Selected Performances and Screenings

People Like Us/Vicki has performed and been screened at hundreds of venues (Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, the National Film Theatre/BFI, Purcell Room, Barbican, ICA, V&A., BBC Proms, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Sonar (Barcelona), MAXXI/National Museum of XXI Century Arts (Rome), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Centro de Cultura Digital (Mexico City)) and radio stations – created radioworks for John Peel and Mixing it (BBC Radio) and WDR (Germany), and since 2003 has a radio show on WFMU(.org). Vicki’s work has been archived on UbuWeb since 2003, with hundreds of thousands of downloads.

November 2018 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Brighton Cinecity at Fabrica
November 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Oslo
November 2018
 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Spill Festival, Ipswich UK (double bill with CarterTutti)
October 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Berlin HKW “100 Years of Copyright” Festival
October 2018 – “The Horror!!” at Horse Hospital, London
October 2018
– “25 Years of People Like Us” new a/v performance, Oviedo, Spain
October 2018 – “The Mirror” and others (theatrical screening) at Spectacle Cinema, Brooklyn
July 2018
 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, MACBA Barcelona
July 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Gijón Arenas Movedizas 
July 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Cafe Oto, London (double bill with Carl Stone)
May 2018 
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Splice Festival, Rich Mix, London
April 2018
 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham
April 2018
 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Cafe Oto, London
April 2018 
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance, Belfast Film Festival, Crescent Arts Centre
April 2018
– “The Mirror” new a/v performance UK Premiere, Greek Film Archive, Athens
April 2018 – “The Mirror” new a/v performance Premiere, FACT, Liverpool
April 2018
– Consequences (One Thing Leads to Another) as a special edition stand alone edit for Other Cinema, San Francisco (April 7)
March 2018
– “Best of PLU” Sounds Like This Festival, Leeds (accompanied by solo exhibition)
October 2017
– World Premiere Screening of Gone, Gone Beyond – 360 surround movies at Recombinant Festival, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco
October 2017
– Screening of various films at Test Dept’s Assembly of Disturbance Festival at Red Gallery, London
October 2017
– Screening of 20 minute artist edit of Citation City at Other Cinema, San Francisco
September 2017
– Concert of selection of previous works at Brighton Digital Festival at Attenborough Centre for the Arts, Brighton Falmer
May 2017 
– week of performances/screenings for school children, Oslo
March 2017 
– Citation City at Hull UK City of Culture (ReROOTed)
February 2017 
– Selection of previous works at Cafe Oto
December 2016
– Shopping from Citation City at Other Cinema, San Francisco
November 2016 – Citation City at Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland
October 2016
– Magic (from Magical Misery Tour) and Magic (with Ergo Phizmiz) at Magic Late at the Horniman Museum, London
October 2016 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn
July 2016 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Norberg Festival
June 2016 Optimized! Radio Residency at WFMU
May 2016 – Citation City at Delco Festival, Nimes
April 2016
– Citation City at Sonic Protest, Paris April 2016 – We Are Not Amused screening at Apordoc, Lisbon April 2016No One Is An Island broadcast on WDR, Germany March 2016 – Screening of the new Matmos video made by People Like Us at Other Cinema, San Francisco (March 5)
February 2016
 – Friday Late at V&A, London
November 2015
– improvisation at Cafe Oto with M.C.Schmidt and Jennifer Walshe
November 2015
Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Fylkingen, Stockholm
November 2015
– Citation City at Brighton Cinecity Festival
November 2015 – Nothing Can Turn Into A Void at Brighton Cinecity Festival
October 2015
– Work, Rest & Play at Curtocircuito. Santiago de Compostela Film Festival-Santiago de Compostela
October 2015
CCCitations at Other Cinema, San Francisco
September 2015
– Citation City at Walter Benjamin Now, Whitechapel Gallery, London
September 2015 
– Citation City at Encounters Short Film Festival Bristol UK
