Citation City at Brighton Cinecity Festival

People Like Us will perform Citation City at Brighton Cinecity (say that fast!) on 21 November 2015 at Sallis Benney Theatre on Grand Parade, Brighton at 7.15pm.  http://www.cine-city.co.uk/festival-event/citation-city-people-like-us/

Also on at the same festival and venue on 18 November 2015 will be a double bill of the WFMU doc “Sex and Broadcasting” with the People Like Us doc “Nothing Can Turn Into A Void”.  http://www.cine-city.co.uk/cinecity-13th-brighton-film-festival-2015/calendar-2015/#21

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Citation City in NY and Baltimore!

People Like Us will present Citation City in two cities this week –
WFMU’s Monty Hall on Saturday 24 October at 8pm:
Event info here
PEOPLE LIKE US present Citation City
and
EAR, NOSE AND THROAT : M.C.SCHMIDT (Matmos), JASON WILLETT, MAX EILBACHER
M.C. Schmidt is one half of the acclaimed electronic duo Matmos. As half of Matmos, Schmidt has worked with Terry Riley, Bjork, The Kronos Quartet, Peter Rehberg, the INA/GRM, Rrose, Marshall Allen, Horse Lords, People Like Us, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Antony Hegarty, William Basinski and many more.
Jason Willett is an American musician, known largely for his work with experimental rock groups including Half Japanese, Can Openers, Pleasant Livers, X-Ray Eyes, The Dramatics, The Jaunties, The Attitude Robots, Leprechaun Catering, and many more. He has also made records with Ruins, Jac Berrocal, James Chance, Jon Rose, Michael Evans, Ron Anderson, Benb Gallaher, Mick Hobbs, Chris Cutler, Little Howlin Wolf, Yamatsuka Eye & his various pet ducks.
Max Eilbacher is a sound and video artist working with a wide variety of electronics, both sampled and synthetic. Deemed “American Midi Primitivism” by the New Yorker and “An algorithm most likely to fail” by the Village Voice.
—then—
The Red Room
, Baltimore on Wednesday 28 October at 9pm:
Event info here
PEOPLE LIKE US present Citation City
and
MATT WESTON Electro-acoustic percussionist Matt Weston performs a solo improvisation as only he can.

Citation City at Whitechapel Gallery, London

On Saturday 26 September 2015, Citation City will be performed by People Like Us as part of the Walter Benjamin Now Symposium – a daylong event at Whitechapel Gallery paying homage to Walter Benjamin who died 75 years ago on this day. The performance will be at 4.40pm.
http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/events/walter-benjamin-now/
http://www.versobooks.com/events/1163-walter-benjamin-now

programme
Walter Benjamin

Citation City at Encounters Short Film Festival

ENCOUNTERS

PEOPLE LIKE US PRESENT an evening of film:
CONCERT OF COLLAGE : CITATION CITY
and selected short collage/cut up films curated by Vicki Bennett

at WATERSHED CINEMA 3, BRISTOL
18 September 2015

21:45 – 23:45
£5 / £4.50 CONC.
2hr

Tickets: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/6803/concert-of-collage/

Join us for the performance of Citation City – a time-travelling voyage through one city, assembled from hundreds of movie clips and inspired by the wanderings of Walter Benjamin.

People Like Us’ ‘Citation City’ sources, collage and edits 300 major feature films where content is either filmed or set in London – creating a story within a story, of the film world, living its life, through extraordinary times of change, to see what happens when these multiple narratives are combined… what will the story tell us that one story alone could never tell?

http://peoplelikeus.org/citationcity

Prior to this performance we will be screening a series of clips using the art of collage selected by People Like Us, from filmmakers including Bryce Kretschmann and John Oswald.

CCCitations – a Citation City project

CCCitations is an offshoot of Citation City, an audiovisual performance by People Like Us.

Four artists, Jon Leidecker, Jason Willett, Gwilly Edmondez and Andrew Sharpley were given source material from Vicki Bennett’s Citation City a/v project and asked to make new work, interpreting the footage in a unique way.


Soundtrack: Gwilly Edmondez 00:01
Soundtrack: Jason Willett 02:47
Soundtrack: Jon Leidecker 05:23
Film: Vicki Bennett


Film and Video: Andrew Sharpley – using source material given by Vicki Bennett

About Citation City

Citation City sources, collage and edits 300 major feature films where content is either filmed or set in London – creating a story within a story, of the film world, living its life, through extraordinary times of change, to see what happens when these multiple narratives are combined… what will the story tell us that one story alone could never tell?

Inspired by The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin, this audiovisual work is created from 1000s of clippings of text and visual media, collaged using a system of “convolutes”, collated around subjects of key motifs, historical figures, social types, cultural objects from the time. By gathering and assembling such groups of similar yet unrelated, he revealed a hidden, magical encyclopaedia of affinities, a massive and labyrinthine architecture of a collective dream city. On reading Benjamin, his approach to editing astonished Vicki Bennett, and the similarity of their creative processes of cutting and collating extensive lists of subject matter by context.

In the live performance a series of story lines (convolutes) sit side by side with a soundtrack sourced both from the movie content, as well as new sample compositions thematically related to the visual content.

The result is a sweeping panorama of London, a London as represented through cinema – not the real city at all, but one that exists in the collective imagination of moviegoers throughout the decades. Filmmaker Magazine

New Print For Sale: PIANOS

Pianos print by Vicki Bennett (Feb 2015) - 10inch square

Pianos print by Vicki Bennett (Feb 2015) – 10inch square

We have a new print available for sale – it was recently created while making the a/v performance Citation City, collaging movie content of a segue from a scene of hands at a typewriter cutting across to the playing of a piano. We have sized it as such that it will fit into an IKEA frame which you can buy yourself (IKEA: RIBBA 23cmx23cm). We are selling at an affordable price (see below in US dollars), postage INCLUDED.

Pianos PRINT – UK – price including P&P: $28
Buy in UK

Pianos PRINT – EUROPE – price including P&P: $30
Buy in rest of Europe

Pianos PRINT – ELSEWHERE – price including P&P: $35
Buy in rest of world

 

Teaching / Education pack for Citation City

We’ve just made a “teaching pack” to accompany Citation City.  This is written in inverted commas because we don’t claim any formal knowledge when it comes to teaching, but it is good to share information about the creative process.  What we have done is make a document explaining the process of making this work. The pdf is intended as a companion to the audiovisual work, giving examples of the process one might undertake to create new work when sourcing from a large media database. This particular example relates to moving image and musical composition, but the methods can translate to other platforms that use composition, directing, editing, creative narratives and story telling.

Citation City education/teaching pack
PDF download: citation city teaching pack