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Special Event:
Thursday, February 4
McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070

Presented in association with the Department of Studio Art, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and the Center in Law, Society, and Culture


Introduced by Yvonne Rainer, Distinguished Professor of Studio Art
Programmed by Martha Gever, Associate Professor of Studio Art

Reception:  6:30 p.m.
Performance: 7:30 p.m.
FREE Admission

(No lawyers were harmed in the making of this event)

"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

Mark Hosler presents a video and story-telling performance about the work of Negativland, an experimental film collaborative.  Hosler, a founding member of the group, illustrates the many creative collages, hoaxes, pranks, and "culture jamming" characteristic of their work.   Among the issues to be addressed are 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. 

NEGATIVLAND:  Since 1980, NEGATIVLAND has created records, video, radio, books, and live performance using appropriations taken mostly from corporate-owned mass culture. Bits and pieces are rearranged to say things they were never intended to.  In enacting 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 involved in advocating a significant reform of this nation's copyright laws.  Negativland is now on the advisory board of a Washington, D.C.-based intellectual property lobbying group called  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.

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