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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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WE ARE NOT AMUSED

“We Are Not Amused” – the second of our two films made for Animate Projects and Channel 4 TV which was screened on 5 September 2013 is now available for viewing:


We Are Not Amused. A film by Vicki Bennett [2013]

Who knows where ideas come from? You or me? Or THEM? The Muses are angry and they want their ideas back! This is a story of thieving and reappropriation, staged on a mythological platform.

Interview with Vicki Bennett
http://www.animateprojects.org/interviews/interview_with_vicki_bennett1

Screenings
August 2015 – uSurp Zone5 Festival, London
March 2015Ann Arbor Film Festival
November 2014 – Screening at Other Cinema, San Francisco
August 2014 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Sao Paulo 25th International Short Film Festival 
May 2014 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Oberhausen Film Festival, London, entered for the International Film Category competition
November 2013 Underwire Festival, London
November 2013 – Screening of We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter at Bradford Animation Festival

Download stills and photos of work in progress from both We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter
http://peoplelikeus.org/piccies/random/pictures-and-screenshots.zip

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Newton misses a trick in We Are Not Amused

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Muybridge motions defy gravity in We Are Not Amused

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A muse tampers with Edison’s recording device in We Are Not Amused

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Beethoven just can’t get the fourth note of this fifth in We Are Not Amused

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Early man is going to be late in We Are Not Amused

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Muse defaces and impressionist painting in We Are Not Amused

Background on the commission
http://www.animateprojects.org/news/our_secret_monsters_will_be_revealed

Vicki Bennett on Animate Projects website
http://www.animateprojects.org/films/by_artist/b/v_bennett

THE GOLEM – AN INANIMATE MATTER

“The Golem – An Inanimate Matter” – the first of our two films made for Animate Projects and Channel 4 TV which was screened on 21 August 2013 is now available for viewing:

http://vimeo.com/peoplelikeus/golem

Random Acts Secret Monsters Commission – Animate Projects/Channel 4 (2013)
Two films were commissioned, the other being “We Are Not Amused”

Title of film: The Golem, An Inanimate Matter
Name of filmmaker(s): Vicki Bennett
Synopsis of film: The Golem, a monstrous being of inanimate matter from Jewish folklore, is accidentally summoned from a book wreaks havoc through a library.

Interview with Vicki Bennett
http://www.animateprojects.org/interviews/interview_with_vicki_bennett1

Screenings
November 2013 – Screening of We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter at Bradford Animation Festival

Download stills and photos of work in progress from both We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter
http://peoplelikeus.org/piccies/random/pictures-and-screenshots.zip

Editing timeline for The Golem

Editing timeline for The Golem

The Golem to be screened on Channel 4 and then online

The Golem to be screened on Channel 4 and then online

More images from The Golem:

Still from The Golem, rumbled by a character from an old fairy tale

Still from The Golem, rumbled by a character from an old fairy tale

Ergo Phizmiz plays "Simple Stephen"

Ergo Phizmiz plays “Simple Stephen”

http://www.animateprojects.org/news/our_secret_monsters_will_be_revealed

The Golem - and one of the first texts about copying - courtesy of Lewis Carroll

The Golem – and one of the first texts about copying – courtesy of Lewis Carroll in 1863

The Golem - about to be swallowed by text?

The Golem – about to be swallowed by text?

Part of a panning shot in The Golem

Part of a panning shot in The Golem

Vicki Bennett on Animate Projects website
http://www.animateprojects.org/films/by_artist/b/v_bennett

WE ARE NOT AMUSED screens on Channel 4 TV

Thursday 5th September 2013 00:10 Channel 4 TV UK

Random Acts Secret Monsters Commission – Animate Projects/Channel 4 (2013)

We Are Not Amused – the second of our two films made for Animate Projects / Random Acts on Channel 4 TV will screen this Thursday 5th September night at ten past midnight (UK) on Channel 4.  It is listed as the program “Random Acts”.  Co-written with artist Ergo Phizmiz. Update: the film is now archived on the Channel 4 Random Acts website.