August 2015
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Usurp Zone5 Film Festival, London
April 2015 
– Citation City at SMUP in Parede, PortugalMarch 2015 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 2015
– Screening of 4’33” and Notations at group exhibition Drawing Towards Sound, University of Greenwich Galleries, London
March 2015
– UK Premiere of Citation City at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham
March 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at She Makes Noise Festival, Madrid
March 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at Other Cinema, San Francisco
January 2015
– Screening of The Big Sleep at Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart
January 2015 
– Citation City world premiere at transmediale
January 2015
– People Like Us & Gwilly Edmondez live improv, Amersham Arms, London
December 2014
– Citation City preview at Cafe Oto London
November 2014 – January 2015
– The Golem at Kunsthall Stavanger
November 2014
 – Movement – Sound – Space Festival, Ostrava, CZ – Plato (Gong) Ostrava – Tribute to WS Burroughs (1914 – 1997)
November 2014
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Other Cinema, San Francisco
October 2014
– Magical Misery Tour at Gleam Festival, University of Glasgow
October 2014
– Work Rest and Play at Syndicat Mixte Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
October 2014 – Notations and Consequences at In Mute Festival, Athens – Onassis Cultural Centre
September 2014 – Notations at High Zero, Baltimore
September 2014
– Notations and Consequences at Monty Hall, WFMU, NJ
August 2014
 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Sao Paulo 25th International Short Film Festival
August 2014 – Screening of Gesture Piece at the International Program at Seoul International NewMedia Festival in August
August 2014 – Screening of The Sound of the End of Music at Stockholm Music and Arts Festival curated by David Risley Gallery
June 2014 – Screening of Skew Gardens at Gracelands, Dublin
June 2014Exhibition of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sheffield Doc/Fest 
May 2014 – Screening of We Are Not Amused at Oberhausen Film Festival, London, entered for the International Film Category competition
May 2014
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Hörbar, Hamburg
May 2014
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) and artist talk at Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre Here To Go Symposium, MetaMorf
March 2014 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at L’Embobineuse, Marseille, France
November 2013 
– Screening of We Are Not Amused at Underwire Festival, London
November 2013
– Screening of We Are Not Amused and The Golem – An Inanimate Matter at Bradford Animation Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sound of Stockholm Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Manchester Kraak
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Leeds Hyde Park Picture House as part of Leeds International Film Festival
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at London Cafe Oto
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Bristol Arnolfini
November 2013 – Tusk/Sound and Music UK tour of NOTATIONS – Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, London and Bristol (see venues above)
Performers: Bill Orcutt, Rhodri Davies, Mark Sanders, M.C. Schmidt, Wobbly, Jennifer Walshe, Tomomi Adachi, Jaap Blonk, Philip Jeck, Steve Noble – support from Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another)
November 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Sound of Stockholm Festival
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Lab Festival, Augsburg
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Newcastle Star & Shadow
October 2013 – Screening of Gesture Piece at Other Cinema, San Francisco
October 2013 – Screening of Gesture Piece at High Zero Festival, Baltimore
October 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at lab.30 Festival, Augsburg
August 2013 – Artist talk at Liverpool Biennale
June 2013 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Only Connect Festival, Oslo
May 2013
 – Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Nuits Sonores Festival, Lyon
May 2013 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Colchester Arts Centre
April 2013 
– Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another)Tectonics Festival, Reykjavik
February 2013 
Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Play Festival, Madrid
January 2013 
– Premiere of Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another) at Transmediale, Berlin
December 2012 – Work Rest & Play at Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo
November 2012 – 4’33” The Movie at Exground Filmfest, Wiesbaden
November 2012 – Clean Your Room at Filmladen Kassel e.V, Kassel
October 2012
 – Clean Your Room at Impakt, Utrecht
September 2012 – Genre Collage at CitySonic, Brussels
August 2012-June 2013 – Cage Silenced and 4’33” The Movie in SOUNDS LIKE SILENCE Cage – 4’33” – Silence 1912 – 1952 to 2012 – HMKV, Dortmund
August 2012 – BBC Proms 47, John Cage – Royal Albert Hall, performing “Branches” and “Improvisations III”
Summer 2012 – Prints of Darkness tours to Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland
July 2012
 – Magical Misery Tour at Latitude Festival
June 2012 – Magical Misery Tour at Belfast Film Festival
May 2012 – Trying Things Out, Story Without End and Resemblage at Musee d’Art Moderne et Contemporain-Strasbourg 
May 2012
 – Magical Misery Tour in Madrid at Caixaforum
April 2012 – The Sound of the End of Music at Image Forum Festival, Tokyo
Spring 2012 – Prints of Darkness purchased for Pallant House Collection, Chichester for inclusion in their collection in 2012
January 2012 – Screening of The Sound of the End of Music, Transmediale, Berlin
December 2011 – Screening of Magic, Kineteca, Madrid
November-December 2011 – Prints of Darkness tours to Engramme, Quebec, Canada
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Cinecity, Brighton Film Festival, UK
November 2011 – Screening The Sound of the End of Music at Filmladen Kassel e.V., Kassel
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Bristol Encounters International Film Festival
November 2011 – Magical Misery Tour at Cork Film Festival
October 2011 – Speaking at RadioVision conference, NYC
October 2011 – Screenings of Skew Gardens and Trying Things Out at Merge Festival, Bankside, London
October 2011 – Genre Collage at Almost Cinema, Gent Film Festival, Belgium
September 2011 – New live set “Horror Collage” premiered at The Sound Of Fear at London’s South Bank Centre.
July-September 2011 – Solo exhibition “The Doors of Perspection” at Vitrine Gallery, London
August 2011 – Skew Gardens, The Keystone Cut Ups and The Sound of the End of Music at Mitternachtskino – Frankfurt am Main
July 2011 – Print edition co-published by Modern Empire and Vitrine Gallery
May-June 2011 – Modern Empire at La Scatola Gallery
May-June 2011 – Prints of Darkness tours to The Changing Room, Stirling (12 May-25th June 2011)
May 2011 – Genre Collage at Auditorium of Rome
May 2011 – “Live Excerpts” at “Expanded Video” exhibition, MAXXI, Italy
April 2011 – More Soup and Tart at The Barbican, London
April 2011 – Genre Collage at Open Ears Festival, Kitchener Ontario
April 2011 – film screenings at Satellite Vitrine Gallery, The Hospital Club, London
March 2011 – The Keystone Cut Ups at Flatpack Festival, Birmingham, UK
March 2011 – Genre Collage and multiple film screenings at Ambulante, Mexico
January 2011 – Genre Collage at Art’s Birthday Party, Swedish Radio, Stockholm
November-December 2010 – Prints of Darkness tours to Matthew Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee
November 2010 – Genre Collage at The British Film Festival, Ukraine
October 2010 – Supersonic Festival, Birmingham
September 2010 – Press Play Film Festival, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
September 2010 – Berwick Film And Media Arts Festival – premiere of The Keystone Cut Ups with Ergo Phizmiz 
August 2010 – Skew Gardens at Lincoln Center, New York as part of UbuWeb evening
August 2010 – Genre Collage at Vintage Goodwood
August 2010 – Genre Collage in the Ukraine presented by Forma and the British Council 
July-Sept 2010 – Prints of Darkness, Edinburgh Printmakers – group exhibition – pic disc LP and print by Vicki Bennett
July 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Bristol Arnolfini in conjunction with Encounters Film Festival
July-Oct 2010 – In The Long Run: 30 Years of Great Running – Great North Museum: Hancock – “Parade” as part of group exhibition
June 2010 – “Genre Collage” at De La Warr Pavilion
May 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Liverpool Sound City, in conjunction with Sound and Music
May 2010 – “Genre Collage” at Musraramix Festival – Jerusalem, Israel
April 2010 – Baltimore Transmodern screening 2010
