New Art Show in Houston!

Posted on: Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Negativland – “Our Favorite Things”
November 6-28, 2010

Opening reception Sat., November 6, 6 to 9 PM

Our Favorite Things” is a mixed-media show created by the multiple minds of Negativland, comprised of brand new visual collages and selections from “Negativlandland”, as well as some older favorites previously exhibited in New York, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

Naü-haus
223 E. 11th St
Houston Texas, 77008
713-482-8357

On view  weekends noon to 5 during
or by appointment / 713-261-1409

30 YEARS OF NEGATIVLAND

Posted on: Monday, September 20th, 2010


face cake

2010 marks the 30th anniversary of Negativland’s self-titled first album, and as we enter our fourth decade, we’ve got plenty brewing behind the scenes.  We’re thrilled to announce that we have returned to the retail universe, thanks to San Francisco’s Revolver USA (after the tragic collapse of Mordam/Lumberjack distribution in 2009, which left plenty of folks high and dry), and our back catalog will soon be available once again for download.  In the works for 2010-11 release on Seeland: It’s All In Your Head FM, V2.0 … our first LP reissued with HANDMADE COVERS … exclusive download-only stuff … The Evolution Control Committee’s latest … a VERY exciting project by The Firesign Theater … and much more.

Negativland to Play Big Ears Festival February 8

Posted on: Sunday, December 7th, 2008

EXPLORATORY ‘BIG EARS FESTIVAL’ ANNOUNCED FOR
FEBRUARY 6 – 8, 2009 IN HISTORIC KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

IMMERSIVE, ADVENTUROUS GATHERING TO INCLUDE PHILIP GLASS, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS, FENNESZ, MICHAEL GIRA, JON HASSELL & MAARIFA STREET, MATMOS, THE NECKS, NEGATIVLAND, PAULINE OLIVEROS AND MANY MORE

The weekend of February 6 – 7 – 8, 2009 will see the maiden voyage of a new “boutique” music festival concept called BIG EARS in Knoxville, Tennessee. The mission of BIG EARS is to create a dynamic cross-genre music and arts festival experience. Spearheaded by Ashley Capps, president of AC Entertainment and longtime fan of cutting edge music, the BIG EARS experience will include concerts by legendary innovators along with young cutting edge visionaries and experimentalists crossing a variety of genres. The festival will also include art installations, exhibitions, performance art, seminars with artists, and interactive experiences.

Perhaps best known as a founder and producer of the acclaimed mega-festival, Bonnaroo, Capps envisions a very different experience at Big Ears, “Big Ears is conceived as a boutique festival, appealing to a very focused audience of music fans with adventurous tastes. We’re hoping to sell a thousand tickets to our inaugural event, but we intend for everyone who attends to have an extraordinary experience.”

Capps envisions BIG EARS as happening several times a year in different cities – with each festival loosely defined by a unifying thread. In keeping with its moniker – BIG EARS is a term often used to describe especially gifted and insightful listeners- the inaugural festival’s concept is about listening. “I have a compelling interest in music that demands your complete attention, that quietly insists that you slow down and listen – and that transports you into another world. It seems that there are others who long for that experience as well. And this is a quality common to the music of many of the artists performing at BIG EARS in February,” says Capps.

Negativland will be performing “It’s All in Your Head FM” on February 8 at 2:30pm, location TBA.

More info at bigearsfestival.com.

Mr. Negativland goes to Washington!

Posted on: Monday, October 27th, 2008

On October 29th & 30th, founding member Mark Hosler was brought out by Digital Freedom to meet with various Congressional Staff, the Consumer Electronics Association, and members of the Library of Congress to discuss, educate and inform around copyright and art issues.

They once swore they’d never become DC lobbyists for progressive intellectual property laws, but now Negativland has.

Sort of.

Founding Negativland member Mark Hosler has been invited by The Digital Freedom Campaign, a fair use advocacy group and broad-based coalition dedicated to defending the rights of artists, consumers and innovators, to travel to Washington DC as a “citizen lobbyist” to speak with various members of Congress about Negativland’s work, methodologies, and the bigger picture of a world where it seems like everyone these days is making collage. When musicians like Girl Talk can become huge pop stars, with millions of teenage fans, and yet it’s still all illegal, then something is still wrong with this picture. Negativland looks forward to this chance to present some different points of view about art, creativity and the law to some of the folks in DC who run this peculiar country of ours.

Here’s the introductory letter Mark will be using using for his visit to Capitol Hill this October:

Some Thoughts for Congress About Creativity and Copyright

(A special thanks to Tim Maloney, Carrie McLaren & Charles Star for help with this letter.)

For questions about DigitalFreedom.org, contact Nancy Tarr at tarr.wager at gmail dot com.

“What Is Remix Culture?”

Posted on: Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Founding Negativland member Mark Hosler was one of the judges in a Fair Use themed video “remix”  contest put on by Total Recut.com. The contest was called “What is Remix Culture?,” and other judges included Larry Lessig, Henry Jenkins, Kembrew McLeod, Matt Mason , Pat Aufderheide, JD Lasica and Luminosity.

The winners can be seen here and Mark’s comments on each of the finalists are here.

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