CITATION CITY to screen as a movie at Other Cinema

Citation City is now retired as a live performance.  However, we are now making it available as a stand-alone movie to be screened at cinemas.  The first screening of this type will be a special 20-minute edit made for Other Cinema in San Francisco on 7 October 2017.  Also on the bill some short films, Zoom from Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another), our Matmos Ultimate Care video, and the trailer for Gone, Gone Beyond which premieres a few streets away next week at Gray Area.
http://www.othercinema.com/calendar/index.html

GONE, GONE BEYOND – New immersive 360 Movie by People Like Us

A new 360 degree immersive film “GONE, GONE BEYOND” by People Like Us will World Premiere in San Francisco 11-14 October 2017 at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.  The film will screen daily from the 11-14th inclusive.  We have been making this movie for Recombinant Media Labs own Cinechamber for quite some time now – it is a 47-minute stand alone piece that you watch and listen to from the inside.  It is a work in progress, and this is Stage 1.  Stage 2 will premiere in 2018.

“Hey, hey, have you ever tried… reaching out to the other side?”
Gone, Gone Beyond is a 47-minute immersive a/v spatial cinema work by People Like Us, which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind.  Gone, Gone Beyond uses appropriated edited collage sewn together in a giant patchwork. Pull on a thread and watch whole new narratives expand and unravel all at once on a 360 palette.

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. She sees collage 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.

Q&A with Hearty White: http://peoplelikeus.org/2017/gone-gone-beyond-qa/

RECOMBINANT festival is a showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs. The 2017 Recombinant Festival is produced by Recombinant Media Labs, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Obscura Digital. For more information and additional program details please visit recombinantfestival.com.

TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recombinant-festival-2017-tickets-37510096709
OUR FILM IS PART OF “THE FALL OF LOVE” SCREENINGS
People Like Us screenings:
Wednesday 11 October 2017
20:00 – 21:30
CineChamber: The Fall of Love with Craig Baldwin, People Like Us, Masako Tanaka
Thursday 12 October 2017
20:00 – 21:30
CineChamber: The Fall of Love with Craig Baldwin, People Like Us, Masako Tanaka
Friday 13 October 2017
18:30 – 19:30
CineChamber: The Fall of Love with SF Cinematheque, People Like Us, Masako Tanaka
Saturday 14 October 2017
18:30 – 19:30
CineChamber: The Fall of Love with SF Cinematheque, People Like Us, Masako Tanaka
Full program further down this page and on the tickets page.  If you can, we recommend the entire festival program.


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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.

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Early Radio Works Vol. I – New Cassette Release

We are very pleased to let you know that we have another release on the wonderful label Discrepant.  Brave new old work by Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us. A journey into her early radio experiments with some dating back 20 years!


On Pre-Order. Ships end of September 2017



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Exhibition of Prints in Los Angeles

People Like Us have a collection of prints currently exhibiting at Nabi in Los Angeles until the end of September 2017. This is a joint exhibition with Peter Knight, and you can purchase the prints and grab some excellent Korean food while you’re at it!
Nabi
4632 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 16
Los Angeles, CA 90029
restaurantnabi AT gmail.com
(323) 986-0107
Hours:
Every Day Except Tuesday
11am – 7pm
Inside the Union Discount Swapmeet. Plenty of free parking off Santa Monica.
Metro: Vermont/Santa Monica stop

People Like Us perform at Brighton Digital Festival

Wednesday 20 September, 2017
Doors 8:00pm
Oliver Coates: 8.15pm People Like Us: 9:15pm



Adults £10 | Students £8 | On the Door £12

People Like Us will perform at The Attenborough Centre For The Creative Arts at the University in Falmer, Brighton as part of Brighton Digital Festival.
This audiovisual concert commemorates the 25th year of People Like Us publishing work, featuring highlighted excerpts from the previous four a/v performances of People Like Us.
https://www.attenboroughcentre.com/events/878/oliver-coates-people-like-us/

DO or DIY with People Like Us on WFMU

DOorDIYSince Autumn 2003 People Like Us have been doing a weekly show on WFMU, called DO or DIY. The aim of the show is to mix highbrow with lowbrow to challenge whether there is much difference.  Archived playlists of at least 200 shows from 2003 to the present day can be found at www.wfmu.org/peoplelikeus

Vicki Bennett also curated/programmed RADIO BOREDCAST in Winter 2011/Spring 2012. It was first broadcast on basic.fm and now is archived at WFMU.  More recently, Vicki Bennett has programmed OPTIMIZED!, a week-long expanded radio stream on WFMU 6-10 June 2016.

Subscribe to the Podcast of DO or DIY by clicking here – it will prompt your iTunes program to open, where you will receive the podcasts.

About DO or DIY

DO or DIY is a freeform sound art radio show broadcast weekly by Vicki Bennett (project name People Like Us) on WFMU.

The philosophy behind the show is simple. That within the realms of avant-garde and experimental sound art the goalposts defining “accessible” and “inaccessible” are constantly moving. As the radar rises and dips, fragments and shards of underground creations unearth, and popular culture and artist resonate, shifting shapes accordingly with one another in reflections of changing spotlights.

The avant-garde and popular culture rely on each other’s energy. People Like Us collage both “hard to listen” works and popular listening matter, showing that in fact, beyond the restrictions of genre, genre IS the restriction and it is possible to like many kinds of art and music. The key is finding the door – DO or DIY leads the way into new and unusual realms of listening and hope to show the way in.

Each show consists of collages made of sound works from the 20th and 21st century, often layered and looped many times over, resulting in an album type effect on each show.
The pun “All Things Avant-Retard”, a rhyme with “All Things Avant-Garde” literally means All Things Forward-Backwards. Essentially by using sonic extremes and apparent opposites we find some sort of central point or balanced perspective on music and sound.

Suggested Listening: DO or DIY fill in for Ken.

New Free WFMU iPhone/iPod Touch app!

Also, if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch we are also pleased to announce that you can listen to not only the regular WFMU stream on the move at a glorious 128k, but also all of our special streams, recent DJ show archives and DJ podcasts including all of DO or DIY!

You can download the much improved updated free WFMU app right here.

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