April 2010 – Issue Project Room, Brooklyn
March 2010 – AV Festival, Newcastle
December 2009 – BFI Southbank, London
December 2009 – Grand Café Zum Rothen Krebsen (IFEK Institut für erweiterte Kunst), Linz, Austria
November 2009 – Night of the Long Worms, Cafe OTO, London
November 2009 – NEW NEW! 2009 – Fleda, Brno, Czech Republic
October 2009 – WFMU Record Fair, NYC
October 2009 – Vancouver New Music Festival
August 2009 – Cafe OTO, London (live with Ergo Phizmiz)
September-November 2009 – Parade (film and two photo works at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle as part of “Hit The Ground”
May 2009– Sonic Recycler, London (screening Skew Gardens)
May 2009 – Vienna Independent Shorts (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – sound:frame Festival (screening We Edit Life)
April 2009 – Indielisboa, Lisbon (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – Glimmer Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
April 2009 – Migrating Forms Festival (NYUFF), New York (screening Work, Rest & Play)
March 2009 – Zemos98, Seville
February 2009 – Rotterdam Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
January 2009 – Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (screening Work, Rest & Play)
December-May 2008/9 – Fundacio la Caixa Gallery (screening 3 works)
November 2008 – SPNM hosted concert at Kings Place, Kings Cross, London
November 2008 – Invideo, Milan (screening Work, Rest & Play)
October 2008 – Cork Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
September 2008 – Experimental Film Video Festival, Seoul (screening Work, Rest & Play)
June 2008 – Sonar, CCCB Barcelona (screening Work, Rest & Play)
May-July 2008 – People Like Us Retrospective Solo Exhibition – alt.gallery, Newcastle, UK
May 2008 – live solo concert, reinterpreting the works of Daphne Oram (BBC Radiophonic Workshop)
March 2008 – Screening of Skew Gardens at Curzon, Soho, London
March 2008 – Sightsonic, York International Festival of Digital Arts – National Centre For Early Music – solo and joint A/V concert with artist Ergo Phizmiz
January 2008 – London Short Film Festival (screening Work, Rest & Play)
November 2007 – Live soundtrack to Christian Marclay’s Screen Play, as part of the Wire 25 anniversary series, London
October 2007 – Touch live event, Balham, London
June 2007 – Bilbao Copy Your Idols conference
May 2007 – 3 Screen video premiere of Work, Rest & Play at Millennium Galleries, Lovebytes International Festival of Digital Media, Sheffield
February 2007 – Session for Mixing It, BBC Radio 3
November 2006 – Encounters 12th Annual International Short Film Festival, Bristol (screening of Story Without End)
November 2006 – La Casa Encendida, Madrid (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2006 – Fundacio La Caixa. Mediateca, Barcelona (screening of Story Without End)
October 2006 – La Blanche Nuit, Paris (screening of Story Without End)
September 2006 – Exis Experimental Film and Video Festival, Seoul, Korea (screening of Story Without End)
July 2006 – Miguel Dias Vila Do Conde ISFF, Portugal (screening of Story Without End)
June 2006 – Sonar Cinema, CCCB Barcelona (screening of Story Without End)
June 2006 – BOOTS – Live collaboration with Ergo Phizmiz – info here
May 2006 – European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck (screening of Story Without End)
April 2006 – Britspotting, Berlin (screening of Story Without End)
April 2006 – Porto at Casa Da Musica, Porto
March 2006 – Photographers’ Gallery, London (screening of Story Without End)
March 2006 – Visual Arts Ipswich, Ipswich (screening of Story Without End) February 2006 – Club Transmediale, Berlin (screening of Story Without End)
January 2006 – Le Cube, Paris
January 2006 – Flatpack Festival, Birmingham
November 2005 – Other Cinema, San Francisco
November 2005 – UC Davis, Davis, California
November 2005 – Performance at Leeds International Film Festival
October 2005 – Nulle Part Ailleurs Production (screening of We Edit Life)
October 2005 – Experimentaclub in Madrid 
September 2005 – Etrange Festival at Forum Des Images, Paris
July 2005 – Optronica at The National Film Theatre, London
June 2005 – Mission Creek Music Festival, California
April 2005 – Britspotting, Berlin (screening of The Remote Controller)
April 2005 – Femme Totale, Dortmund (screening of The Remote Controller)
February 2005 – AHRB Centre for British Film and Television, London (screening of We Edit Life and The Remote Controller)
