This world premiere of the new live A/V set of People Like Us (PLU) is presented as an exclusive transmediale and CTM edition that applies a collage approach to networks in which ideas, images, and sounds travel in between the mundane and the unexpected. Using collaged/composed found audiovisual footage, the performance places similar subject matter side by side, where a story emerges as a sum of the parts, then digresses on a tangent. The performance reflects promises of abundance and utopia, in stark and sometimes humorous contrast with images and metaphors of drought, scarcity, and The End Of The World As We Know It, while also inviting you to enjoy the original meaning of the word “copy” (the name of the Roman goddess of abundance), rather than today’s concept of a “degraded” or “illegal” version of an original. In the imagination of simultaneously near and distant worlds stirred up by PLU, the supposedly original and authentic is always revealed as being part of a wider network, as relying on yet another layer. The identifying factors of an object (such as speed, dimensions, and size) are not central to its actual essence of being, that is, they are not fixed but are reliant upon the conditions of the person experiencing it, namely where and when they are situated in the network of ideas.
NB: “Consequences” here is defined in two ways: 1) the result of some previous action; 2) a game (named “Exquisite Corpse” by the Surrealists) in which a story is created by assembling subject matter “blindly” in relation to a small amount of information made visible before it acts as a continuation point.
In collaboration with transmediale.
Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been an influential figure in the field of audiovisual collage through her innovative sampling and appropriation of found footage and archives.
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