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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

TWITTER COMPETITION TIME @RadioArtZone! Listen to the 22-hour-long chart sweep by @do_or_diy while broadcasting & guess the number of tracks in it. Post your estimate as a reply on Radio Art Zone’s Twitter Feed – the 3 closest answers across our social media channels win a People Like Us CD! Plus there is an extra CD prize for the wittiest comment posted about the show.

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.

Artist talk added to screening of Gone, Gone Beyond

May 25 2022 – 6:30 PM, Gray Area, San Francisco | Get Tickets

Join us for this special showing of Gone, Gone Beyond and go behind the screen with creator Vicki Bennett (People Join us for an Artist Talk followed by a special showing of Gone, Gone Beyond with creator Vicki Bennett (People Like Us)!

6:30PM Doors open | 7:00PM Presentation by Vicki Bennett | 8:00PM Screening of Gone, Gone Beyond

$10 Presentation only
$30 Presentation + screening

Proof of vaccination is required for all attendees over the age of 12 years old. Read more.

Using collage as a compositional tool opens up endless opportunities to experience results that are more than the sum of the parts, opening doors (and windows) to let light in from outside of our own limited and sometimes repetitive ways of thinking. Since 2016 Vicki Bennett has been creating “Gone, Gone Beyond” for RML CineChamber, an immersive 360 surround cinema environment, is now an hour long.

In this presentation Vicki tells us about her creative process, expanding her aesthetics from 2D to 3D to create audiovisual content which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind.

Gone, Gone Beyond

This special screening is part of a limited run showing of Gone, Gone Beyond, an immersive audio-visual spatial cinema work by People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett). This is Gone, Gone, Beyond‘s US premiere, following its European debut tour last fall with screenings at nyMusikk in Oslo, the Barbican in London, and more. See showtimes

Gone, Gone Beyond in San Francisco!

We are very pleased to announce that Gone, Gone Beyond will be screening in it’s home town San Francisco in May 2022 at Gray Area. We say it’s the “home town” because although we live in London, the piece was originally commissioned by Recombinant Media Labs for CineChamber, the structure which we then built a replica of in 2021 and have existing in the UK.

TICKETS: https://grayarea.org/gonegonebeyond/

All press inquiries should go to Gray Area, and if you have questions for People Like Us or Gone, Gone Beyond you can directly ask us.

Gone, Gone Beyond will screen at 6.30pm and 8.30pm each night.
On the 25th there will be an artist talk followed by one screening – tickets can be bought combined or separately: https://grayarea.org/event/vicki-bennett/

SCREENING DATES:

12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21 May 2022 (two screenings per night)
—- these screenings will be introduced by Naut Humon, original commissioner of Gone, Gone Beyond and creator of the CineChamber that houses our work.
25, 26 & 27 May 2022 (two screenings per night)
—- we will be present for these screenings and therefore will introduce the the 26th/27th, and it will be an artist presentation on the 25th.

All screenings are at Gray Area, Grand Theater, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 | info@grayarea.org | 415.843.1423

Covid policy: Full vaccination (no booster) | Masks strongly encouraged but not required 

Cover Versions group exhibition, Sunderland

A theatrical screening of The Mirror by People Like Us will be part of Cover Versions, a group exhibition in Sunderland, UK:

A Group Exhibition Curated by Anthony & Graham Dolphin
4 April – 1 May 2022
Abject Gallery, 27 Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE, UK
Preview:  1 April 18:00–22:00
Opening times:  Wednesday – Saturday 11:00–16:00

Cover Versions is a group show curated by brothers Anthony and Graham Dolphin exploring notions of the original and its copies, echoes, and mutations in art, film and music. An original artwork is often used as the starting point of new creative acts. It can be re-purposed, subverted and reclaimed by artists, musicians, and fans. The exhibition addresses concepts of ownership, fandom and audience, authenticity, and the economic and cultural values that site and shape them.

The exhibition features internationally acclaimed artists, musicians and film makers from the UK, the USA, Australia, Japan, and Austria with newly commissioned work alongside key examples of their established practice.

MIND MAPS: The Art of Vicki Bennett – Solo Exhibition

Sheehan Gallery, Walla Walla, USA | 1 February – 8 April 2022 
Free and open to the public, located in Olin Hall on Whitman College campus.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-5 PM, Saturday-Sunday 12-4 PM, or by appointment. whitman.edu/sheehan

This solo exhibition of Vicki Bennett (aka People Like Us) follows a 30 year journey into immersive media, covering music, radio, text-based art and moving image.  Showcasing hundreds of hours of audiovisual collage, both solo and with collaborators. To coincide with the exhibition is a visit from the artist with a series of screenings, artist presentations and radio collaborations in March 2022 on site.

Thursday 3 March 2022
Film Screening of Nothing Can Turn into a Void with Q & A
Kimball Auditorium | 5.30 PM
(note the change of time)

Friday 4 March 2022

Performance by Negativland + Sue-C | Theatrical Film Screening of The Mirror by People Like Us | + support
Young Ballroom | 7 PM


Saturday 5 March 2022

People Like Us & Negativland on the Radio (on the air, no public audience)
KWCW 90.5 | 8 – 10:30 PM Listen Live

The Wire: Music By Any Means at Somerset House

A series of three talks programmed by The Wire magazine looking at different strategies and systems for making music and organising sound. 

Wed 20 October 2021 | 18.45 – 20.30 | In person £8
Lancaster Rooms, New Wing & Online
An in person event from Somerset House. If you are unable to join us on the evening, a recording will be archived and available to view via a ticketed link. 

https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/vicki-bennett-opening-doors

This in person event will also be streamed live from Somerset House. If you are unable to join us on the evening, a recording will be archived and available to view via a ticketed link.  Music By Any Means has been designed to show how anything can become music, from objects to actions, archives to rituals, and how anyone can make it, regardless of any previous musical experience or ability. In the process of demystifying the processes of sound organisation and music making, the series will illuminate other ways of being in the world through sound, bypassing existing orthodoxies to enable and empower new creative activity.  
 
The talks, which will include demonstrations and performances, will be presented by O YAMA O (Rie Nakajima and Keiko Yamamoto), People Like Us (Vicki Bennett), and Elaine Mitchener; all artists who use aspects of film, theatre, performance, visual art and other practices to inform and develop new and distinctive approaches to making music and organising sound.  Music By Any Means will be available to audiences both onsite and online, with each event broadcast live from Somerset House Studios. 

Vicki Bennett explores the processes of making audiovisual content, working with archives and found footage.

Using collage as a compositional tool opens up endless opportunities to create and experience results that are more than the sum of their parts, opening doors (and windows) to let light in and move beyond limited and repetitive ways of creative thinking.  

In this talk, Vicki Bennett discusses and demonstrates her creative process making audio-visual content, working with archives and found footage, showing how she sources and organises this material into finished works which break the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.