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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Fundamental Questions reading at Xing The Line: video!

Our paperback/pdf book The Fundamental Questions (Gregor Weichbrodt/Vicki Bennett) was read by a number of poets at the event Xing The Line on 19 August 2014 at The Apple Tree, Clerkenwell, London.  We filmed the mass reading – here it is:

I am an open book

photo by Kevin Hamilton


“The Fundamental Questions” is now also available in full for free as a pdf

The Fundamental Questions read by a computer

This is a short computer reading from our paperback/pdf book
The Fundamental Questions

and the LYRICS:

I am a Account Rep · I am a active guy who loves sports, movies,

cooking, and anything that sounds new and exciting · I am

a actor in acting school · I am a dad to two girls Bug 5, and

Tooties 1.5 who are my life · I am a administrator for my dad

and also volunteer in the Age UK office two days a week · i am

a adventurious person · I am a adventurous, outdoors, hands

on fix it all type person · I am a affectionate mom to my kids

love mexican and italian foods · I am a affectioned person and

healthy · I am a aires for those curious · I am a ambitious go

getter · I am a amiable, funny, outgoing guy who loves a good

laugh · I am a analytical person sometimes · I am a Artist and

love to have fun! · I am a asian guy living in NYC · I am a athletic,

loving, kind, and adventureous · I am a average female,

about 5’4, i have brown and light brown hair · I am a avid

coffee drinker, and I do smoke cigarettes · I am a avid sports

fan, loving hockey and football · I am a awesome friend and

the ones I have are from grade school · I am a a work in progress

· I am a bacon-eating Jew · I am a bad at spelling but great

at reading people · I am a ball of energy, Love to party and

hangout with friends · I am a ball of energy and sarcastic humour,

need people with fun personality to adventure with · I

am a bama fan so Roll Tide · I am a band geek cuz I love the

flute · I am a band geek turned science nerd, aspiring robopsychologist,

and the tech girl philosopher · I am a bank rep · I am

a barista and a nanny · I am a bartender, a business owner,

and the director of a Bartending school in riverside · I am a

bartender · I am a bartender · I am a bartender and absolutely

love my job · I am a bartender at a private members’ club · I am

a bartender until i finish pharmecology school · I am a Batman

loving, sports watching, going out and having fun type of person

· I am a bay area native · I am a BBW I love going on adventures,

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BIOGRAPHY

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.

Most of the People Like Us back catalogue has been available for free online since 2002. For many artists, profit and publicity is more likely through free distribution (the gift economy) than independent record labels, which often struggle with limited resources. Online self-distribution allows an artist to keep their work available, resolving a tension between label production costs and the desire of an artist for work to be available.  UbuWeb generously hosts the discography and filmography in conjunction with Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico, PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania and WFMU.

As a solo artist or collaborator she has published more than 50 audio recordings and 35 video projects, with works released by labels including Illegal Art, Rough Trade, Soleilmoon, Sonic Arts Network and Touch. Vicki’s DO or DIY show on the fiercely independent New York City-market radio station WFMU has run since 2003 and has had over a million individual “listen again” downloads. Her video work has been screened at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, the National Film Theatre/BFI, Purcell Room, the Barbican, the ICA, V&A. 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), among other institutions. Video works have been aired on Channel 4 and she has also performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. People Like Us has been commissioned by The Arts Council England, The BBC, WDR, Great North Run Moving Image Commission, Sound and Music, Channel 4/Animate Projects, AV Festival, Sonic Arts Network, Forma, LUX and Lovebytes amongst others.

Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another), a live audio/video performance received its premiere at the 2013 transmediale in Berlin; Notations (2013), a film for live improvisers toured the UK with TUSK/Sound & Music in Autumn 2013; Gesture Piece, a film with seven invited artist soundtracks; two films for Animate Projects/Channel 4 television, UK, broadcast as part of their Random Acts series. Bennett’s most recent solo show Shutter was at Leeds College of Art in Spring 2014.

In 2015, Vicki created A/V performance Citation City, using techniques of Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project in relation to London-based feature films.  No One Is An Island, a radio work created for WDR was recently completed, and awaits a broadcast date in 2016.  Nothing Can Turn Into A Void – a documentary film about People Like Us has screened in cinemas and festivals since Autumn 2015.

The Expanded Radio commission/artist residency Optimized! broadcast on WFMU in June 2016 and her most recent commission No One Is An Island, for WDR, broadcast in April 2016.

Currently, Vicki is focussing on expanding both audio and moving image work for a multiscreen and multi-speakered environment with Recombinant Media Labs.

Shorter Bio – Artist Statement
Filmography
Exhibitions and Editions
Selected Performances and Screenings
Commissions and Awards
Talks, Lectures
Discography

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Danny Snelson – Incredible Machines – We Edit Life

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Danny Snelson presents a series of investigations around an essay on early computer-generated movies at Bell Labs (and the documentaries that accompany them) through the contemporary cipher presented in the digital compilation movie We Edit Life (2002) by People Like Us (Vicki Bennett).

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