Solo Exhibition in Lleida, Spain at intangible festival d’art

The first edition of the new ‘Intangible’ festival, takes place from October 27 to November 6 2022 in Lleida, will focus on creative arts and will welcome British multimedia artist Vicki Bennett as a special guest. 
More info here about where, when and how: https://intangible.paeria.cat/#

People will have the opportunity to delve into Bennett’s creative universe with a solo exhibition, as well as enjoy a conference at Lleida CaixaForum gallery and an audiovisual performance ofThe Mirror live at Espai Orfeó.

The event’s artistic director, Antoni Pinent, said that Intangible offers “a wide range of activities” aiming to reach different types of audiences and not only art experts. The festival “wants to be informative but reflective and critical at the same time,” he added. 

There are also several workshops on diverse subjects such as ethics in computing, video games, social networks, artificial intelligence, NFTs, sound engineering, dark cameras, and the use of drones.

https://www.catalannews.com/culture/item/new-cultural-festival-intangible-combines-art-and-technology-in-lleida

Heaven’s Lathe 7″ Single

Free Money | Eve of Sunshine
Limited Edition 100 copies (no digital-only downloads, but digital download comes with vinyl purchase)
Heaven’s Lathe HL14
Release date | 01/07/2022 6pm

BUY HERE https://music.heavenslathe.co.uk/album/free-sunshine
and HERE https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/album/free-sunshine-on-heavens-lathe

People Like Us are releasing a single on Graham Duff’s label Heaven’s Lathe. Heaven’s Lathe is dedicated to bringing out the highest quality lathe cut seven inch singles, featuring both influential artists and emerging performers in a sweep of genres. From June 2021, Heaven’s Lathe will be releasing a new limited edition single each month. Each release is a strictly limited to an edition of 100. All singles are lathe cut on either black or transparent vinyl. Heaven’s Lathe artists are curated by writer, broadcaster and DJ Graham Duff. All lathe cutting and engineering by Michael Lawrence (Bladud Flies!). Designed by Lauren Winton (Bladud Flies!). limited edition – order it here:

https://heavenslathe.co.uk/artist/people-like-us/

Gone, Gone Beyond 360 Real-Space Immersive Cinema

“Hey, hey, have you ever tried… reaching out to the other side?”

Gone, Gone Beyond is an immersive a/v spatial cinema work by People Like Us (Vicki Bennett), which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind.  

The initial work was commissioned by Naut Humon, the founder of immersive theatre project RML CineChamber, Gone, Gone Beyond is a 10 screen / 6 or 8 speaker piece, with seamless wrap around projection and surround sound where the audience sit inside. It comprises of movie and musical compositions, animated and sample-based/musique concrète collage juxtaposed with content filmed/recorded by the artist, all sewn together in a giant patchwork. Pull on a thread and watch whole new narratives expand and unravel all at once on a 360º palette. The project has been a work in progress since 2017, and showed for the first time in Autumn 2021 in feature length format.  

The work’s title and underlying concepts come from the Heart Sutra, a key Buddhist text, describing how all phenomena are empty in form yet ultimately interconnected. The last lines of the Heart Sutra say ‘gate gate pāragate pārasamgate bodhi svāhā’, which means “gone, gone beyond, gone beyond that a bit more, and then beyond that a bit further”. This reflects perfectly the action of going beyond the frame to where there are no edges to the narrative – just emptiness.

In this 360º format, time and space becomes elasticated, with the use of collaged video furthering the reflection on how information comes to us as fragments and that nothing is fixed. A new narrative-thread is woven in the mind of each viewer every time the work is seen, limited only to that exact time and space – just as the Heart Sutra reminds us that the only constant is change, and everything is related with no fixed source.

The initial in-process tester movie screened in San Francisco in October 2017 at RML’s own Recombinant Festival at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Since then the work has been in development, with a private screening event in April 2019 Goldsmiths SIML for potential partners. The work will screen at nyMusikk, Oslo; SPILL Festival, Ipswich; Attenborough Centre (ACCA), Brighton; and London Barbican, in Autumn 2021. Version 2 of GGB screened in San Francisco’s Gray Area in May 2022 to great critical acclaim.

SAN FRANCISCO Gray Area
12-27 May 2022 https://grayarea.org/gonegonebeyond/

PAST:

OSLO Black Box Teater present KinoKammer with nyMusikk
13-16 October 2021 https://blackbox.no/en/e5115e56-702e-41a2-badb-cb21d1626082/

IPSWICH DanceEast as part of SPILL FESTIVAL
28-30 October 2021 https://www.danceeast.co.uk/performances/gone-gone-beyond-au21/

BRIGHTON Attenborough Centre (ACCA)
4-6 November 2021 https://www.attenboroughcentre.com/events/4028/gone-gone-beyond/

LONDON Barbican Centre
10-13 November 2021 https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2021/event/people-like-us-gone-gone-beyond

Reviews and Interviews:

