Vicki Bennett will be speaking at our day-symposium ACTIVATING THE ARCHIVE: Contemporary Uses of Visual Archives held at Arnolfini alongside Thomas Sauvin, Amak Mahmoodian, Charbel Saad, Vicki Bennett, Francesca Seravalle and guest contributor Kensuke Koike on the May 5th 2018. This event is supported by Arts Council of England and co-presented with Arnolfini. Early bird tickets are still available, limited capacity.




Still from The Mirror by Vicki Bennett.



1: What has led you to working with archival material?

Availability and Abundance.  The triple A.  I consider what I do as Folk Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction.


2: How do you activate archives within your practice?

I source from both audio and moving image preexisting material and weave new threads, creating patchworks.  The only rule I make is that I am transformative, and through collage hope the audience see many layers and reflections in the results.


3: In a post-digital world, what role do physical archives play?

We are the archives, our bodies, voices, neural networks.  The digital or analogue archives exist before and after us, we are the ones who activate them, move them around, present them, hide them, the medium isn’t necessarily the message.


4: Briefly, what can we expect from your talk?

To tell stories of my tangential journeys through preexisting media.  We are all working with archives, since the past is every moment up to this time, that past sentence that you read is already gone.  The key intentions of my work are to be engaging and transformative and to elevate, and I hope that I can do that with my talk.  It hopefully will make you laugh in places too.


Vicki Bennett produces audio-visual, moving image works and live performance for audiences at festivals and galleries across the world. The Mirror is a live a/v performance which splices together movie snippets with unique sample-based music exploring 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.