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.
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 Vicki’s work has been archived on UbuWeb since 2003, with hundreds of thousands of downloads.
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
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, Portugal
Another 3 additions to People Like Us over at UbuWeb. Many thanks Ubu!
As many of you know, we have been sharing our work for free online since 2000, and on UbuWeb since 2003. We’re really pleased to announce that we have been updating our collection with Ubu and have added 25 more film and sound works.
SOUNDS LIKE SILENCE
Cage – 4’33” – Silence
1912 – 1952 to 2012
08/25/2012 – 01/06/2013
Exhibition | Dortmunder U
Two works by Vicki Bennett will be included in the exhibition “Sounds Like Silence” at HMKV.
Sounds like Silence (Cage – 4’33” – Silence / 1912 – 1952 – 2012)
On the occasion of John Cage’s 100th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the premiere of his famous “silent piece” HMKV shows 35 contemporary references to 4’33” from the fields of art and music as well as works that deal with general questions of e.g. perception of silence or sound ecology. The exhibition runs in parallel to Documenta 13 in Kassel.
People Like Us at Belfast Film Festival
Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast
Thursday 7th June 2012, 8pm
People Like Us will perform The Magical Misery Tour at Belfast Film Festival on 7 June 2012.
People Like Us will perform The Magical Misery Tour and do an artist talk in Madrid at CaixaForum. The concert will by on 17 May 2012 and the talk will be on 18 May 2012. The talk will preceed a concert by Philip Jeck.
April 28, 2012 – June 2, 2012
Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA)
398 Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414
Radio Boredcast, or to be more specific, Vicki’s DO or DIY shows feature in the Transmittal exhibition at Greene County Council for the Arts Gallery, Catskill, USA.
Curated/Organized by: Galen Joseph-Hunter
Organized in partnership with Acra-based nonprofit arts organization free103point9, Transmittal, offers Greene County residents and visitors a window into Transmission Arts. Transmittal is curated by Galen Joseph-Hunter, free103point9’s Executive Director and author of Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves (PAJ Publications: 2011.) The exhibition features an international and local roster of artists and organizations whose work celebrates the interdisciplinary nature of Transmission Arts and is made manifest in video, sound, radio, installation, performance, and work-on-paper.