Welcome to the only official site for People Like Us and Vicki Bennett
Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been working across the field of audio-visual collage, and is recognised 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 believe in open access to archives for creative use. 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, amongst others, Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, The Barbican, Centro de Cultura Digital, Maxxi and Sonar, and performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. She has an ongoing sound art radio show 'DO or DIY' on WFMU. The People Like Us back catalogue is available for free download hosted by UbuWeb.
Nothing Can Turn Into A Void – a documentary film about People Like Us has been screening in cinemas and festivals since Autumn 2015. Currently, Vicki is focussing on expanding both audio and moving image work for a multiscreen and multi-speakered environment with Recombinant Media Labs, with a new 10 screen work "Gone, Gone Beyond" and there will be a new People Like Us live performance "The Mirror" premiering at FACT, Liverpool in Spring 2018.
Over The Edge – Thanksgiving Leftovers
25 November 1999
With various leftover tapes that never finished playing out on recent OTEs and two other Neglanders on board, this is a show with no plan at all. But it’s very good anyway with the Weatherman walking around the streets of Berkeley in the wee hours transmiting to us on his new Cherokee FR460 Family Radio, a coincidental appearance by “family radio” religious celebrity, Harold Camping, who does a lengthy stint taking calls concerning Bible misconceptions, People Like Us from a Thanksgivingless England on one of our Receptacle lines for most of the night, lots of bees, some Weatherman holiday family tapes from 1983, the latest club soda break, and anglo american group singing to end it all. Lots of leftover fun. Run time3h:0m:32s
Over The Edge – The Happy Fingers Method
People Like Us (here from England), Wobbly, and Peter Conheim join me for a live mix generally spinning around the cut up soundtrack of “The 5000 Fingers Of Dr. T.” After interviewing PLU and her manager about her music and her new Hollywood movie, “The Tantrum,” we all begin pushing our collective buttons with all our happy fingers for 3 hours of solid irritainment. Beyond the distinctive rantings of Hans Conried and his gaggle of little piano prisoners throughout, there’s no point in even trying to identify it all – just a lot of found stuff from various mediums put together for the fun of weaving pseudo musical fabric out of bits and pieces of sound. A concentrated musical collage for modern radio. Run time2h:53m:43s
Over The Edge – The Sound of Austria II October 1998
More recordings from “The Sound Of Music” made on and off stage, (counting the money, etc.) and big pieces of the final show in Linz. The attempted Julie Andrews interview, “Oh how happy we will be when we learn our harmony,” receptacle input, participant discussions about how this performance should be done… and how it was done! More Cha Cha, more food, more beer, NPR, the RIAA, underground Austrian elf land from a miniature train, the best parts of show three, and new mixing with material used and left out. Thanks to Staalplaat and Time’s Up for creating this get together – People Like Us, Music Toerist, Barbed, Negativland. Run time3h:5m:47s
Over The Edge – The Sound of Austria I
The first OTE broadcast of the live, 7 person jams at the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria in which Negativland, Barbed, People Like Us, and Music Toerist participated. Our theme and title was “The Sound Of Music” and we all played it together, and all kinds of other sound related material, for three nights. The first of these two OTE broadcasts is five hours and covers the first two shows (The first show, subtitled “the Sound Connection” was done as a “radio show” from stage for a live broadcast on Austrian State radio FM4, Radio Kunst who also provided Receptacle Phone Access!, and the internet webcast. Contains a lengthy live review of “The End Of Music” by Crosley Bendix, plus some new mixes of stuff both in and left out of the Austrian mixes. This 5 hour show includes much music from the first two shows, along with a lot of tapes made off stage about our trip and being in Austria, and some live mixing of all this material for this radio show. Run time4h:53m:58s
Over The Edge Archive – Fake Bacon Breakfast Loop III
This final in a series, like the other two, is being sent live to London, England via our semi- phone fidelity teletour box to a temporary art thing radio station, Resonance FM. It’s a loopy breakfast thing because it airs from 8 to 11 am in England. Lots of good piggy mixing between Negativland’s “Smelly Water” (a studio remix/collaboration of/with Chumbawamba’s “Drip, Drip, Drip”), Bob and Ray’s “House of Toast,” a report by Raymond Bien, President of General Injectables, a Weatherman club soda break, there’s hog fat all over the highway, a telephone tape exchange with People Like Us, Dave Emory expounds on a crucial assassination link in the SRL show he witnessed this evening, the Stupid Song, Orson Welles and sincerity, “traffic, weather, changing the refrigerator light bulb, “So tired” loops, and loops that go on forever… Run time3h:5m:7s
Over The Edge – Fake Bacon Breakfast Loop I
The Weatherman, Wobbly, and Dave Emory join Bud Goode for a highly technical and receptacle content infused show. Some discussion on the Teletour concept, as this show was apparently simulcast via phone line to UK radio station Resonance FM.
