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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Filmography
Exhibitions and Editions
Selected Performances and Screenings
Commissions and Awards
Discography

 

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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DO or DIY Special: Gwilly Edmondez

Monday, July 17th, 6pm – 7pm EST
on DO or DIY with People Like Us on WFMU
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/73648

Gwilly Edmondez is all over the place yet usually in the wrong place at the right time. As an improvisor and recording artist he tries to play as often as possible with anyone who’s game, or solo if no one is about. What he uses mostly is his voice, but is always searching for things to go with it, like samples, tapes and beats. Anything could happen, which is why Gwilly prefers to act at the very fringes of proper. He has collaborated with all sorts of people but his primary non-solo projects at the moment are YEAH YOU (with Elvin Brandhi), Kleevex (with Faye MacCalman) and Impossibility Knox (with Odie Ji Ghast and sometimes THF Drenching).

 

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.

April 2018 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance 
April 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance World Premiere, FACT, Liverpool
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, Portugal

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