MARK HOSLER : ADVENTURES IN ILLEGAL ART: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland

MARK HOSLER : ADVENTURES IN ILLEGAL ART: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 08:02

Lecture / Performance by Mark Hosler
February 4th, 2010
McCormick Screening Room
Humanities Gateway Building, Room 1070
Reception:  6:00PM
Performance:  7:30PM
Admission is free and open to the public.

In this 90-minute presentation (followed by Q&A) Mark Hosler presents a video and story-telling performance about the work of Negativland, made in collaboration with a number of experimental filmmakers. Hosler, a founding member of the group, illustrates the many creative projects, hoaxes, pranks. and "culture jamming" characteristic of Negativland's work. The presentation covers issues of media-literacy, creative and humorous anti-corporate art/activism, the role of advertising and corporate power in our lives, intellectual property issues, and the evolution of art, law and resistance in a media saturated multi-national world. None of the short films shown will ever be seen on TV and much of it is visually in the same legal grey area that Negativland has explored for the last 29 years.

Since 1980, Negativland has created records, video, radio, books, and live performance using appropriations taken mostly from corporately-owned mass culture. Negativland rearranges these bits and pieces to say things they were never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural opposition and "culture jamming" (a term coined by Negativland in 1984), the group has been sued twice for copyright infringement, most notably for their "U2" single, and has, since 1991, been aggressively and publicly involved in advocating a significant reform of this nation's copyright laws. Negativland is now on the advisory board of a Washington DC- based intellectual property lobbying group called As a founding member of Negativland, Hosler has written on these issues for Billboard, Keyboard Magazine, College Music Journal, NYU Law Commentator and others, and he has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject.

"Declared heroic by their peers for refashioning culture into what the group considers to be more honest statements, Negativland suggests that refusing to be original, in the traditional sense, is the only way to make art that has any depth within commodity capitalism."

-- New York Times

"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