February 2005 – Cinilingus, Belfast (screening of We Edit Life)
January 2005 – Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Stuttgart (screening of The Remote Controller)
December 2004 – Live concert as part of Christian Marclay’s Sounds of Christmas installation at the Tate Modern, London
November 2004 – Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – Tromsø Kunstforening (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – Festival International du Film Independant (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2004 – INVIDEO, Milano (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2004 – Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds (screening of The Remote Controller and We Edit Life)
October 2004 – Backup Festival, Weimar (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2004 – Bath Michael Tippett Centre
September 2004 – Seoul New and Film Festival – Seoul (screening of The Remote Controller)
September 2004 – Barcelona LEM Festival
August 2004 – Chicago Underground Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
August 2004 – Oslo Studio 04 Festival
June 2004 – The Music Hall, Shrewsbury (screening of We Edit Life)
May 2004 – BBC Radio 3 – Mixing It – Live Session/broadcast
April 2004 – Toronto Images Festival 
March 2004 – Virginia Film Festival 
March 2004 – New York Underground Film Festival
February 2004 – First Anniversary of 2003 FACT, Liverpool
January 2004 – Hanger, Barcelona (screening of The Remote Controller)
January 2004 – Rotterdam Film Festival (screening of The Remote Controller)
November 2003 – Work, Work, Work at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, as part of Matmos’s artist installation
November 2003 – Sample Culture Now at The Tate Modern
October 2003 – Oslo S-, Oslo (screening of The Remote Controller)
October 2003 – Wheels Instead of Hooves, Newcastle (screening of We Edit Life)
October 2003 – City of Women, International Festival of Contemporary Arts Ljubljana, Slovenia
October 2003 – Dissonanze Festival of Electronic Music and Digital Art, at MACROl, Rome
September 2003 – Kino Central, Berlin (screening of The Remote Controller)
September 2003 – The Pompidou Centre, Paris
July 2003 – The ICA, London – screenings of The Remote Controller and We Edit Life as part of their Radical Entertainment season
June 2003 – Le Fresnoy, Studio National Des Arts Contemporains, France
April 2003 – Live performance as part of Cut & Splice (Sonic Arts Network), ICA, London
March 2003 – POL, Frankfurt
February 2003 – Club Transmediale, Berlin at “Maria am Ostbahnhof”
January 2003 – Session for John Peel, for BBC Radio 1
November 2002 – Avanto Festival at Kiasma Centre, Helsinki, Finland
September 2002 – Sound Unseen Festival at The Walker Center, Minneapolis, USA
June 2002 – South Bank’s Meltdown Festival, Queen Elisabeth Hall, London – video commission for Baby Zizanie
May 2002 – Southbank Centre ETHER Festival, Purcell Room, London 
December 2001 – Dysfunktional Beats at 93ft East, London
November 2001 – Laptops Live at the ICA, London
November 2001 – Futuresonic, Manchester
October 2001 – Sydney Opera House, Australia as part of This Is Not Art Festival
June 2001 – London Musicians Collective’s Tenth Annual Festival, Purcell Room, London
June 2001 – Sonar Festival, Barcelona – live collaboration with Matmos (US)
May 2001 – Catalyst/Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Belfast
April 2001 – EMAF, Osnabreuck
March 2001 – Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield
March 2001 – Dingwalls, London in association with Mixing It, BBC Radio 3
February 2001 – London Lux Cinema in association with The Wire magazine
December 2000– Bristol Cube Cinema, in association with The Wire magazine
December 2000– Lisbon Numero Festival in association with Warp Records of London
November 2000– Burning Bush, Dundee Contemporary Arts
October 2000 – Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM)
May 2000 – Brooklyn Experimental Music Festival, NYC
April 2000 – Komedia, Brighton
June 2000 – TransEuropa 2000, Hildesheim
March 2000 – Exit Festival, Creteil
June 2000 – Sonar 2000, Barcelona
February 2000 – Brussels 2000, European City of Culture Festival
January 2000 – Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) event
October 1999 – Fylkingen, Stockholm
October 1999 – Nottingham Expo Festival
September – Ars Electronica, Linz
August 1999 – Festival of the Regions, Enns
September 1996 – Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF)

