POSTPONED: NEGATIVLAND – Tickets – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC – November 24th, 2020

Presented by The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds


All Ages
NEGATIVLAND brings their immersive, multi-media show to The Grey Eagle in Asheville NC on November 24! Limited number of seats available.


Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 (or more) Floptops known as Negativland, a multimedia

collective originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, have been creating records,

CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds,

images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things

taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland

surreally re-arrange these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest

things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and

"culture jamming" (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been

sued twice for copyright infringement.

Over the years Negativland's "illegal" collage and appropriation-based audio and

visual works have touched on many things - pranks, media hoaxes, advertising,

media literacy, religion, death, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of

suburban existence, creative activism in our media-saturated and multi-national

world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of

art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of

mass media and mass culture.

While it is true that, after being sued, Negativland became more publicly involved in

advocating significant reforms of our nation's copyright laws (even finding

themselves being brought to Washington DC and Capitol Hill as citizen lobbyists for

copyright and art issues), Negativland are artists first and activists second. All of

their art and media interventions have intended to pose both serious and silly

questions about the nature of sound, media, control, ownership, propaganda, power,

and perception in the United States of America. Their work is now referenced and

taught in many college courses in the US, has been written and cited about in over

150 books and legal journals, and they sometimes lecture about their work here and

in Europe.

While their tactics and art practices have now become something a tween can do

with a few clicks on their smartphone, Negativland is still interested in unusual

noises and images (especially ones that are found close at hand), unusual ways to

restructure such things and combine them with their own music and art, and mass

media transmissions which have been sources and subjects for much of their work.

Negativland covets insightful humor and wackiness from anywhere, low-tech

approaches whenever possible, and vital social targets of any kind. Foregoing

ideological preaching, but interested in side effects, Negativland is a subliminal

cultural sampling service concerned with making art about everything we aren't

supposed to notice.

Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave

Asheville, NC, 28801