COA Presents Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland

Posted Sept. 17, 2013, at 3:37 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:47 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic, Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Jodi Baker; 207- 801-5736;

BAR HARBOR, ME—Negativland founding member Mark Hosler will present “Adventures In Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland,” 90-minutes of storytelling and film, at College of the Atlantic on Saturday, September 28 at 7 pm at the Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center. Discussion and Q & A will follow.

Made by Negativland in collaboration with various other experimental filmmakers, “Adventures In Illegal Art” is a presentation of a series of short videos in which Negativland carries its love for found sounds and their critical and humorous reuse of mass culture over into the world of experimental movie making.

Over the last 30 years, Negativland’s work has touched on a number of issues that are very much in public view these days: creative anti-corporate activism, media literacy, intellectual property issues and evolving notions of ownership and law in a digital age, the art of collage, artistic and comic critiques of mass media and culture, pranks and media hoaxes, and so-called “culture jamming” (a term coined by Negativland in 1984). 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 and perception in the US. Their work is now referenced and taught in many college courses across the nation, has been written about and mentioned in over 150 books, cited in legal journals, and they often lecture about their work in US and in Europe.

“Mark Hosler is an artist and activist in the first degree, he is incredibly well-informed, articulate and entertaining,” said COA’s Colin Capers, Lecturer in Film and Writing. “He works in – and looks carefully at – the areas in which creative expression (from arts to the sciences), society, and commerce brush up against each other. For human ecologists, this is a fruitful and important area for investigation and action. Few people realize that legal precedents set in cases involving sampling in hip-hop records can later effect decisions involving GMO’s. The legal battles fought concerning intellectual property and ownership will deeply govern all aspects of our life in the near and distant future. Also, this guy has a great sense of humor.”

The event is sponsored by the COA Student Activities Committee and the Art/Design Resource Area, and is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Jodi Baker at or 207-801-5736.

About College of the Atlantic

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DISCUSSION: Saturday, September 28 at 7 pm COA presents an evening with Mark Hosler called “Adventures In Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland.” Discussion and Q&A will follow. College of the Atlantic, Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME. or 207- 801-5736.