Negativland  
 
Country:   USA
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Since 1980, the 4 or 5 Floptops known as Negativland have been creating records, fine art, video, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sound, image and text. Mixing original materials and music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture, Negativland re-arranges these bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural opposition and culture jamming (a term coined by Negativland in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement. Okay, but what, you still ask, is Negativland exactly? That's hard to answer. Negativland definitely isn't a "band," though they may look like one when you see their CDs for sale in your local shopping mall. They're more like some sort of goofy yet serious European-style artist/activist collective - an unhealthy mix of John Cage, Lenny Bruce, Pink Floyd, Bruce Connor, Firesign Theatre, Abbie Hoffman, Robert Rauschenberg, 1970's German electronic music, old school punk rock attitude, surrealist performance art, your high school science teacher…and lot's more. Over the years Negativland's "illegal" collage and appropriation based audio and visual works have touched on many things - pranks, media hoaxes, media literacy, the evolving art of collage, creative anti-corporate activism in a media saturated multi-national world, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, artistic and humorous critiques of mass media and culture, and, of course, so-called "culture jamming" (a term now thoroughly and somewhat distastefully commodified by ADBUSTERS magazine). Accessed 12.11.06 from http://negativland.com/riaa/negbio.html
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Yellow black and rectangular Composition - USA Edit
Happy the Harmonica Composition - USA Edit
Cityman Composition - USA Edit
Michael Jackson Composition - USA Edit
The playboy channel Composition - USA Edit
Timezones Composition - USA Edit
views - movies Composition - USA Edit
NEGATIVLAND Album Seeland 001 1980 USA Edit
ESCAPE FROM NOISE LP/CD/CASSETTE SST 133/RecRec 17/Penguin 30041), CD (Seeland 006 - reissued 1999) 1987 USA Edit
Teletour Broadcast via phone line 1988 USA Edit
HELTER STUPID Album Seeland reissue 1989 USA Edit
NEGATIVLAND - NO OTHER POSSIBILITY Video Seeland 005 1989 USA Edit
GUNS! Radio Broadcast for New American Radio 1990 USA Edit
U2/Negativland Album - 1991 USA Edit
ADVERTISING SECRETS Radio Broadcast New American Radio 1991 USA Edit
FAIR USE: THE STORY OF THE LETTER U AND THE NUMERAL 2 BOOK AND CD Seeland 013 1995 USA Edit
SONIC OUTLAWS 16mm documentary film - 1995 USA Edit
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT - UFOs For Christmas Radio Broadcast Dutch Radio VPRO 1996 USA Edit
TRUTH IN ADVERTISING 7 vinyl Eerie Materials 1997 USA Edit
DISPEPSI - - 1997 USA Edit
THE AD AND THE EGO Video Documentary - 1997 USA Edit
Pastor Dick Rains On Your Hit Parade Web Project - 1998 USA Edit
Over the Edge Radio Broadcast KPFA, Berkeley, California from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM Pacific Time on Thursday nights (Friday mornings), EXCEPT the first Thursday of each month when it is not on. When there are 5 Thursdays in a month, the 5th Thursday is a 5 hour show. 1998 USA Edit
THE ABCS OF ANARCHISM CD Seeland 020 1999 USA Edit
DEATHSENTENCES OF THE POLISHED AND STRUCTURALLY WEAK 6 by 12 inch 64-page full-color book which comes with a 45-minute CD soundtrack Seeland 023CD 2002 USA Edit
The Mashin of the Christ Filmic Mashup Peer to Peer Download 2004 USA Edit
No Business CD, Essay, Video - 2005 USA Edit
Negativlandland Exhibition Gigantic Artspace, 59 Franklin Street, New York 2005 USA Edit