19 February 2008

Local Events ~ Negativland

I'd like to call your attention to two events taking place later this month at the University of Rochester:

ADVENTURES IN ILLEGAL ART:
CREATIVE MEDIA RESISTANCE AND NEGATIVLAND

Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 PM.
Hoyt Auditorium, River Campus.
University of Rochester
Free and open to all.

A 90-minute film and storytelling presentation by Mark Hosler,
founding member of Negativland, with Q and A to follow.
No lawyers were harmed in the making of this event!

Pranks, media hoaxes, media literacy, the art of collage, creative activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, artistic and funny critiques of mass media and culture, so-called "culture jamming" (a term coined by Negativland way back in 1984).... even if you've never heard of Negativland, if you are interested in any of these issues you're sure to find this funny and inspiring presentation worth your time and attention.

Is Negativland a "band"? Media hoaxers? Activists? Musicians? Filmmakers? Culture jammers? An inspiration for the unwashed many? A nuisance for the corporate few? Decide for yourself in this presentation that uses films and stories to illustrate the many creative projects, hoaxes, pranks and "culture jamming" that Negativland has been doing since 1980.

Most famous for getting sued for their "U2" single, Negativland have had many years of fun being a thorn in the side of the corporate media and entertainment biz. They've released a gazillion CDs, do occasional tours, make little movies, and were the subject of San Francisco filmmaker Craig Baldwin's 1995 feature film Sonic Outlaws.
"Negativland isn't just some group of merry pranksters; its
art is about tearing apart and reassembling found images to
create new ones, in an attempt to make social, political and
artistic statements. Hilarious and chilling." - THE ONION
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Making A Cultural Public Domain

Lattimore Hall 540 Friday, February 29, 2008 Starts at 3:00 pm Free and open to the public.

Mark Hosler, founding member of Negativland, leads this seminar.
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These events are co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology; the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies; the Office of the Provost; the Departments of Humanities and Musicology at the Eastman School of Music; the River Campus Libraries; the University Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies Cluster (UCIS) in Global Studies; and the Mellon Foundation's Central New York Humanities Corridor.

For further information please contact the Department of Anthropology, 585-275-8614 or anthro@mail.rochester.edu

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