Commissioned by Lovebytes in collaboration with Sheffield Galleries & Museums Trust, Work, Rest and Play, a captivating new video triptych exploring the themes of labour and leisure, industriousness and stillness, is the latest work by renowned multi-media artist, Vicki Bennett.
Work, Rest & Play has been created using industrial and documentary film footage from 1940-1975 to follow the endless chug of the conveyer belt of life. The film has been constructed as a triptych, where the whole is intended to be greater than the sum of the parts. Material from the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks, two of the biggest ephemeral footage libraries in the world, has been pieced together in a symphony of movement and metamorphosis. Images of production lines, factories, and educational and creative industries, are sandwiched by those of the winding up and down processes of the day, the hours of leisure and relaxation, to illustrate the endless whirr of activity in our pursuit of meaning and happiness.
For 16 years Vicki Bennett has been making audio/visual, CD and radio multimedia under the name People Like Us. She appropriates and samples works that exist with a previous context through a witty and dark view of popular culture. Vicki has exhibited extensively, showing work at Tate Modern, Sydney Opera House, and the Pompidou Centre amongst other internationally renowned venues. Most recently Vicki has released an album, 'Perpetuum Mobile' with Ergo Phizmiz, and has just completed 'Trying Things Out', a film initiated during a BBC Creative Archive residency.