The Wire January 2022

Eat Drink Films (2) – another review of Gone, Gone Beyond at Gray Area, San Francisco (May 2022) (file)
Eat Drink Films (1) – review of Gone, Gone Beyond at Gray Area, San Francisco (May 2022) (file)
KALX Radio (Berkeley, CA) interview (May 2022)
48 Hillsreview of Gone, Gone Beyond at Gray Area, San Francisco (May 2022) (file)
Clot Magazine – interview/review of Gone, Gone Beyond at Barbican Centre (January 2022) (file)
The Wire Magazine – full page review (January 2022) (file)
Crack Magazine Barbican review (November 2021)
https://crackmagazine.net/article/live-reviews/gone-gone-beyond-people-like-us-at-barbican/ (file)
Rosa Magazine (November 2021)
https://www.instagram.com/therosamag/?hl=en (file)
brutjournal (November 2021)
https://brutjournal.com/login/ (file)
Crack Magazine Movie Top 5 (October 2021)
https://peoplelikeus.org/2021/crack-magazine-abstract-viewing-5-must-watch-films-chosen-by-vicki-bennett/ (file)
The Quietus Interview (October 2021)
https://thequietus.com/articles/30721-people-like-us-vicki-bennett-interview
Jon Wright – SPILL Festival feature on BBC Radio Special Feature (October 2021)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09xvj2h (listen)

Scenekunst (October 2021)
http://www.scenekunst.no/sak/psykedelisk-meditasjon/ (translated file)
Shakespeare Tidsskrift (October 2021)
http://shakespearetidsskrift.no/2021/10/pa-tide (translated file)
Klassekampen (October 2021)
https://klassekampen.no/utgave/2021-10-16/en-kveld-pa-kammerset (translated file)
Ballade (October 2021)
https://www.ballade.no/kunstmusikk/lasse-marhaug-og-people-like-us-dystopisk-stoyfilm-fra-groruddalen-og-eit-draumebad-i-kinokjensler/ (translated file)
Interview with Hearty White about the making of Gone, Gone Beyond (2017)

New summer mix from People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz

https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/track/in-the-waking-2022-extended-mix

An extended, taking-a-line-for-a-walk remix of People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “In the Waking”, created for one of the opening concerts of King’s Place, London in the late 2000s. The song, a lullaby of a summer place, was created through the Codpaste podcast sessions which led to the collaborative album “Rhapsody in Glue”, and was later released as a 7″ on Touch. This unreleased version lets the song twirl off into a gentle polyphonic fantasia.

Radio Art Zone – New 22 Hour Radio Piece

People Like Us has made a brand new 22 HOUR radio piece for Radio Art Zone, a radio art project by Radio ARA and Mobile Radio for the European Capital of Culture Esch2022

https://radioart.zone/thursday-23-june

Broadcast date for our piece is 23 June 2pm – Noon 24 June, Luxembourg Time Zone UTC +2. That’s 1pm start time in the UK.

https://radioart.zone/thursday-23-june

People Like Us – 108

“Well, you know how I adjusted to that problem of the radio in the environment – very much as the primitive people adjusted to the animals which frightened them, and which probably as you say, were intrusions, they drew pictures of them on their caves. And so I simply made a piece using radios. Now, whenever I hear radios, even a single one, not just twelve at a time…I think, well, they’re just playing my piece!” – John Cage (and Morton Feldman in Conversation, WBAI, NYC (1967))

In Buddhism, according to Bhante Gunaratana this number is reached by multiplying the senses smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness by whether they are painful, pleasant or neutral, and then again by whether these are internally generated or externally occurring, and yet again by past, present and future, finally we get 108 feelings. 6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = 108. 

Imagine a radio that sounds different every day…

Radio Art Zone is a 100-day radio art station for Esch2022, which will be broadcast in the south of Luxembourg by Radio ARA on 87.8 FM. It will also be live-streamed for a worldwide audience and transmitted by a network of international partners.

The Radio Art Zone schedule consists of two daily programmes: newly-commissioned 22-hour radio productions created by more than 100 international and local artists, and 2-hour live shows from kitchens in the community.

Radio Art Zone is on air from 18th June — 25th September 2022

list of participants

The Wire 40: An Evening With People Like Us

THE WIRE 40: AN EVENING WITH PEOPLE LIKE US

Friday 1 July 2022 | The Cube, Bristol UK
Doors: 7pm / short films programme: 8pm
https://cubecinema.com/programme/event/the-wire-40-an-evening-with-people-like-us,12483/

A programme of film shorts by People Like Us
Q&A Vicki Bennett & Emily Bick (The Wire)
Live performance to a new film score by People Like Us with Gwilly Edmondez & Ergo Phizmiz

Tickets: £10 BOOK TICKETS

Since 1991 Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us has been working across the field of audio-visual collage, repurposing pre-existing footage to craft original works with a dark and witty take on popular culture. Drawing from a palette of contemporary media and technology, she sees her sampling and collage-based work as folk art with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Her most recent, feature length-film Gone, Gone Beyond is a critically-acclaimed surround-screen experience that has been shown internationally.

For this evening Bennett has put together a programme of her rarely-seen short films from the current century. The films will be followed by a discussion between the artist and Wire Deputy Editor Emily Bick, and then the premiere live performance to a new specially-made film score by PLU by the trio of Bennett, Gwilly Edmondez and Ergo Phizmiz.

Emily Bick is Deputy Editor at The Wire magazine.

Gwilly Edmondez is a performer whose primary aesthetic is Wild Pop, active both solo and in numerous collaborations. As Gustav Thomas he is one half of the duo YEAH YOU with Elvin Brandhi. Originally from Wales, he is mostly based in the North East where he has been on the staff of the music department of Newcastle University since 2004.

Ergo Phizmiz is a composer, writer, collagist, radio playwright, opera designer and director, who has created a vast body of work across media since 2000. They are currently designing moving images for The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Academy of Music, and working on the opera Adapting Don Quixote as a PhD at the University of Bristol.

The Wire 40 @ The Cube is a weekend of events marking The Wire magazine’s 40th anniversary. Other Wire 40 events are happening in London, Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow and streaming online during the month of July. See The Wire for more details.