Vicki Bennett has been making audio and visual collage since 1991, when the internet was a fetus and you probably didn't own a computer. She creates her work with the nom de plume People Like Us. It's a moniker that speaks to the role of the collective and popular culture in her work, and a need to belong. Using collage as her medium, she creates audio recordings, films and radio shows that mix and manipulate original sources from both experimental and popular media. Her work has been shown at Tate Modern, The Barbican, Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre, Maxxi in Rome and Sonar, and she's hosted the WFMU radio program Do or DIY since 2003.
Plus, she's a judge for the Past Re-Imagined As the Future
remix contest with the Free Music Archive. In this Q&A, Bennett shares that she's hoping to see
works that are engaging and transformative. As you comb through the
materials in the Prelinger Archives, she reminds us that these videos aren't just about the past, but also about the present, the future, and something timeless.
What first drew you to the practice of AV collage art?
This contest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.