We are very pleased to have an extensive interview with Filmmaker Magazine about Citation City and our creative process.
A film by Vicki Bennett 
Soundtracks by :
Andrew Sharpley [00:06] | Matmos [01:02] | Wobbly [05:08] | Gwilly Edmondez [07:48] | Dave Soldier [09:38] | Jason Willett [11:02] | Ergo Phizmiz [13:23]
Gwilly Edmondez, Matmos, Ergo Phizmiz, Andrew Sharpley, Dave Soldier, Jason Willett and Wobbly each composed a score for a chapter of GESTURE PIECE, without any knowledge of who else was collaborating on the project or what the rest of the film would look or sound like.
The completed film stitches back together the seven chapters with their individual soundtracks, creating new connections between apparently unrelated film sequences. The result is a fascinating and witty reinterpretation of familiar film footage, with scenes arranged in surprising and often very funny combinations.
The title of “Gesture Piece” is partly self-explanatory – within human communication it is part of our hard circuitry that for instance we use hand gestures to articulate our speech, which is essentially graphically describing/enforcing audio or spoken discourse. Even when spoken language is not present, a whole series of hand and facial gestures are available to us to communicate expressions. By making a film that both contains human gestures (hands, facial, movement) as well as gestures made by natural and mechanical occurrences we are setting up the conditions for a dialogue between the graphical elements on the films and the improvisers, both with the film as well as with each other.
Gesture Piece has a sister project, Notations – a film created for live performance by selected improvising musicians and artists. When these two projects began, they shared the same umbrella name of Gesture Piece (the live performance was tested at Tectonics Festival in Reykjavik and Tel Aviv), but as the work developed it felt natural to separate them out into different names as they became two unique and separate entities.
In the weeks leading up to the online launch of Gesture Piece, Pixel Palace’s Curator for Digital media Arts, Dominic Smith spoke to Vicki Bennett about the development of this film.
The website is dead now, so here below is a copy of the interview.
There’s a very nice feature by Colm McAuliffe in today’s Sight and Sound magazine – thanks Colm!
Radio Boredcast and AV Festival are getting some good press at the moment, here is an Interview in WIRED.
WIRED interview http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/03/slow-radio/
Pixel Palace, who co-commissioned Radio Boredcast along with AV Festival, recently interviewed Vicki to see how she is getting on with creating a one-month long radio station to compliment AV Festival 12 and the festival them As Slow As Possible.
The website is dead now, so here’s a copy of the interview.
People Like Us appear in “Invisible Jukebox” – a four-page feature in the July 2011 edition of The Wire magazine. Visit The Wire’s website here.
People Like Us have a feature in XLR8R magazine. You can see the online version here.