Thursday, October 08, 2009

Mark Hosler: "Adventures in Illegal Art" on Sunday, October 11 at Natasha's Bistro

(Courtesy of Saraya. Extra credit opportunity for my students)

Hey all - this is going to be a really great presentation on corporate media, pop culture, intellectual property and the interplay between. Not sure if you are familiar with Negativland but they are pretty culturally significant - they have been pushing the buttons of corporate media pretty hard since the early 1980s, and the topics covered are still very relevant today. thought you might be able to pass it on to anyone you felt might be interested - students, faculty or friends. Thanks so much!

Cultural icon Mark Hosler, founding member of Negativland will give his multi-media presentation "Adventures in Illegal Art" on Sunday, October 11 at Natasha's Bistro in conjunction with WRFL 88.1's 21st birthday extravaganza, BOOMSLANG.

"Pranks, media hoaxes, media literacy, the art of collage, creative activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, artistic and funny critiques of mass media and culture, so-called “culture jamming”.... even if you've never heard of Negativland, if you are interested in any of these issues we think you’ll find this presentation worth your time and attention.

"Is Negativland a “band”? Media hoaxers? Activists? Artists? Musicians? Filmmakers? Culture jammers? Comedians? An inspiration for the unwashed many? A nuisance for the corporate few? Decide for yourself in this presentation that uses films and stories to illustrate the many creative projects, hoaxes, pranks and "culture jamming" that Negativland has been doing since 1980.

Most famous for getting sued for their “U2” single, Negativland has had many years of experience being a tiny thorn in the side of the corporate media and entertainment biz. They’ve released a gazillion CDs, do occasional tours, published a few books, make little movies, put on art shows, and were the subject of San Francisco filmmaker Craig Baldwin’s 1995 feature film “SONIC OUTLAWS”."

Offthesky, a sound & video performance by former WRFL DJ Jason Corder, will open. Sunday, October 11, 4:30 p.m. Nastasha's Bistro is located at 112 Esplanade. Please be aware that Main and Short Streets will be closed for Second Sunday; you will need park a couple blocks away, or walk or ride a bike.

$3 general public, FREE with festival pass!

Other Boomslang acts throughout the weekend include Os Mutantes, Faust, Atlas Sound, Mission of Burma, The Black Angels and Papa M. The festival will also include workshops, sonic experiments, art & literary events, a film showing at KET, and a free, all ages carnival featuring fire twirlers, glass-walkers, spoon benders, a circus-themed fashion show, participatory workshops and installations and much more. For more information, including scheduling and ticket info, please visit Bommslang

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