Magical Misery Tour excerpts screening in London

Happy Halloween!
Thursday 6th Oct 6-9pm
at MAIDEN
188 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6HU

People Like Us will be showing a 15 minute edit of The Magical Misery Tour through the month of October at Maiden on Shoreditch High Street, London.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN is a month long celebration of horror and classic horror figures in popular culture. An exciting group of artists, illustrators and graphic designers have been invited by MAIDEN and EAST END PRINTS to re-imagine classic horror characters in an innocent and playful way. Artwork featuring well “loved” characters from all of our favourite scary movies will cover the walls of the basement at Shoreditch’s favourite shop MAIDEN.
Philip Sheffield/People Like Us/Bangkockney Belle/Jennifer Camilleri/Jess Wilson/Anthony Peters/Dan Kitchener/Miguel Martin/Nicole Thompson/Dale Edwin Murray
EAST END PRINTS is a part of First Thursdays.

Contact info@eastendprints.co.uk
www.eastendprints.co.uk

New HD film : The Doors of Perspection

The Doors of Perspection, 2011
Single-channel HD video
Length: 9:32
For screening enquiries use the contact form on this site

This film was originally screened as part of a solo show of the same name at Vitrine Gallery in London from July-September 2011.
http://peoplelikeus.org/2011/the-doors-of-perspection-people-like-us-exhibition

Download at UbuWeb

The work is created using a technique that expands film scenes beyond the conventional screen ratio. The finished result reveals beautiful panoramic views of the background landscapes as captured by the panning camera, effectively allowing film scenes to be seen as never before.

Vicki Bennett’s new works bear a relation to the British Vorticism movement of the early 20th Century, taking a Futurist approach to image making whilst attempting to capture dynamic movement with still images. Vicki often utilises digital technology to apply analogue techniques and for more than a decade has used rotoscoping in her short films and live audio‐visual performance to mask, cut and place objects elsewhere on screen. During her commission for The Great North Run Cultural Programme 2009 (see Parade vimeo.com/peoplelikeus/parade-2009) she developed the process for expanding film outside its frame and began work on this new series shortly after.

Print Edition by Vicki Bennett

Title: Streetwalking
Medium: C-Type Print on Matt Fuji Archive Paper
Dimensions: 914mm x 321mm
Year: 2011
Edition: 100 + 5 A/P

Title: In Retrospect
Medium: C-Type Print on Matt Fuji Archive Paper
Dimensions: 671mm x 392mm
Year: 2011
Edition: 100 + 5 A/Ps
Co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery

Streetwalking” and “In Retrospect” form part of a new series of digital collage works included in Vicki Bennett’s forthcoming exhibition at Vitrine Gallery. Bennett uses a unique technique to expand film scenes beyond their conventional screen ratio. The finished results reveal beautiful panoramic views of the background landscapes as captured by the panning camera, effectively allowing film scenes to be seen as never before.

Bearing a relation to the British Vorticism movement of the early 20th Century, Bennett takes a Futurist approach to image making, attempting to capture dynamic movement with still images. She often utilises digital technology to apply analogue techniques and for more than a decade has used rotoscoping in her short films and live audio-visual performance to mask, cut and place objects elsewhere on screen. During her commission for The Great North Run Cultural Programme 2009 she developed the process for expanding film outside its frame and began work on this new series shortly after.

More on the Vitrine Gallery solo exhibition The Doors Of Perception here:
http://peoplelikeus.org/2011/the-doors-of-perspection-people-like-us-exhibition
In Retrospect and Streetwalking are available as limited edition C-type prints. They can be purchased separately or as a pair.

In Retrospect
Price: 100GBP (unframed) including UK P&P (see note at bottom for overseas purchases)

Streetwalking
Price: 100GBP (unframed) including UK P&P (see note at bottom for overseas purchases)


Streetwalking and In Retrospect
Price: 180GBP (unframed) including UK P&P (see note at bottom for overseas purchases)

Please note: for overseas purchases please contact Modern Empire for a postage quote before paying by Paypal. mail@modernempire.co.uk

The Doors Of Perspection – Photo Documentation

Here is some documentation of “The Doors Of Perspection” a solo exhibition held at Vitrine Gallery in Bermondsey Square, London, from July to September 2011.
Prints displayed in the gallery window are still available in a very limited edition (please contact us), and two smaller prints are still available from Modern Empire, details here.

