Quotes

HERE ARE SOME ACTUAL REAL BIG-TIME MEDIA QUOTES ABOUT NEGATIVLAND THAT HELP MAKE US SOUND RESPECTABLE AND LEGIT



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


It’s an often ignored request, but you may pay more attention to the phrase “Please remember to take all your belongings” after seeing Negativland’s eerily mesmerizing new project…
– NEWSWEEK


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


Negativland argues persuasively that creators should be able to appropriate bits and pieces of anything and incorporate them into their work without fear of legal action.
– UTNE READER


Negativland, longtime advocates of fair use allowances for pop media collage, are perhaps America’s most skilled plunderers from the detritus of 20th century commercial culture…the band’s latest project is razor sharp, microscopically focused, terribly fun and a bit psychotic.
– WIRED MAGAZINE


For more than 20 years, Negativland has earned renown for manipulation of both tape and media.
– LOS ANGELES TIMES


Collage pioneers…..genre-defying, densely layered, strangely accessible…..
– WASHINGTON POST


Negativland…known for their media pranks….
– TIME MAGAZINE


A provocation and a punk-inspired commentary on our mercenary culture…eloquent and impassioned spokesmen for ideas like a “creative commons”…it’s salutary to see these smart and influential guys get a gallery show.
– ART IN AMERICA


Negativland are at it again…a parody of soft drink marketing.
– ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


Scathing and entertaining…they believe that the sheer volume of advertising is degrading to the mental and physical environment
– BUSINESS WEEK


Fearless artistes or foolhardy risk-takers….by constantly haranguing the listener with authentic advertising spiel and highlighting its transparency, they kill the messenger, kill the message and produce highly entertaining art simultaneously.
– L.A. WEEKLY


Brutally hilarious…a compelling argument for the anti-copyright movement.
– VILLAGE VOICE


Cut n’ paste sonic collage par excellence…always subversive…
– MUZIK


Negativland’s irreverence tastes of sweet urine and bitter chocolate, the way it should taste.
– URB


Twisted genius…compelling…..parody and satire as a grass roots weapon of consumer resistance.
– ROLLING STONE


Negativland: a sense of humor, brilliant collage work (especially on a purely aesthetic level), and great cultural criticism. These qualities have long been the cornerstone of an artistic and activist career which is second to none…
– TUBA FRENZY


The band hilariously juxtapose and layer sound bites and jingles…to help their targets hang themselves. What if the Pepsi execs actually like the album?
– SPIN


It’s no “Abbey Road”, but it’s a pretty good listen.
– PEPSI SPOKESMEN

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