Citation City World Premiere @transmediale Berlin 2015

The a/v performance “Citation City” that we have been working on for the past 10 months is now finished! It will premiere at transmediale, Berlin http://peoplelikeus.org/citationcity

CITATION CITY World Premiere, transmediale Berlin
Thursday 29 January from 9pm
Performance at Auditorium, HKW
Part of a double bill with a live network data performance “Pirate Cinema” by Nicolas Maigret and Brendan Howell.

Tickets: http://www.transmediale.de/content/the-pirate-cinema-and-citation-city

Background on Citation City at http://peoplelikeus.org/citationcity

Citation-City-Dictionary

Video of M.C. Schmidt, Jason Willett & People Like Us at Monty Hall

This is the rehearsal for our Notations performance at WFMU’s Monty Hall in Jersey City on 13 Sept 2014.

Thank you Martin and Jason for one of the best versions of Notations yet. And thank you WFMU for being the best place to play in the world.

More about Notations here: peoplelikeus.org/2013/notations/

(video edited on the Bolt Bus)

NOTATIONS at Cafe Oto and Arnolfini tonight/tomorrow!

Notations UK Tour is going very well, and the last two dates are performed on Friday 29th November 2013 at London’s Cafe Oto with Philip Jeck and Jaap Blonk as the performing improvisers, then on Saturday 30th November at Bristol Arnolfini they are joined by Steve Noble.  Support by People Like Us for both dates.

Tickets are selling well so we recommend buying in advance.

Nov 29 – LONDON
JAAP BLONK / PHILIP JECK
& PEOPLE LIKE US “CONSEQUENCES (ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER)”
Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL
8pm  £8/10
cafeoto.co.uk
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Nov 30 – BRISTOL
JAAP BLONK / PHILIP JECK / STEVE NOBLE
& PEOPLE LIKE US “CONSEQUENCES (ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER)”
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA
7.30pm  £8/6
arnolfini.org.uk

More about Notations: http://peoplelikeus.org/2013/notations/

For those unable to make it to these concerts… we are planning more for next year, each time with a different set of performers, and outside of the UK also.  We are also gathering then editing little travelogues for each performance – look here for videos labelled “Notations”. https://vimeo.com/peoplelikeus/videos

Newcastle NOTATIONS – video excerpts

Thanks to all who came to Newcastle NOTATIONS on Halloween, here’s a small excerpt of the evening performed by Rhodri Davies, Mark Sanders & Bill Orcutt.  Thanks to Tusk Music and Sound & Music!

Notations Live at The Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle UK 31/10/2013

Next stop Manchester on 14 November with M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Wobbly & Jennifer Walshe.  peoplelikeus.org/2013/notations-tour/

This one below is recorded direct from the desk and is matched with the original film of NOTATIONS.

NOTATIONS TOUR ARCHIVE Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle w/ Mark Sanders, Bill Orcutt & Rhodri Davies. 

NOTATIONS – a film for live improvising musicians and artists


Notations performed by M.C. Schmidt, Jason Willett and People Like Us at Monty Hall, WFMU 2014

Part of the making of Gesture Piece

Part of the making of Notations

Notations UK Tour 2013 info here

ABOUT NOTATIONS

“Notations” is a film by Vicki Bennett for live performance by improvising musicians and artists.  It has been created using collected and edited found footage from hundreds of different films, where the content conceptually or literally portrays different kinds of ‘gestures’, ‘instructions’ and content that can then be interpreted by musicians and artists with unique audio accompaniments.  Notations contains edits of the movies and sounds from the source films, separated into ‘sketches’ or stories that segue into one another, and it exists with a list of instructions (score) on how artist(s) working with this choose to work with these particular elements.


Excerpt from “NOTATIONS” Live at Tectonics Festival 2013: “From A-B.”

Notations references the fact that it is very natural, even primordial for one to creatively respond to visual stimulus in an “improvised” (natural) way rather than all responses being directed, set in stone. 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.


Documentation of Notations UK tour

Sections from Notations


Notations at InMute, Athens performed by Acte Vide

SCORE

When performed, the film is provided with a “score” (ie a list of instructions to be translated into sound) which consists of some basic instructions and a synopsis listing characteristics of the 9 different sketches featured in the film.  The sketches are as follows:

The film is made in 9 sketches with titles that roughly describe the content/concept/theme. The themes move and progress with many tangents, although there is continuity of concepts and the pace even and flowing. There is intermittent film sound throughout, and lots of silence. Hopefully the sound will be no more surprising than any other performer on the stage. The maximum audio volume should be set equal to each participant.

There will be no instructions to be found beyond what is in the film, no written score beyond this text. The film will be provided to the players at least 2 weeks before the performance date, and should be viewed several times well before performing. For each sketch different numbers and combinations of performers are recommended, either spontaneously or pre-determined. All players should meet to discuss this before performing, and rehearsals are at the discretion of the performers. 

