CITATION CITY

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Citation City is a 42 minute audiovisual performance work which sources, collages 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?

“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

A time-travelling voyage through one city, assembled from hundreds of movie clips and inspired by the wanderings of Walter Benjamin. A patchwork of over 300 features either filmed or set in London, Citation City combines multiple narratives to create the story of one city in a period of enormous change. Pieced together by audiovisual artist Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us), this beguiling, labyrinthine work takes its cue from Benjamin’s Arcades Project, an ambitious attempt to map out Paris in fragments which was cut short by the author’s death in 1940. Flatpack Film Festival

Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith in Found Footage magazine about Citation City

Interview with Peter Jaeger in filling Station Issue 63 featuring Citation City

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Andrew Sharpley – “Black Ships” on DO or DIY with People Like Us

Andrew Sharpley – “Black Ships” 
Monday 19 May 2014, 7pm
on DO or DIY with People Like Us
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/pl

Listen online live at 7pm NY Time http://wfmu.org

This broadcast is a based on a series of translations and re-translations of a text in a not-very-good telephone translation app, going backwards and forwards between Japanese and Portuguese and at each stage rendering the result into english – kind of like Chinese Whispers, except not Chinese.  Whats starts out as a tongue twister over the course of 30 re-translations (25 of which are used in the broadcast) ends up as something that sounds like a deranged terrorist, manifesto, talking of bomb blasts and prophets and visas and pain and country.

These short texts, read by my daughter Lia, are set against a backdrop of shifting electronic patterns and acoustic piano that mutates gradually over time as the texts themselves do.

The title, Black Ships (in Japanese, 黒船, kurofune, Edo Period term) was the name given to Western ships arriving in Japan in the 16th and 19th centuries.

In 1543 Portuguese initiated the first contacts, establishing a trade route linking Goa to Nagasaki. The large ships engaged in this trade had the hull painted black with pitch, and the term came to represent all western vessels. A modern day equivalent for the surprise and confusion the presence of these ships caused, would perhaps be someone in a modern city apartment trying to go to sleep with 4 big black flying saucers hovering outside their window…

With a nod of recognition to the WFMU presenter and exponent of ‘ uncreative writing’ – of which this is an example – I am dedicating it to Mr Kenneth Goldsmith.

– Andrew Sharpley, 16 May, 2014.

Radio Web MACBA in Conversation with Vicki Bennett

Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 14.33.12MEMORABILIA.  COLLECTING SOUNDS WITH… VICKI BENNETT

Vicki Bennett recently discussed the subject of music collecting with Anna Ramos of Radio Web MACBA.

Here is the conversation (also downloadable in pdf form):
http://rwm.macba.cat/en/extra/conversation_vicki_bennett/capsula

EXTRA

EXTRA compiles miscellaneous research materials generated through the activities of RWM. The section includes conversations with artists and curators, additional documentation and transcripts of programs, with the aim of offering a more complete vision of the different research lines of the RWM project.

Later in the year in October RWM will also publish a radio mix and essay by Vicki.

People Like Us Solo Show: Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City

Curated by Kenneth Goldsmith, at the Centro de Cultura Digital, in México City, 27 July-4 August 2013.

http://www.centroculturadigital.mx/es/actividad/people-like-us-muestra-individual-del-trabajo-de-vicki-bennett.html

Solo show at Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City

Solo show at Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City

Coincides with Kenneth Goldsmith‘s Printing Out The Internet show.
http://www.labor.org.mx/kenneth-goldsmith-printing-out-the-internet/

People Like Us solo show

People Like Us solo show

People Like Us solo show

People Like Us solo show

 

Radio Boredcast is now a 24/7 Radio Stream!

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People Like Us have revamped the DO or DIY radio stream, and as of Noon EDT on 3rd April 2013 it is now streaming Radio Boredcast!

Radio Boredcast is a 744-hour online radio project that celebrates all things SLOW.  And fast too, actually.  Crank it up to wind down and enjoy this selection of specially made radio shows by 100 different artists and some WFMU DJs too!

Click and listen to the 24/7 Radio Boredcast stream here.
(Download the little file linked to above – the stream works through iTunes so let your computer launch this application if prompted.  If it doesn’t launch then find the small file that you downloaded and double-click on it)

Those of you who already have the DO or DIY stream bookmarked, it will automatically switch over to the new stream for you.

Matmos: M.C. Schmidt, Drew Daniels

You can also listen to Radio Boredcast shows on demand here.
More on the history of Radio Boredcast here.

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transmediale 2013 – BWPWAP

People Like Us will perform the world premiere for “Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another)” on 31 January 2013 at transmediale 2013, Berlin.

Buy tickets

transmediale 2013 is happy to announce a preview of the participant highlights of the one festival week long Pluto day:

Alejandro Jodorowsky, Elizabeth Price, Ian Hacking, Lorraine Daston, Michael Brown, Kenneth Goldsmith, Olga Goriunova, Geert Lovink, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Dennis Adams, John Smith, Sandy Stone, Diane Torr, People Like Us, Boris Hegenbart and Felix Kubin, Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez f/ A Guy Called Gerald, Carsten Nicolai, Demdike Stare and Gatekeeper, official transmediale Miscommunication Platform OCTO w Telekommunisten and raumlaborberlin, three exhibitions under The Miseducation of Anya Major feat. Sonia Sheridan, YoHa, Kim Asendorf, Cornelia Sollfrank.

http://www.transmediale.de/content/bwpwap-program-overview

Kenny G at The White House Today

Our friend and collaborator Kenny G, aka Kenneth Goldsmith read his amazing poetry at The White House today, 11 May 2011. As well as being beautiful and engaging in its own right, Kenny’s work has been a gateway to understanding of so called “higher” forms of writing and reading to People Like Us and many other allies.

Watch and download the video archives here:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/05/11/president-obama-poets-white-house
and
http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/05/11/poetry-student-workshop-white-house
More inspiration:
Kenneth Goldsmith
And from the larger umbrella:
UbuWeb
A People Like Us & Kenny G collaboration:
Nothing Special (CD)

Induction Is A Draft Is A Gust Of Air (2009) on Vimeo.