Critical Conversation Series

Paul Hamlyn Foundation, ArtWorks NorthEast: Developing Practice in Participatory Settings
Critical Conversation Series

Venue: Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Date: 8th August 2012 7:00 to 9:00pm
Hosts: The Pixel Palace
Chair: Dominic Smith
Speaker: Vicki Bennett

Background Cultural organisations in the North East of England have a strong record of working with artists to develop participatory arts projects in different settings. As part of a national arts research project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and designed to facilitate new dialogues around and understandings of participatory arts practice, the University of Sunderland is working with a consortium of regional partners (ArtWorks North East)* to develop a clearer understanding of what makes for good participatory practice. The overarching aim is to establish an innovative and sustainable cross disciplinary approach to creating excellent practice in participatory leadership.

Critical conversations: dialogues around the practice of arts in participatory settings
As part of this, ArtWorks North East is together hosting a series of ‘critical conversations’ over the next 12 months involving artists, participants, host groups and other collaborators from a variety of art forms. We are inviting different people responsible for creating and delivering participatory work to reflect on their practice, and to open that practice up to discussion by others. Each conversation will take place in an open learning atmosphere in which artists/presenters will share their practice with others and where people feel able to ask challenging questions about that practice in appropriate ways.
The Pixel Palace is delivering one of these events on behalf of the University of Sunderland. This event will focus on Participation in Creative Digital Media and online environments. We would like to discuss the different models of practice which exist and seek your views on issues of quality, process and experience. We hope that the opportunity to reflect on practice will be beneficial for those attending as well as informing this research project.

To book a place please email

Off The Page – The Wire / Sound and Music

Date: Friday 24 – Sunday 26 February 2012
Venue: The Playhouse Theatre, Whitstable
Produced by: Sound and Music and The Wire

People Like Us will be participating in a panel discussion at Off The Page, an event co-produced and curated by The Wire and Sound and Music, in Whitstable, UK on Saturday 25th February 2012.

Off The Page is the UK’s only literary festival devoted to music criticism and audio culture. Taking place in the seaside town of Whitstable in Kent, this unique weekend-long event looks to expand the discourse surrounding contemporary sound and music by bringing together leading critics, authors, musicians and artists in a programme of talks, presentations and panel discussions.

Panel debate
Collateral Damage: Music in a Digital Economy
In recent years, the internet and a raft of new technologies have transformed the ways in which we produce, perceive and consume music. And as the reality of music’s new digital economy starts to bite, musicians and labels are having to rethink both philosophy and practice, addressing the issue of how they create and disseminate work – while some decry the free movement of music across file sharing networks and the collapse of traditional record industry models, others look to exploit the new possibilities offered by crowd sourcing and social networking. For this panel discussion chaired by The Wire’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Tony Herrington, Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), Chris Cutler (ReR Records) and Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) discuss possible responses to the challenges posed by music’s changing eco-system

RadioVision + Record Fair NYC

RadioVision Festival
28th, 29th and 30th October, 2011
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC

WFMU presents a festival celebrating radio’s future as it takes on new forms in the digital age for the medium’s fans, tinkerers and future thinkers. A special opening night performance with Radio Legend Joe Frank, a day of talks, panel discussions and performances, and a hack day for programmers and digital media makers. The festival runs concurrent with the WFMU Record Fair.
Vicki will be speaking at the conference on Saturday 29th October.
Full details at

Sunday 30th October – People Like Us present The Magical Misery Tour at WFMU Record Fair, NYC
3.15pm The Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC

People Like Us talk at Baltic, Newcastle

Saturday 18 June / 14.00-17.00
£8.00 (£6.00 concessions)

BALTIC and Star and Shadow Cinema present a seminar based on the work of Robert Breer and artist animation. Speakers include Paris based film maker and champion of the avant garde, Pip Chodorov, Gary Thomas (Animate Projects), Mat Fleming (Film Bee, Newcastle) and Vicki Bennett (People Like Us).

Star and Shadow will show a related screening on the evening of 18 June (bookable separately from Book tickets at or buy in person from BALTIC SHOP

AV Festival update

A last minute addition if you are at AV Festival in Newcastle – People Like Us will be speaking at today’s Recycled Film Symposium.

Another last minute addition – Craig Baldwin will be joining us to introduce in his special way Nothing Is New, Everything Is Permitted.

Here is the presentation from Vicki Bennett, creator of Genre Collage – at AV Festival 2010.