Artists' Television Access

Other Cinema: MEDIA ABOUT MEDIA ABOUT MEDIA (DAVENPORT/GOLD: THE NEGATIVLAND STORY)

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8:30 pm, $7

From William (Unsound) Davenport and Leah Gold, here’s a provocative new doc on one of the Bay Area’s most notorious bands. Mixing original sounds with audio taken from corporately owned culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these bits and pieces to make them say things different from the original intention. They’ve earned the title “fathers of culture-jamming” for their hilarious critiques of the mass media and American consumer culture in general. And, through their quotation/collage practice, they’ve stimulated widespread discussion, even change, in intellectual property law, opening up wider spaces in the Commons for artists, musicians, and documentarians. Despite lawsuits and three tragic deaths, the band still survives—regularly broadcasts and tours–after 37 years!


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