Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland

Since 1980, the band Negativland has made records, video, radio, books, and live performances using appropriations taken mostly from corporately-owned mass culture—and they’ve got the lawsuits to prove it. Rearranging content to recontextualize its meaning, the band’s approach to “culture jamming” (a term they coined in 1984) has positioned them as key advocates for significant reform of US copyright laws. In conjunction with UCI’s “Video Dada” exhibition which features 6 videos by Negativland, founding member Mark Hosler will personally present a video and story-telling performance about 30 years of the band’s works—none of which will ever be seen on TV due to legalities.
Thu., Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., 2010


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