Limited run May 12 - 27, 2022


Recombinant Media Labs & Gray Area are proud to announce the US premiere of 360° spatial sound and surround cinema experience Gone, Gone Beyond by People Like Us (Vicki Bennett), following its debut European tour last fall with screenings at nyMusikk in Oslo, the Barbican in London, and more.

Gone, Gone Beyond

Gone, Gone Beyond is an immersive audio-visual spatial cinema work by People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett), which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what's behind.

Using edited collage, sewn together in a giant patchwork, Gone, Gone Beyond creates a seamless wrap-around audiovisual experience on the RML CineChamber's 10 screens and 8-channel speaker system. Pull on a thread and watch whole new narratives expand and unravel all at once on a 360° palette.

The work's title and underlying concepts come from the Heart Sutra, a key Buddhist text, describing how all phenomena are empty in form yet ultimately interconnected. The last lines of the Heart Sutra say ‘gate gate pāragate pārasamgate bodhi svāhā’, which can be translated as “gone, gone beyond, gone beyond that a bit more, and then beyond that a bit further”. This reflects perfectly the action of going beyond the frame to where there are no edges to the narrative – just emptiness.

Commissioned by Naut Humon, the founder of the RML CineChamber, the initial in-process tester movie for Gone, Gone, Beyond, was screened in San Francisco in October 2017 at RML’s own Recombinant Festival at Gray Area.

This is Gone, Gone, Beyond's US premiere, following its European debut tour last fall with screenings at nyMusikk, Oslo; SPILL Festival, Ipswich; Attenborough Centre (ACCA), Brighton; and London Barbican.

"Alternately – often simultaneously – irreverent and unsettling, celebratory and questioning, [People Like Us]'s work sparks outward curiosity and inner journeying."

—Wire Magazine

Join us for an Artist talk followed by a special showing of Gone, Gone Beyond with creator Vicki Bennett (People Like Us).
On Wednesday, May 25, get a look behind the screen as Vicki Bennett shares her creative process in an hour long presentation, expanding her aesthetics from 2D to 3D to create audiovisual content which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind.

Reserve Your Tickets

Tickets now available May 12 - 27

Gray Area
2665 Mission Street
San Francisco

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Tickets: $15 Early Bird, $25 General Admission

Group Rates: For groups of 6 or more, contact us at [email protected] for a group discount.

If you are a student or nonprofit worker, or facing financial hardship, we are offering discounts and scholarships. Apply here.

* No refunds or exchanges.

**Flashing lights and high sound volume may affect those who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photo and audio sensitivities

**To ensure the safety of our community, we are requiring proof of vaccination for all attendees aged 12 or older. Read more about what to expect during your visit.

Since 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) has been working across the field of audio-visual collage, repurposing pre-existing footage to craft audio and video collages with an equally dark and witty take on popular culture. She sees sampling and collage as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. In 2006 she was the first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive. People Like Us have previously shown work at Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, The Barbican, Venice Biennale, Sonar, and more.


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