The Weatherman’s tired. People Like Us phones in. The recurring ‘F-You’ guy keeps calling. Includes riveting episode of What Are We Supposed To Think Now with Tilt Reptilian & Dave Emory. Random show note: The original donor of Don’s ’78 Nova calls in at around the 35 minute mark.
This show occurred the night before a live performance in San Francisco in which the same people presented “OTE In Concert.” Actually a rehearsal of sorts, this show is divided into three sets – Wobbly and Wetgate play first, then PLU and Don, then all mix together for the remainder of the show. People Like Us (Vicki Bennett) comes all the way from England with a MiniDisc full of samples, Wobbly wiggles the keyboards, and Wetgate runs film loops through multiple film projectors for, in this case, audio only movies. Tellytubbies, Clowns and Ballerinas, McDonalds for girls, torture, and “fuck Lycra” are among our subjects. Run time3h:0m:19s
Superstars of sample People Like Us, Wobbly, and C. Elliot Friday of Negativland join forces with projectionists Wetgate to layer lightly at the Cell Space one fine spring night to discern “what’s music?”…
Beginning with Dr. Norway’s hosting of a Howland Island tourism travelog being tested at focus groups inside One World Advertising, this show cuts up a lot of “DisPepsi syndrome” and Happy Heroes in a lot of revisited roles. A little Roger Waters, “Great Moments” from channel 5, Kaiser Steel makes a comedy record, Lot’s of inventive receptacle including transAtlantic calls from People Like Us in England, (by now, a habit she’s willing to pay for) and more Howland travelog throughout. The price is right. Only infinity left!
Over The Edge – World Radio World I
4 October 1996
A nice three hours of chopped radio content from around the world. Includes Pirate live mix radio from the Netherlands which also supplies an interview with Don about Negativland issues as broadcast on Dutch radio VPRO. Crazily interesting English and Australian disc jockeys, a segment about Russian radio selling out, Japanese Pop and Japanese Noise, French cigarette music, People Like Us, new South African narrative music, Nina Hagen and Nena, short wave, receptacle programming, and more. Two 90 cassettes. Run time3h:4m:55s
Over The Edge – London Music Falling Down I 11 April 1996
On secret orders from Mr. Friday, I made a trip to London and returned with several hand picked radio consultants from the BBC. All these actual English speaking people are here from London to make the Netweb better, elevate programming, and make OTE actually tops in no-top broadcasting. Hosted by famous American, Earthworm Jim, everybody’s on mike commenting on form, style, American quirks, and tea, dunking in and out of a nice, busy mix of all British voices, actualities, disk jockey pranks, Lance Dann’s BBC radio production, a BBC quiz, Radio 1, 2, 3, & 4, Music, News, Weather, and hot tea from the Emerald Sea. And a certain amount of dialect gibberish. A sometimes raucous, sometimes touching tribute to London and it’s music, past and present. Mix includes parts of Scanner, Stock, Hausen & Walkman, People Like Us, Barbed, Art Of Noise, Neil Innes, Crass, Vivian Stanshall, Deaf School, Siouxsie, Marianne, Tom, and more. Run time3h:3m:41s