ATC 9/14: Mark Hosler of Negativland

The UC Berkeley Center for New Media’s Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium shifts into gear this Monday with Mark Hosler of Negativland.

7:30 – 9:00 PM

160 Kroeber Hall

If you are a media artist in the Bay Area the ATC is invariably one series not to miss. If you aren’t familiar, let me catch you up to speed.

Berkeley’s ATC lecture series is an internationally known forum for presenting new ideas that challenge conventional wisdom about technology and culture. This series, free of charge and open to the public, presents artists, writers, curators, and scholars who consider contemporary issues at the intersection of aesthetic expression, emerging technologies, and cultural history, from a critical perspective.

Since its founding in 1997, the series has presented over 100 speakers, including Billy Kluver, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, Miranda July, Gary Hill, and Bruno Latour.

This season has a pretty unbelievable lineup, including Camille Utterback, Candice Breitz, Ben Rubin, Mark Tribe, David Harrington, Joe McKay, Shari Frilot, Leo Villareal, Anne Walsh and Chris Kubick, and Eugene Thacker. Camille‘s should be interesting for sure – she’s one of the artist for the opening exhibition of the Gray  Area Gallery on October 1st.

But, for Monday…Mark Hosler. If you aren’t familiar with Negativland, be sure to look them up.

Even if you’ve never heard of Negativland, this talk will be of interest if you want to learn about: pranks, media hoaxes, media literacy, the art of collage, creative activism in a media-saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, artistic critiques of mass media and culture, so-called “culture jamming” (a term coined by Negativland way back in 1984)….

Widely known for being sued for their “U2” single, Negativland have for many years been a thorn in the side of corporations.  They’ve released many CDs, gone on tours, and were the subject of San Francisco filmmaker Craig Baldwin’s 1995 feature film “SONIC OUTLAWS”. “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.

Mark Hosler is a founding member of the group Negativland, which since 1980 has created records, video, radio and live performance using appropriated sound, image and text.  Mark has been aggressively and publicly involved in advocating a significant reform of copyright laws, publishing on these issues for Billboard Magazine, Keyboard Magazine, College Music Journal, NYU Law Commentator and others. He has lectured at the Universities of Arizona, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Chapel Hill, as well as at MIT, Yale, NYU, Seattle University School of Law, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and at various venues in Washington D.C, New York City, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Toronto, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Melbourne Australia and more.  He was the keynote speaker at the 2004 Allied Media Conference, spoke at the Regional Conference to End Corporate Dominance in Portland Oregon, at the Conference On The Public Domain at Duke University, as part of alternative events during the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in 2008.

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