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Oral Histories: Vicki Bennett

May 2014

The collage artist also known as People Like Us talks about her beginnings in experimental radio broadcasting in the second instalment of our oral histories series.

Vicki Bennett's People Like Us began life as a three hour radio show on Brighton's Festival Radio in 1990 called Gobstopper. She went on to release around 20 solo albums based on her radio sound collages, but after a decade working primarily with sound, has increasingly worked with film and images. She has recently produced collage and split screen work, including 2013's touring film and performance piece Notations, a film used as a score for improvising musicians.

An advocate of open digital distribution, Bennett's entire back catalogue is available for download via UbuWeb, and she is also the host of long-running radio show Do Or DIY on WFMU. She has collaborated extensively with Ergo Phizmiz, Negativland's Don Joyce, Wobbly and Kenneth Goldsmith, and many others.

The interview took place at Bennett's home in South London in December 2013.

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