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.
Sunday 2nd October 2016 4.30pm, Gray Area Art + Technology, San Francisco
Re-Cog-Ignition: A Substance Immersion Symposium
This is the first in an ongoing series of Recombinant panel discussions. Using the context of the works shown in Recombinant Festival as a starting point for debates around our contemporary understanding of time-based works, spatial media, and experiential enactments. Featuring two festival artists and other special guests and cameos.
Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), Erik Davis, Ulf Langheinrich (formerly of Granular Synthesis AV group & co-creator of Motion Control MODELL 5 and solo work), David McConville, Steve Mason, Edwin van der Heide
Co-presented by: Naut Humon and Li Alin