List of Works in The Doors of Perspection
Mountage [2011]
C-type print on dibond, 1242mm x 235mm
Edition of 3, + 1 A/P
Commissioned by Touch
In Retrospect [2011]
C-type print on dibond, 1097mm x 638mm
Edition of 3, 1 A/P
Commissioned by Touch
Descending [2011]
C-type print on dibond, 1307mm x 645mm
Edition of 3, + 1 A/P
Commissioned by Touch
Time and Time Again [2011]
C-type print on dibond, 932mm x 264mm
Edition of 3, + 1 A/P
Commissioned by Touch
Streetwalking [2011]
C-type print on dibond, 1628mm x 567mm
Edition of 3, + 1 A/P
Commissioned by Touch
The Doors of Perspection [2011]
Single-channel HD video, length: 9:32
Edition of 5, + 1 A/P
Perpetuum Mobile [2011]
photo-collage, 1500mm x 355mm

Streetwalking Time and Time Again and Descending

Vitrine: Streetwalking, Time and Time Again and Descending

Time and Time Again

Time and Time Again

Descending and In Retrospect

Descending and In Retrospect

Vitrine Window

Vitrine Window

Vitrine Gallery

Vitrine Gallery and Bermondsey Square

Vitrine Gallery

Vitrine Gallery

Bermondsey Square

Bermondsey Square

Perpetuum Mobile

Making Perpetuum Mobile – this is not a dibond print but made by hand with individual photographs photomounted together

Print edition, in addition to the above works

This exhibition not only features large prints for sale on site at Vitrine Gallery, but also a special print edition featured here
Streetwalking [2011]
C-Type Print on Matt Fuji Archive Paper, 914mm x 321mm
Edition of 100 + 5 A/Ps
In Retrospect [2011]
C-Type Print on Matt Fuji Archive Paper, 671mm x 392mm Year: 2011
Edition of 100 + 5 A/Ps
Co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery

Related posts:
Full info on The Doors Of Perspection
Video of preview of The Doors Of Perspection
Print edition coinciding with The Doors of Perspection

THE DOORS OF PERSPECTION – People Like Us Exhibition


Vitrine Gallery, Bermondsey Square, London
Fri 29 July – Sun 04 Sep 2011.
Daily 24‐hour. FREE.
Preview: Thursday 28 July 2011. 6‐10pm.

Vitrine Gallery presents The Doors of Perspection, an exhibition of new digital collage works by Vicki Bennett. The works are created using a unique technique developed by Bennett to expand film scenes beyond their conventional screen ratio. The finished results reveal beautiful panoramic views of the background landscapes as captured by the panning camera, effectively allowing film scenes to be seen as never before.

Bennett’s new works bear a relation to the British Vorticism movement of the early 20th Century, taking a Futurist approach to image making whilst attempting to capture dynamic movement with still images. Bennett often utilises digital technology to apply analogue techniques and for more than a decade has used rotoscoping in her short films and live audio‐visual performance to mask, cut and place objects elsewhere on screen. During her commission for The Great North Run Cultural Programme 2009 she developed the process for expanding film outside its frame and began work on this new series shortly after.

This exhibition not only features large prints for sale on site at Vitrine Gallery, but also a special print edition featured here:
http://peoplelikeus.org/2011/print-edition-by-vicki-bennett/

Title: Streetwalking
Medium: C-Type Print on Matt Fuji Archive Paper
Dimensions: 914mm x 321mm
Year: 2011
Edition: 100 + 5 A/Ps

Title: In Retrospect
Medium: C-Type Print on Matt Fuji Archive Paper
Dimensions: 671mm x 392mm
Year: 2011
Edition: 100 + 5 A/Ps

Co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery
Bennett is renowned for her audio‐visual collage, successfully releasing albums and touring her live performances under the name People Like Us since the early 1990s. Her Surrealist approach to creating moving image work involves subverting elements of found footage in order to create new meanings and connections. This is reflected in the titles of her works, albums and exhibitions, where letters slip around and one slight twist can create an absurd change of meaning.