Ultimately, whatever the film content suggests is what all should react to. – Vicki Bennett, May 2013

1. A Nod to Previous Players.
Majority of footage sourced from old avant-garde and comedy films featuring people playing cards and chess, also doing things at tables. Very little sound added to the film soundtrack.
2. From A-B.
Transport, trains, cars, carriages and things that move fast.  Some typewriting and conducting too.  This one is fast and also noisy in places!
3. Spin.
Lots of spinning, vertigo, circles and targets. Zooming into eyes. Camera shutters. Not too much incidental sound on the film apart from towards the end with a piano.
4. At Home.
Mainly footage shot in domestic environments – pans through people’s rooms, people eating and chopping food, ringing doorbells, broken appliances and acts of domestic destruction. Reel to reel tape recorders and record players. Fairly quiet, some incidental sounds with a few louder bursts at the end when woman finds a monster in her fridge.
5. Several Directions at Once.
Part 1 A conductor conducts traffic lights and traffic. Incidental sound from traffic, but not conductor’s music. Radio dial turns.  Hands waving, pointing and conjuring. Quiet to start with then bursts of sound around the time of the radio dial being turned.
Part 2 Lots of punching, slapping and violence with incidental sound, cut in with a little conducting and hand gestures, bending and stretching. Quite noisy. Ends with car crash and bowing conjuror.
6. Dark.
Hand movements signifying quiet/listening. Record player and film leaders flicker black and white. People in the dark with candles, thunder and lightning, lights on and off. Disconnection of power, suspense and fear. Incidental sound of storm.  People walking on wooden steps in the dark. Radio tuner and typewriters/printing machines. Quiet incidental sound apart from necessary bursts of weather/explosions.
7. Ups and Downs.
Record players, panning through people’s living rooms. Leisure – card playing and knitting. More panning and record playing.  Walking legs/feet through many films. Very quiet. Desert scene, people run down hill making a noise, there follow many scenes from westerns, woman stops train, buzzers pressed, men with bells, all incidental sounds for this section. More walking, people waiting behind doors, quiet, suspense, just footsteps and door handles. Door lock gets shot (very loud) and then follows a lot of scenes of people struggling in train/horse carriages, to the sound of a carriage then train stopping. Ends with car sinking into mud.
8. The Suspense is Killing Me.
Predator/victims leaning over/backing away or trapped. Retaliation, shooting. Walking. Snooker and more predators.  Opening of doors to different scary people, hiding. Child making horrible noise with a pencil on chalkboard. Doors and wall banging intercut with silence and suspense, listening at walls. More doors opening and suspense, hiding and running. Screaming and fear, silhouettes with bright lights. Power cuts, darkness intercut with conductor and man stuck in phone booth. More power cuts and screaming, general misery. Sleeping woman, man walks up the stairs away from her, looks around, she looks up. He walks away.
9. Nothing Happens.
Man walks down wooden stairs to men playing cards at a table. Intercut with other people staring at the screen or each other, no one does anything, they are just looking. Walking around wooden flooring, woman slams door, sits in silence, kicks floor and three people faint. LP rolls across floor, car runs over accordion. Birds fly up and down, mixed with dancing swimmers. Man sits and writes at a table, silently turning blank pages from different movies. Lots of panning over paper and big tables, mainly silent, man screams at faceless man. Lots more staring at one another, suspense, waiting. Nothing happens. Door opens to man in fez, everyone screams. More staring and suspense. Still nothing happens. Gust of wind, Harpo plays flute through window and scares all the ladies. More predators with weapons, people run away, roll credits.

(The 30-minute version of the film excludes parts 7 & 9)

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Notations at Cafe Oto performed by Jaap Blonk and Philip Jeck

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TECTONICS - Performers: Skúli Sverrisson, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Hlynur Aðils.

TECTONICS, REYKJAVIK – Performers: Skúli Sverrisson, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Hlynur Aðils.

