Vicki Bennett’s film-collage-as-visual-score Notations is created from hundreds of different film clips, where the content conceptually or literally portrays different kinds of instructions to be read by the improvising artists on stage as a visual score. The film/performance toured the UK in November 2013 after premiering at Ilan Volkov's TECTONICS Festival in Reykjavik earlier in the year. This marks a return to working with improvised audio and video, both on radio and in front of an audience. Between 1996-2003 Vicki performed both solo and with Jon Leidecker (Wobbly), Matt Wand (Stock, Hausen and Walkman), Matmos, members of Negativland and Kenneth Goldsmith.
To soundtrack Notations, each show featured a different combination of artists: Bill Orcutt, Rhodri Davies, M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Philip Jeck, Jaap Blonk, Steve Noble, Wobbly, Mark Sanders, Tomomi Adachi and Jennifer Walshe.
NEWCASTLE Star & Shadow - BILL ORCUTT / RHODRI DAVIES / MARK SANDERS
MANCHESTER Kraak - M.C. SCHMIDT / WOBBLY / JENNIFER WALSHE
LEEDS Hyde Park Cinema (Leeds International Film Festival) - M.C. SCHMIDT / WOBBLY / TOMOMI ADACHI
LONDON Cafe Oto - JAAP BLONK / PHILIP JECK
BRISTOL Arnofini - JAAP BLONK / PHILIP JECK / STEVE NOBLE
Each event begun with an a/v performance by People Like Us of "Consequences (One Thing Leads To Another)", which places similar subject matter side by side to construct the narrative, a story emerging as a sum of the preceding parts yet digressing on a tangent.
Vicki Bennett is 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 that communicate a humorous, dark and often surreal view on life. Vicki operates under the moniker People Like Us and promotes an open access to archives for creative use.
Notations UK Tour was produced by Tusk and commissioned by Sound and Music as part of their Touring Programme for 2013.