The Doors of Perspection is curated by Iain Pate. The exhibition is commissioned by Touch.

Since 1991, British artist Vicki Bennett has been an influential figure in the field of audio‐visual collage, through her innovative sampling, appropriating and cutting up of found footage and archives. Using collage as her main form of expression, she creates audio recordings, films and radio shows that communicate a humorous, dark and often surreal view on life. These collages mix, manipulate and rework original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film, television and radio. People Like Us believe in open access to archives for creative use, and have made work using footage from the Prelinger Archives, The Internet Archive, and A/V Geeks. 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, Barbican, Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre 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.

People Like Us are currently touring their live audio‐visual set ‘Genre Collage’ and a new album, ‘Welcome Abroad’ was released on Illegal Art in May 2011.

Preview Event: Thursday 28 July 2011. 6‐10pm. Shortwave Cinema, Bermondsey Square. FREE.

A collection of short films by Vicki Bennett/People Like Us ‐ including Excerpts from “Genre Collage” ‐ will be screened on loop throughout the evening, with an introduction by the artist at 7pm. There will also be musical accompaniment provided by Osymyso and Mainwaring & Jurgensen in the bar.

Full list of films being screened at the Preview Event ONLY:
“Burning” [1999]
“Discovering Electronic Music” [1999]
“Music Of Your Own” [1999]
“We Edit Life” [2002]
“Nothing” [2003]
“The Remote Controller” [2003]
“Resemblage” [2004]
“Story Without End” [2005]
“Trying Things Out” [2007]
“Live Excerpts” [2002-2007]
“Work, Rest & Play” [2007]
“Skew Gardens” [2008]
“Parade” [2009]
“Mull of Kintyre” (with Ergo Phizmiz) [2010]
Excerpts from “Genre Collage” [2009/10]
“The Keystone Cut Ups” (with Ergo Phizmiz) [2010]
“2’00” The Movie” [2011]

Press Enquiries: Alys Williams VITRINE GALLERY alys@vitrinegallery.co.uk – 07988239300
Press Release in pdf form

VITRINE GALLERY Bermondsey Square, London SE1 3UN (tube: London Bridge) www.vitrinegallery.co.uk ‐ info at vitrinegallery.co.uk

Review: http://www.frontrowreviews.co.uk/news/vicki-bennett-the-doors-of-perspection-preview-report/9758
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/the-doors-of-perspection–picture-preview-2328362.html

People Like Us – Exhibited at Maxxi in Rome

People Like Us are currently exhibiting at Maxxi gallery in Rome. It includes a 20 minute screening of a previous People Like Us live a/v set entitled “Live Excerpts“, and also in the gallery space there is a monitor showing/airing People Like Us downloads from UbuWeb, and the video “The Sound of the End of Music“.
The exhibition is called Expanded Video.

EXPANDED VIDEO
21 April – 5 June 2011
curated by Anne Palopoli and Oscar Pizzo

Expanded Video presents an Italian preview of a number of video works and live performances by Jacob TV, Masbedo, Martha Colburn and People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett). 
Organized in collaboration with the Music for Rome Foundation, the series arises from the confrontation and interaction between different forms of creativity that define a common idiom in which listening and seeing become analogous and equivalent episodes. 
The works of the selected artists, in which the diverse idioms fuse and integrate perfectly, are linked by a shared emancipation from the ties and conventions of the individual media. Sound becomes narration and the image dissolves in an ever-different rhythm.




EXHIBITING:
MAXXI, Gallery 5

Masbedo

Theorem of incompletion, 2008
5’38” – Music by Lagash, Borgar Magnason – editing Giuseppe Domingo Romano for Except s.r.l. – courtesy Noire Contemporary Art
Masbedo’s work stages the difficulties underlying the relationship between man and woman and the consequent destruction of intimacy: pieces of glass abandoned on a table in a desolate Icelandic landscape are destroyed by shouts and gunfire. Filmed in Iceland, a location in which the limits are tangible, the work tackles the theme of the conditioning to which man is subjected in contemporary society.