LIVE PERFORMANCES SO FAR

20 April 2013 (with the working title of Gesture Piece*) Tectonics Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
Performers: Skúli Sverrisson, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Hlynur Aðils.
8 June 2013 (with the working title of Gesture Piece*) Tectonics Festival, Tel Aviv
Performers: Alex Drool, Assif Tsahar, Robbie Avenaim, Christoph Heemann, Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney.
10 June 2013 (with the working title of Gesture Piece*) Uganda, Jerusalem
Performers: Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Robbie Avenaim, Christoph Heemann and special guests
November 2013 Various locations in the UK, produced by Tusk and commissioned by Sound and Musichttp://peoplelikeus.org/2013/notations-tour/
Here is a travelogue from the UK Tour, November 2013
September 2014 WFMU Monty Hall, NJ, performed by M.C.Schmidt and Jason Willett
September 2014 High Zero, Baltimore, performed by Bob Wagner (drums), LaDonna Smith (violin), Jenny Gräf (electronics, guitar)
October 2014 In Mute Festival, Athens Onassis Cultural Centre performed by the duo Acte Vide.

NOTATIONS UK Tour 2013 Travelogue

* Please note – Gesture Piece is now a separate project, an online film with 7 artist soundtracks.  We needed to change the name as the project split into two parts.

Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Robbie Avenaim and Christoph Heemann perform Gesture Piece

Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney, Robbie Avenaim and Christoph Heemann perform Notations

HISTORY OF GESTURE AND CARD-BASED WORKS

There is a tradition in experimental music of musicians responding to graphic scores and non-conductor-led direction.  John Cage wrote scores that both directed the performer on what elements/structures needed to be used/responded to, but at the same time introduced chance elements based around personal interpretation and the use of random prediction techniques like the iChing.  In the past 25 years some contemporary artist-composers have used prompts as guidelines for musical interpretations, following John Cage’s tradition.

Examples of alternative methods of conducting:

John Oswald “Rien Ne Va Plus” uses a roulette and coloured cards to prompt an orchestra to play certain tunes.  Christian Marclay’s “Shuffle” uses a pack of cards containing his own photographs of various depictions of musical scores which improvising musicians then respond to live.  In Marclay’s “Zoom Zoom”, the performer interprets his projected images of everyday objects with graphics contained within them.  John Zorn index card/file-card composition pieces include “Cobra” and “The Big Gundown”: combining composition and improvisation in which Zorn would write down a description of what he wanted on file-cards and arrange them to form the piece.  Zorn compiled his various thoughts regarding his subject on index cards, and then arranged those into a working roadmap for his band of improvisers.  He described the process in 2003: “I write in moments, in disparate sound blocks, so I find it convenient to store these events on filing cards so they can be sorted and ordered with minimum effort. Pacing is essential. If you move too fast, people tend to stop hearing the individual moments as complete in themselves and more as elements of a sort of cloud effect…”.

TECTONICS, REYKJAVIK – Performers: Skúli Sverrisson, Davíð Þór Jónsson, Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Hlynur Aðils.

GESTURE PIECE – a film with a score by 7 artists

A film by Vicki Bennett [2013]
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.

Background info
Gesture Piece @Tyneside Cinema
Review in This Is Tomorrow Magazine
Interview with a-n Magazine
Interview with SyncTank
Interview with Dominic Smith

Screenings
October 2014 – Other Cinema, San Francisco
October 2013 – Gesture Piece at High Zero Festival, Baltimore

Click on thumbnails to download stills:
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Diagram of subjects - created in the development of the film by Vicki Bennett

Diagram of subjects – created in the development of the film by Vicki Bennett

Still from Gesture Piece by Vicki Bennett

Still from Gesture Piece by Vicki Bennett

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.

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GESTURE PIECE and NOTATIONS – two sister projects emerge!

The project Gesture Piece has now flowered into two unique and separate yet related artworks.  It feels natural at this stage to rename these strands accordingly.

The film for live improvising musicians and artists formerly known as Gesture Piece is now called Notations.  http://peoplelikeus.org/2013/notations

The title of Gesture Piece now is held by the sister project of Notations – a film with new soundtracks from 7 invited artist/musicians.  These will go online in September 2013.

 

 

Gesture Piece was commissioned by Pixel Palace, the digital art programme at Tyneside Cinema (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK) and supported using public funds by Arts Council England.

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