West London Buddhist Centre

Artist Talk at WLBC

Published in Non-Regular Cultural Event

  • Sat Apr 25th 2015
  • 7:00 pm
  • 9:00 pm
  • Booking not Required

No One Is An Island: the multimedia collage work of People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett)

In this evening, Vicki will present excerpts her moving image and music work, reflecting on how both humour and working with collage within her art reveal the interconnectivity between our ideas, and that indeed no one is an island. To the contrary, every idea we have is a result of the people and things that we surround ourselves with, and that we should not cling to thoughts and ideas as if they are our own, but use them as a gift and then pass them on for others to benefit from.

Under the name “People Like Us”, artist Vicki Bennett has been making her work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, concert appearances, gallery exhibits and online streaming and distribution for more than 20 years. Since her first release in 1992, Bennett has developed an immediately recognisable aesthetic repurposing pre-existing footage to craft audio and video collages with an equally dark and witty take on popular culture. She sees sampling and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Embedded in her work is the premise that all is interconnected and that claiming ownership of an “original” or isolated concept is both preposterous and redundant.

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