We Are Not Amused on Random Acts, Channel 4 TV

We Are Not Amused on Random Acts, Channel 4 TV

Synopsis of film: Who knows where ideas come from? You or me? Or THEM?  The Muses are angry and they want their ideas back! This is a story of thieving and reappropriation, staged on a mythological platform.

Download stills and photos of work in progress from both We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter
http://peoplelikeus.org/piccies/random/pictures-and-screenshots.zip

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Destruction of a painting in We Are Not Amused

Destruction of all kinds from the angry Muses in We Are Not Amused

Secret Monsters: Random Acts screenings on Channel 4

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Still from The Golem – An Inanimate Matter (2013)

http://peoplelikeus.org/2013/the-golem-on-channel-4-tv/

Press release: 2 May 2013

Secret Monsters: 10 fiendish Random Acts
Premiering: Channel 4, Autumn 2013

Animate Projects is pleased to be producing an array of amazing animations for Channel 4’s Random Acts that will provide an insight into the world’s hidden or secret monsters.

The slate considers the pseudo-science of cryptozoology – the search for creatures whose existence remains unproven. Many of these creatures feature in myths, legends and folklore across the globe, and include thunderbirds, the Loch Ness Monster, phantom cats, Bigfoot, colobockle, and the Chupacabra.

Animate has commissioned and acquired works from artists based in Austria, Japan, South America, Spain and the UK that respond to the theme. The artists bring inventive character design, hair-raising stories and a mix of animation techniques, to delight one and all.The artists are: Vicki Bennett, Elizabeth Hobbs, Clemens Kogler, Mandy McIntosh, Jossie Malis, Motomichi Nakamura, Sean Vicary and Atsushi Wada.Animate’s Random Acts will be broadcast on Channel 4, randomacts.channel4.com and animateprojects.org from Autumn 2013.

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October 2013: please note – these films are now available to view online:
http://peoplelikeus.org/2013/we-are-not-amused/
http://peoplelikeus.org/2013/the-golem-on-channel-4-tv/
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For more information visit: http://bit.ly/10i44v4

Download stills and photos of work in progress from both We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter
http://peoplelikeus.org/piccies/random/pictures-and-screenshots.zip

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Still from The Golem – An Inanimate Matter (2013)

We Are Not Amused: Who knows where ideas come from? You or me? Or THEM? The Muses are angry and they want their ideas back! This is a story of thieving and reappropriation, staged on a mythological platform.

The Golem, An Inanimate Matter: The Golem, a monstrous being of inanimate matter from Jewish folklore, is accidentally summoned from a book and wreaks havoc through a public library.

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Still from We Are Not Amused (2013)

About Random Acts
Random Acts is Channel 4’s short-form arts strand airing five nights a week and online at randomacts.channel4.com; over the course of a year it will showcase 260 specially commissioned three minute films chosen for their bold and original expressions of creativity. Visit http://randomacts.channel4.com/

Ergo Phizmiz as "Simple Stephen doodle drawing..."

Ergo Phizmiz as “Simple Stephen doodle drawing…”

About Animate Projects
Animate Projects is the only arts charity in the UK dedicated to championing experiments in animation. Our ambition is to support artists to use animation in new ways to create innovative and thought-provoking projects. We nurture the creative talent of artists, and encourage them to apply their skills to respond to briefs in unexpected ways. We enable artists to push the boundaries of what is possible – whether embracing advances in digital technologies, or reinventing the possibilities with traditional craft skills. To ensure all our projects reach the widest audiences, we work in partnership with leading broadcasters and national cultural organisations including Tate, Art on the Underground, Barbican, Channel 4, BFI, and Crafts Council.

Experiments in animation – http://www.animateprojects.org
Arts Council EnglandChannel 4
The Golem - clay figure created by Martha Moopette

The Golem – clay figure created by Martha Moopette