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.
To date, People Like Us/Vicki has had 5 solo exhibitions and participated in 19 group shows at MAXXI (Rome), HMKV (Dortmund), Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico), Hatton Gallery (Newcastle), Vitrine (London), alt.gallery (Newcastle), Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery (NY), Peacock Visual Arts (Aberdeen), Pallant House (Chichester), Engramme (Quebec), La Scatola Gallery (London), Changing Room (Stirling), Franklin Street Works (Connecticut), Usurp Gallery (London), University of Greenwich Galleries, Matthew Gallery (Dundee), Edinburgh Printmakers, Millennium Gallery (Sheffield) Leeds College of Art and Sunbeam Studios (London).
Also featured in Sounds Like Silence – 4’33’’ Silence Today (Spectre Books 2012), The Journal of Writing In Creative Practice (Vol 7 Issue 1 2015), The Fundamentals of Sonic Art and Design by Tony Gibbs (Ava Publishing 2007), Cutting Across Media by Kembrew McLeod (Duke University Press 2011), Here To Go – Art, Counter-Culture and the Esoteric (Forum Nidrosiae 2014), Incredible Machines by Danny Snelson (avant 2014), and writing for The Wire’s Collateral Damage (February 2012).
For gallery concerts and festival film screenings please also see Selected Performances and Screenings
February-March 2014 – Solo exhibition “Shutter” at Leeds College of Art
July 2013 – Solo exhibition at Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico curated by Kenneth Goldsmith (UbuWeb) as part of his Printing The Internet show
July-September 2011 – Solo exhibition “The Doors of Perspection” at Vitrine Gallery, London
July 2011 – Print edition co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery
May-July 2008 – People Like Us Retrospective – alt.gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
January 2016 – Exhibition “Cut-Up” at Franklin Street Works, Stamford, Connecticut, US
August 2015 – Exhibition of We Are Not Amused at Usurp Zone5 Festival, London
March 2015 – Screening of 4’33” and Notations at group exhibition Drawing Towards Sound, University of Greenwich Galleries, London
June 2014 – Exhibition of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sheffield Doc/Fest at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
April 2013-June 2013 Modern Empire Print Editions and Works on Paper. Works by Vicki Bennett, Charlotte Bracegirdle, Alec Finlay, Diego Mena, Inken Reinert, and Kelly Richardson. Sunbeam Studios, 79 Barlby Road, Ladbroke Hall, London, W10 6AZ. Mon – Fri 10am to 6pm
August 2012-June 2013 – 2 pieces in SOUNDS LIKE SILENCE Cage – 4’33” – Silence 1912 – 1952 to 2012 – HMKV, Dortmund
April-June 2012 – Radio Boredcast (Vicki’s DO or DIY shows) featured in Transmittal exhibition, Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery, Catskill, USA
Summer 2012 – Prints of Darkness at Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland
March-June 2012 – part of Vitrine exhibition at Leeds College of Art
Spring 2012 – Prints of Darkness purchased for Pallant House Collection, Chichester for inclusion in their collection in 2012
November-December 2011 – Prints of Darkness at Engramme, Quebec, Canada
May-June 2011 – Modern Empire at La Scatola Gallery
May-June 2011 – Prints of Darkness at The Changing Room, Stirling
May 2011 – “Expanded Video” exhibition, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
November-December 2010 – Prints of Darkness at Matthew Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee
July-Sept 2010 – Prints of Darkness, Edinburgh Printmakers
July-Oct 2010 – In The Long Run: 30 Years of Great Running – Great North Museum: Hancock Newcastle Upon Tyne
September-November 2009 – “Hit The Ground” at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne
May 2007 – 3-screen video installation Work, Rest & Play at Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
14 February – 7 March 2014 (Preview 13 February 5-7pm)
Leeds College of Art Blenheim Walk, Leeds, UK
Shutter is a new audio-visual exhibition by film and sound collagist Vicki Bennett that enables us to peer into a parallel cinematic world that exists between the edits, when we are not looking at the screen. http://www.leeds-artexhibitions.co.uk/?p=1180
The exhibition consists of three a/v video works (one projected and two on video monitors) and nine prints. There is also an edition of 20 of two of these prints.
“The Big Sleep”  Video (19 mins, 12 secs)
Sleep deficient actors drift in and out of consciousness.
“Blink”  Video (1 hour, 35 mins, 39 secs)
Every frame missed while watching A Nightmare on Elm Street.
“Dreaming”  Video (4 mins, 16 secs)
VICKI BENNETT “SHUTTER”
“Shutter” is a new audio-visual exhibition that enables us to peer into a parallel cinematic world that exists between the edits, when we are not looking at the screen.
Actors aren’t seen to rest a lot in films, considering people on average sleep 8 hours a day. More often than not, feature films contain a stream of attention-grabbing imagery and noise, and if the mood does slow down there is still dialogue, music and other distractions.
In feature films we don’t see the real-time flow of everyday life, we don’t see the actors queuing, watching TV, reading a book, sleeping. Nor do we witness the mundane – we see the James Bond car chase but no stopping off to eat a panini. Reality can be brought back into film by revealing actors in their normal, uneventful moments. Actors need to sleep as well. Where do they go after a film has ended? What do we miss when we blink while watching a movie? What is it really like on the other side of the screen? This exhibition addresses these subjects and attempts to take us to these places.
2 editions of 20 (below) – purchase from our shop
Since 1991 Vicki Bennett has been working across the field of audio-visual collage, and is recognized as an influential and pioneering figure in the still growing area of sampling, appropriation and cutting up of found footage and archives. Working under the name People Like Us, Vicki specialises in the manipulation and reworking of original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film and radio.
People Like Us have previously shown work at Tate Modern, The Barbican, Centro de Cultura Digital, Maxxi and Sonar, and performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. In 2006 Vicki was the first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive. 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. http://peoplelikeus.org/category/biography/