An Art Apart/Different – new book and film by Carl Abrahamsson

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Different People” is an anthology of interviews by Swedish author Carl Abrahamsson, focusing on art, life and the creative process. Included are in-depth conversations with Conrad Rooks, Malcolm McLaren, Stelarc, John Duncan, Charles Gatewood, Mark McCloud, Ralph Metzner, Peter Beard, Bill Landis, Ralph Gibson, Maja Elliott, Michael Bowen, Bob Colacello, Dian Hanson, Anton Corbijn, June Newton, Kendell Geers, Simeon Coxe III (Silver Apples), Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), and Brian Williams (Lustmord). These groundbreaking artists, writers, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, editors and psychedelic researchers have all helped shape the culture we live in. But what makes them do what they do? Which are their driving forces and their inspirations; their joys and fears? Trapart Books, 2021, 6 x 9” paperback, illustrated with photographic portraits, 292 pages.

Vicki Bennett / People Like Us is part of the new An Art Apart film & book. Want to help make it happen? https://igg.me/at/anartapart/x/18702014#/

Aloha Fridays Radio Show

People Like Us host Aloha Fridays
Friday, January 1st, 2021, 11am – 2pm on Aloha Fridays radio show (on Sheena’s Jungle Room Stream) Live Playlist: https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/99690
Join People Like Us who are hosting Aloha Fridays radio show for one week only… playing three hours of NICE THINGS on WFMU’s alt stream Sheena’s Jungle Room.

People Like Us 3-Hour WFMU Radio Shows for 4 Weeks

People Like Us have returned to the radio on WFMU for a 3-hour radio show from 9-Noon EST (that’s 2pm-5pm UK) for 4 CONSECUTIVE THURSDAYS filling in for DJ Trouble.

Listen: http://wfmu.org / DO or DIY http://wfmu.org/playlists/PL
Playlist and archive for Week 1 (26 November 2020): https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/98773

Playlist and archive for Week 2 (3 December 2020):
https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/98923
Playlist and archive for Week 3 (10 December 2020):
https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/99138
Playlist and archive for Week 4 (17 December 2020 – Matmos Special)
https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/99330

In week 4 (17 December 2020) we’ll be joined by M.C.Schmidt and Drew Daniel, aka Matmos

MAAT Lisbon: Porest & People Like Us exhibition

DO YOU MISS THE PRESENT?
6 November 2020 In the gallery at The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon
Tickets Free with museum ticket
Curator: Gonçalo F. Cardoso
Av. Brasília 1300-598 Belém, Portugal
https://www.maat.pt/index.php/en/event/do-you-miss-present

People Like Us will screen The Mirror, and Porest will screen their new film here at 7pm (UTC): https://vimeo.com/476324332

People Like Us and Porest were both due to perform live concerts at MAAT in Lisbon on 6 November but unfortunately because of the pandemic we will not be travelling. So instead our work will be screened in the gallery on the same date. Details above.

Cancelled: The Mirror Paris BBMix

This is now cancelled because of the current global situation – more specifically because of the French month-long lockdown.

People Like Us will perform The Mirror at BBMix Festival on Saturday 21 November 2020
at Carré Belle-feuille, Paris in the 3pm to 7pm portion of the festival. The festival has adjusted hours to allow for the curfew. / € 11

Tickets available in advance on the above link. Unlike most of our activities this year, we will be there in person performing it, so long as we are able at the time of travel (in accordance with the ongoing global situation). Please continue to check the festival website for updates.

Guesting on The Wire’s Radio Show

Vicki guested on The Wire’s Adventures in Sound and Music on 1st October 2020 at 9pm (UK) on Resonance FM hosted by Shane Woolman.

Archived here: https://www.thewire.co.uk/audio/on-air/shane-woolman-presents-adventures-in-sound-and-music-people-like-us-special

00:00 Carlo Patrão “Second Hand Third Eye
00:36 Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) introduces the show
01:08 Carlo Patrão “Second Hand Third Eye
2:00 Matmos “Work In Progress
4:17 Vicki speaks over Dina Kelberman “Study For Sponge Project
8:37 id m theft able “July 31st And Watermelon Sticky
9:04 Gwilly Edmondez “Failed Songs
13:48 Vicki speaks
15:01 Mr Let’s Paint (John Kilduff) “Waiting To Get Bitten By A Mosquito
15:34 Micah Moses “The Astral Dispatch
17:33 Ergo Phizmiz “Everyday Invisible Emergency Grouting
19:29 Vicki speaks
21:03 Buttress O’Kneel “Bokumentary
22:06 Porest “Live Stream
22:59 Vicki speaks
23:26 Andrew Sharpley “Questions
23:51 Vicki speaks
24:40 Mark Hurst “Tron Life
25:54 Andie Brown “Alucita
27:11 People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “In The Waking
33:00 People Like Us “Listen With Your Eyes
35:17 People Like Us “Feel It Steal It
40:09-41:23 Vicki speaks

First Person, Fourth Wall – Hallwalls Artist in Residence (HARP)

People Like Us (Vicki Bennett) First Person, Fourth Wall
A Hallwalls Artists-in-Residence Project (HARP)
Friday, 11 September – Friday, 23 October 2020
https://www.hallwalls.org/visual/6216.html

