We Edit Life: a retrospective exhibition

16 May 2008 – 12 Jul 2008


Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom


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People Like Us


This is the first retrospective exhibition of work by People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett). For the past seventeen years British artist Vicki Bennett has been an influential figure in the field of audio visual collage, through her innovative sampling, appropriating and cutting up of found footage and archives. Using collage as her main form of expression, she creates audio recordings, films and radio shows that communicate a humorous, dark and often surreal view on life. The exhibition will focus on the concept of collage, showing an edited selection of her work, including twenty album releases, numerous singles and remixes, live sets, seven films and over a hundred and fifty radio shows. These collages mix, manipulate and rework original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film, television and radio. People Like Us believe in open access to archives for creative use, and have made work using footage from the Prelinger Archives, The Internet Archive, and A/V Geeks. In 2006 she was the first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive. People Like Us have previously shown work at Tate Modern, Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre and Sonar, and performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. The ongoing sound art radio show ‘Do or DIY' on WFMU has had over three quarters of a million hits since 2003. The People Like Us back catalogue is available for free download hosted by UbuWeb, www.ubu.com. For more information and downloads see: www.peoplelikeus.org Every week during the exhibition a different collection of special downloads from the People Like Us archive will be available from the gallery, bring your memory stick along for a free take away! A specially commissioned essay by Dr. Drew Daniel of Matmos accompanies the exhibition. The exhibition launches a new CD curated by Vicki Bennett for Sonic Arts Network called ‘Smiling Through My Teeth', a compilation of humorous music and sound art.


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