottshalk, Rebecca Schnell, Roslyn Sargeant, Michael Newman, Steven Ball, Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee, Nancy Novotny, MC Schmidt, Adrian Testcard, The Weatherman, Annabel McCourt, HK Kahng, Austin Rich, Tim Maloney, Matthew Curry, Drew Daniel, Alma, Silas and Peter Jaeger, Casper Carey, Paul Abbott, Tom Comitta, Will Edmondes, Catherine Backhouse, Krys O, Elkka Nyoukis, Miller Sargeant, Jhh Löwengard, Mike Lupica, Dan Solenoid, Greg Scharpen, Nick The Bard, Jon Leidecker, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Brancois Bonnet, Andie Brown, Ada Graham-Löwengard, Duncan Harrison, Gregor Weichbrodt and Vicki Bennett.
PEOPLE LIKE US & POREST – OPTIMIZED! [CREP49]
People Like Us “All On A Beautiful Day” Porest “The Parallel Broadcasts” Shipping November 2017
The Parallel Broadcasts presents Porest’s recordings from the covert sector of his archives. Culled from shortwave and FM broadcasts, these selections were intercepted via prepared radio – finely tuned to receive what is known in certain circles as parallel broadcasting. Content explores the trauma of emerging global consciousness, acute cultural antipology and the urgent placement of democratic music today.
Recorded on location in Jan/Feb, 2016 – Featuring contributions from Paul Staufenbiel and Michael Darr
All On A Beautiful Day was recorded in Spring 2016 by People Like Us for “Optimized!” – a week-long online a/v radio station programmed by Vicki Bennett, housed on WFMU.org 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 works, including both this and Porest’s Parallel Broadcasts, where people were invited to respond to the word “optimized”.