Jacob TV
THE NEWS, a reality opera, 2011 in progress
17′ circa – Jan Boiten, videos, scenography; Kristen Kerstens, videos – Courtesy Jacob TV
The News is the latest work by the Dutch musician that will be presented at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in 2012. At MAXXI Jacob Tv presents a preview of a selection from this opera in which images taken from the media are deconstructed and reconstructed with a syncopated rhythm.

Martha Colburn
Dolls VS Dictators, 2010
11′ – Musica/music composed by Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof) and foley sound by Michael Evans – courtesy Martha Colburn
In this video Martha Colburn stages the killing of a number of dictators from history. Thanks to the stop-motion technique, dolls and puppets traverse a fantastic landscape causing the spectator to fall into a surreal world in which the laws that inform reality are overturned.

Cosmetic Emergency, 2005
8′ – Musica/Music Jad Fair, Mick Hobbs, Hilary Jeffery, Coco Solid – courtesy Martha Colburn
Cosmetic Emergency focuses on contemporary society’s obsession with appearance. The idea of beauty is analysed through the presentation of images taken from current affairs and old films, paintings and documentaries. In a collage of sounds and representations the video investigates the motivations that push contemporary society in this direction.

People Like Us/Vicki Bennett

Live Excerpts, 2002-2007
16’27” – courtesy Vicki Bennett
People like us assembles scenes and sound familiar to us from films, documentaries and archive images in a sequence the breaks up the linear cinematographic narration. This work brings together five live tracks of significance from the British musician’s output.

The programme also included a live performance of Genre Collage at Auditorium of Rome.
24 May, 21.00
People Like Us – GENRE COLLAGE
Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Teatro Studio


Download more info:
Maxxi website 1
Maxxi website 2
Expanded Video exhibition info pdf
About Genre Collage
About Genre Collage 2

This Is Light Music LP now available for download

This was originally issued as an LP boxset in an edition of 250 as part of the Prints of Darkness exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers. This exhibition is still touring and LPs can be purchased from Edinburgh Printmakers.

http://www.edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk/
Download the essay by Vicki Bennett (pdf)
Information here on purchasing a print (pdf)

People Like Us illuminates this dark visual ride with ‘This Is Light Music’, an exclusive full-length picture-disc album in a limited edition of only 250. This record is available as part of a lavish limited edition boxed-set publication which houses the record and a pull-out poster in a gatefold sleeve, and includes essays by People Like Us and co-curator Norman Shaw. This publication is on sale throughout the exhibition, together with specially commissioned t-shirts and badges by the participating artists.

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New work in La Scatola Gallery, London

‘Modern Empire’ at La Scatola Gallery
24.05.2011 – 04.06.2011

La Scatola is pleased to present “Modern Empire” a group show with artists
Vicki Bennett, Charlotte Bracegirdle, Alec Finlay, Sandy Grant, Susie Green,
Russell Maurice and Inken Reinert



Modern Empire commissions and produces print editions by emerging and established artists.

Modern Empire’s first public exhibition, at La Scatola, includes original drawings, paintings, collage, photography, and sculpture, illustrating the broad range of practice among the artists they work with. The show celebrates the launch of new print editions by Sandy Grant, Russell Maurice and Inken Reinert.

For some of the artists the process of creating a print is a complete departure from their regular artistic output, providing new techniques and tools to explore in order to express artistic ideas. For others, printmaking is already an existing aspect of their output and the opportunity is one in which the relationship to a print publisher creates a new context to develop an idea.

Modern Empire fosters a close relationship between the artist and an established print workshop or technician. The results are affordable, limited editions prints, which are available to purchase through Modern Empire online.

PRIVATE VIEW
Tuesday 24.05.2011 – from 6 to 9PM

Further information about the artists and editions at www.modernempire.co.uk

La Scatola Gallery, 1 Snowden Street, London EC2A 2DQ (Entrance through corner of Worship St with Appold St)