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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

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.

Somerset House Interview: Opening Doors

This accompanies the artist talk that Vicki gave at Somerset Studios in London in October.

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 Somerset House Studios podcast, we revisit Vicki Bennett’s talk as part of The Wire magazine’s Music By Any Means series, which was part of Grounding Practice, a rolling programme shaped by and for creative practitioners and critical thinkers.

Part of The Wire: Music By Any Means.
Grounding Practice / Somerset House Studios
Audio produced by Weyland Mckenzie-Witter as part of The Creator in Residence Programme at Somerset House, supported by The Rothschild Foundation.

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. 

The Wire Cover Pic!

This is on sale at The Wire’s online shop from 13 April 2021 and from selected newsagents, record and book shops from 15 April 2021. The digital edition of the issue is published online at Exact Editions and in the Wire app.

Includes a career-covering interview and the above cover picture. On The Wire website we’ve shared a 4.5 hour (no point trying to be popular now, is there!) mix of People Like Us, Spenser Tomson has made a selection of PLU tracks, and our 2020 movie Fourth Wall will screen later in the month.

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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

People Like Us on BBC Radio 4 Cut Up show

Author and Wire contributor Ken Hollings has produced a show for BBC Radio 4 on William Burroughs’s cut ups. The show traces the history of the cut up, from its roots in the Dadaist movement through Burroughs and Brion Gysin, to tape splicing and digital editing, looking at the cut up as a satirical device.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33254672

The show “Cutting Up The Cut Up” includes interviews with Armando Iannucci, Cassetteboy, Kevin Foakes (aka DJ Food), Vicki Bennett and others. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 25 June at 11:30am.

‘Cutcast Up-pod’ – featuring additional material from Chris Morris and Negativland – is available here.

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http://www.thewire.co.uk/news/37051/ken-hollings-broadcasting-radio-show-on-williams-burroughs

http://kenhollings.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/the-cut-up-method-end-of-civilized-world.html

 

Recording of Off The Page 2012 – Collateral Damage

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Vicki Bennett, Chris Cutler, Scanner, Blackest Ever Black label head Kiran Sande and The Wire‘s Tony Herrington discuss the impact of digital technology on music making and consumption.

Download or listen here 1:07:36
Vicki Bennett’s Essay in The Wire

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), Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) and Kiran Sande (FACT, Blackest Ever Black) discussed possible responses to the challenges posed by music’s changing eco-system.

The Wire and Sound And Music‘s Off The Page festival took place 24–26 February at The Playhouse Theatre in Whitstable.

The Wire article and audio file

Limited Edition T-Shirt for The Wire magazine

Vicki Bennett Those Who Do Not

Each month, The Wire magazine invites and artist to design a limited edition T-shirt.
http://www.thewire.co.uk/shop/clothing/vicki-bennett-limited-editiont-T-shirt

Those Who Do Not

Printed in a light blue and white on an electric blue T-shirt with The Wire logo and Vicki Bennett Those Who Do Not printed in light blue on the back of the neck. Limited edition of 100 shirts.

Price (including postage and packing): £20 for UK, £22 elsewhere.
Subscriber discount: £2 off per shirt.

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