Reading at The Other Room, Manchester

Vicki Bennett & Gregor Weichbrodt, Mark Leahy, Will Montgomery
Wednesday 17th February 2016, 7 pm | Free entry
The Other Room 59 The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester, M2 4PD.
www.otherroom.org

Update: and here is the video!

The Fundamental Questions is a collaborative work by Bennett and Weichbrodt and will be performed on the night by members of the audience.
http://peoplelikeus.org/2014/new-book-by-gregor-weichbrodt-vicki-bennett-available-now/
(please note: this is a reading by other people, the artists will not be present)

The Other Room
Pages from “The Fundamental Questions” by Vicki Bennett & Gregor Weichbrodt will be read simultaneously by the entire audience
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The Fundamental Questions book

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THE FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS
new book by Gregor Weichbrodt, Vicki Bennett
Paperback & pdf, 569 Pages 


Buy the paperback book: http://www.lulu.com/shop/gregor-weichbrodt-and-vicki-bennett/the-fundamental-questions/paperback/product-21696219.html
You can now also purchase the book from The Wire magazine bookshop
Free downloadable pdf here or here


Update 2020: there is now a second edition to be available exclusively on site only at Hallwalls to coincide with Vicki’s solo exhibition First Person, Fourth Wall.

You may be familiar with the music, film, radio and stills work of People Like Us but this is the first step into this medium.  Although we’ve written essays, we’ve not written a book before.  And we still haven’t!  This content is sourced from online, developed online over the course of a 10-day conversation with Gregor Weichbrodt after we observed that searching for answers on a particular internet website possibly reflected and paralleled deeper questions within life…

Who am I?  Where do I come from?  What is my purpose in Life and what happens when I die? For centuries people have tried to come up with answers regarding the fundamental questions of life. Then the internet was invented and these questions have finally been answered – by users.

The Fundamental Questions captures them in an inspiring record of epic proportions where every individual verse becomes a mantra of a mind-expanding collective thought. It reminds us, that one single answer is never the answer.

Thousands of user profiles from the web were parsed, matched according to four questions and sorted in an alphabetical order.

People Like Us guested on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb on Friday 8 December 2017 talking about scrolling culture (and google minds!) in relation to the creative process and The Fundamental Questions book, playing a specially made 3 minute group reading made from this.
The Fundamental Questions read by Hearty White

The Fundamental Questions read by a computer
Featured in Journal of Writing in Creative Practice

The Fundamental Questions read at The Other Room
The Fundamental Questions read at Xing The Line
i am.

“I am the gambling of the fraudulent; I am the splendour of the splendid; I am victory; I am determination; I am the goodness of the good. I am a huge animal lover and love to spend time with my chinchilla and 2 pet rats.” – from the excellent piece of mashed-up uncreative writing called “The Fundamental Questions.” From Vicki Bennett and Gregor Weichbrodt. Further confirmation that the best use of appropriation in art is with a healthy dose of humor and joy. [And it comes in a paperback, almost the same size as your pink, half-read copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.] — Kevin Hamilton

Related item: I am that I am – A Twitterbot that combines verses from the Bhagavad Gita with user profile texts from the web. I am that I am @newmantras

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