HALLWALLS CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, 341 DELAWARE AVE. BUFFALO, NY 14202
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm | Saturday 11am-2pm
Curated by Carolyn Tennant |Radio content Programmed by Vicki Bennett

This multi-tiered project features an onsite new film and 6 channel audio collage work in the Hallwalls gallery, a virtual film retrospective, and a series of online micro-commissions programmed by the artist, where collaborators across the field of visual, audio and textual art respond to the subjects of first person / the fourth wall. The retrospective screening features archive and new content from Vicki Bennett’s 30 years of creating work under the name People Like Us. To coincide with the exhibition is a new second edition of her artist’s book The Fundamental Questions co-authored with Gregor Weichbrodt, available exclusively in house at Hallwalls, all made possible in part with a major grant to HARP (Hallwalls Artists-in-Residence Project) from the Multidisciplinary program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency, with additional support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Visual Art Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), M&T Bank, and Erie County.

The commissions and elements from the onsite exhibition are archived at WFMU from 11 September 2020, alongside visual elements on the accompanying web pages, which will be linked to with QR codes in the accompanying gallery brochure.

People Like Us presented by Nouveau Musée National de Monaco

28 July 2020 10:30 – 11 August 2020 18:00

We have a virtual exhibition/screening at Le Nouveau Musée National de Monaco starting today – this came about as the result of the pandemic cancellation of our performance of The Mirror. You can now watch this (and others) here for the next 2 weeks. http://4cast.fr/peoplelikeus/NMNM/

The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, in collaboration with the Théâtre Princesse Grace, had originally invited People Like Us to interpret her live cinema performance The Mirror. The performance was to be part of the associated program of the exhibition Variations – Eugène Frey’s Light Set Projections presented by João Maria Gusmão at the Villa Paloma until August 30th.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the performance was postponed. However the intention to disseminate and promote the artist’s work has enabled a rescheduling and made available a selection of the artist’s works which will be accessible for the duration of one week.

http://4cast.fr/peoplelikeus/NMNM/

Forma’s Online Screening Programme

People Like Us will be streaming the video The Horror!! on Forma’s website between 18 May until 20 May 2020:

A selection of artists, including People Like Us, who have contributed to Forma’s 18 year history, as well as present and future collaborators, have chosen existing work to return to in a time of change, uncertainty and adaptation. Each film will be screened for 72 hours, with new work made available every Monday and Thursday in the upcoming weeks. Each film will be accompanied by a short Q&A between the artist and Forma, asking what has changed, what has stayed the same and what they’ve been up to in the meantime.

Artists include: Gina CzarneckiBenedict DrewAmartey GoldingSophie HoyleGareth HudsonBeth KettelPeople Like UsHimali Singh SoinSorbus and Jane and Louise Wilson.

The programme will launch on the 11 May on this page; screenings will be announced via Forma’s Instagram and Twitter channels. The People Like Us film will screen between 18 May until 20 May 2020.

Q&A with Leila Hasham, Deputy Director (Maternity Cover)

You source your clips from both audio and moving image pre-existing material to weave new threads and create patchworks of associations. How do you decide on a particular pairing and sequencing of audio and visual material?

I choose an umbrella subject, big enough to have room for all sorts of tangents. For instance my current live performance (sigh… remember those?) is called The Mirror, which allows for all sorts of threads to do with the obvious reflection but also more interesting and obscure twists and turns in context and content like that of surface, duality, screens, frames and so on. The pairings are sometimes ideas that come in advance, but more often from collecting subject matter, hundreds of clips for several months then putting them together on a computer audio or visual timeline and moving them around to see how they talk to each other.

What prompted you to look at the darker side of celluloid in The Horror!!?

I don’t actually watch horror films for entertainment (although I did when I was a teenager). But I like how in these movies everyone is equal – both the goodies and the baddies are having a bad time, they are all suffering at once, and then you have to remind yourself when you get spooked that they are all actors pretending to have a bad time – and I like the way that stories are often so real that we are so tied into the plot that we can be deeply affected, because it is so much like our own minds, full of stories… but only a certain amount of stories exist, and we just put new names and places onto these things.

In a post-digital world, what role do physical archives play?

Time is a funny thing, and this is what we are referring to with definitions like this. They don’t mean that much to me. We are all dealing with the present. And as you read this that previous sentence is the past. It is all relative, and we all relate, we are all interconnected. What role does any archive play is the bigger question, not what format it is – it is a library, which needs to be shared or it is dead, much like our memories and experiences. What role do they play? They are a point of connection from which to move forward with our lives.

This is a strange time since time is both long and short at the same time, and the mass consciousness right now feels very disturbed and I’m finding it very hard to concentrate on art. I am able to do admin though, so that’s an interesting thing! What are you currently working on and how are you passing the time and staying sane?

To stay sane” I’ve been tuning into London Buddhist Centre on YouTube most days, and also doing Zoom meditations with a couple of different groups. In addition I’ve been at my allotment, which feels like the only normal place right now.

What you up to? is an unfolding online screening programme, inviting artists who have contributed to Forma’s 18 year history of creative production and commissioning to select an existing moving image work to revisit in a time of global change. In accompanying socially-distanced Q&As, Forma staff and the artists catch up on how practices and perspectives are shifting, and what is keeping us occupied during quarantine. Films will be available to stream on the Forma website for 72 hours, updating on Monday and Thursdays.