Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) is back at CINECITY with her new live audio-visual performance. The Mirror weaves together clips from thousands of movies with unique sample-based music to explore the masks that we wear represented through the lens, using parallel narratives across the screen to depict an ever-changing stream rather than a singular, fixed being, narrative or moment in time.
A feat of research and craft, this new work is a spellbinding inquiry into editing and juxtaposition; a collage one can unthread allowing the viewer to discover hidden stories through familiar images. The soundtrack is performed live, made up from hundreds of pre-existing songs, as well as particular sounds from the original film clips. — Flatpack Film Festival
Images of mirrors – large or small, truthful or deceptive, cracked or haunted – occur again and again throughout Vicki Bennett’s ‘The Mirror’. But there are also other recurring visual themes; tracking shots moving through corridors, arrivals and departures through doorways, doors opening of their own accord, characters leaning into walls as if to test the limits of the reality they find themselves in, disasters both natural and supernatural, and extreme close ups on the human eye. Graham Duff
People Like Us is audiovisual collage artist Vicki Bennett, who has been making work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, performances, gallery exhibits and online streaming for 25 years. Since 1992, she 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.