THE WIRE 40: AN EVENING WITH PEOPLE LIKE US
Friday 1 July 2022 | The Cube, Bristol UK
Doors: 7pm / short films programme: 8pm
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
Review in Tough Sell Zine:
THE WIRE 40: An Evening with People Like Us
@The Cube Microplex (01/07)
Perhaps better known for her audio work, the opening night of The Wire’s 40th birthday celebrations focused on Vicki Bennett’s (aka People Like Us) films.
The evening started with an overview of the artist’s work including maximalist explosions of old industrial documentaries, tongue in cheek pop culture mashups, and recent immersive experiences. For me the extracts of longer works didn’t work so well, never having enough time to fully get into what was going on, but many of the short films were brilliant – from the hilarious mashup of The Hills Are Alive from Sound of Music and This Is The End from Apocalypse Now (The Sound of the End of Music), to the really quite moving combination of depictions of the moon in early experimental and comedy films, with music by Ergo Phizmiz (Moon). What was surprising and delightful was the lack of any cynicism – throughout, Bennett celebrated films from commercials to classics, with an obvious love of the moving image, and the people who made them.
The night really started to come alive with the Q&A with Bennett. The way she talked about her work confirmed her genuine joy in working with existing material. ‘Films want to be friends,’ she replied to questions about how she got things to fit so well together. ‘You do one thing for a long time and magic happens.’
Crowning the evening was a new work, with live performance by Bennett, Ergo Phizmiz and Gwilly Edmondez. It fulfilled the promise teased in the earlier clips, and showed the excellence of Bennett’s work when allowed the space to stretch out, by turns joyous and strange and beguiling. It seemed almost like a celebration of her own career, with clips returning to repeated motifs from earlier work; corridors and cameras, doorways and dreams. As a final encapsulation of the magic Bennett talked of we saw a satanic ritual mixed with a Dadaist poetry exercise; art as a demonic summoning, drawing something from the ether and binding it to yourself.
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.
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
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:
Pleased to say we have another performance lined up (in person again!) of The Mirror, our first in a couple of years since it had to default to screenings recently.
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.
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
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.
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/
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 415.843.1423
Covid policy: Full vaccination (no booster) | Masks strongly encouraged but not required
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.
OVER THE EDGE : “WWW Radio” broadcasting on KPFA
People Like Us & Negativland on KWCW
(with a prelude in the radio show featuring special guest Blevin Blectum)
17 March 2022 | KPFA.ORG | MIDNIGHT-3AM (PT)
A week long residency at Whitman College’s Sheehan Gallery brought Vicki and Negativland & Sue-C to Walla Walla, Washington. It all ended with college radio: a two and half hour long chartsweeping riot broadcasted live from the studios of KWCW containing Vicki, Mark, Wobbly and eventually, one receptacle guest calling in to sing. 98% of that broadcast you’ll hear on Over The Edge tonight, largely as it happened.
You can purchase The Comeback Special in various media formats on The The’s website.
In the past, Vicki has created the video for We Can’t Stop What’s Coming (2017) as well as providing the video backdrop for the The The Comeback Special Tour (2018).
Strictly Kev and his DJ Food Project have been with the record label, Ninja Tune, for over 25 years. He has DJed the world over and mixed hundreds of hours of radio using his 30+ years of experience and vast record collection. His 2012 album, The Search Engine, featured Matt Johnson covering ‘GIANT’ from Soul Mining and he opened for the band during some of The Comeback Special tour in 2018.