Negativland LIVE Double Feature

Negativland LIVE Double Feature

7:30pm - Saturday, Aug 10, 2024

Negativland + SUE-C with a Special LIVE Double-Feature!

Legendary sound collage group Negativland and “real-time cinema” visual artist SUE-C collaborate to bring you their latest audio-visual performance about our minds, our realities, and the evolving forms of media and technology that orchestrate our perceptions as we head into our next election: WE CAN REALLY FEEL LIKE WE’RE HERE.

We'll start the evening with a one-time-only screening of the amazing feature film STAND BY FOR FAILURE: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT NEGATIVLAND, followed by a brief Q&A with the band. Following a brief intermission and stage reset, the audience will be treated to a dynamic live performance from Negativland in WE CAN REALLY FEEL LIKE WE’RE HERE, accompanied by SUE-C's unique and immersive visuals.

Negativland performs with video designed and produced by SUE-C, who appears virtually.

“An urgent show by Negativland and artist SUE-C calls time on a tech dystopia that is as malevolent as it is stupid… to meet the terrifying contemporary moment… as the world slides incrementally into meltdown.” (The Wire Magazine)

"Declared heroic by their peers for refashioning culture into what the group considers to
be more honest statements, Negativland suggests that refusing to be original, in the
traditional sense, is the only way to make art that has any depth within commodity
capitalism...” (New York Times)

“Negativland have made a rewarding career out of being prodigious consumers of media who then digest it and recontextualize it, emphasizing mediated reality’s crazy-making absurdity and the infinite malleability of perception and ‘truth.’” (The Stranger)

“Negativland are proud subverters of culture, causing trouble while having fun.” (NPR Tiny Desk Concert)

Saturday, August 10
Doors 7:00 pm | Event 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.

Early Bird Tickets just $35 + s/c (Until July 22)
Tickets $45+ s/c | $55 at the door
Discount pricing for groups of 4 -- Sold online only!

About the Band

Since 1980, the multimedia collective known as Negativland 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 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. Their art and media interventions pose both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, technology, 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 about and cited in over 150 books and legal journals, and they sometimes lecture about their work in the USA and in Europe.

Sue Slagle (SUE-C) is an award-winning artist, engineer and educator whose work in “real time cinema” presents a new, imaginative perspective on live performance. Her evolution as a new media artist began in late-90s San Francisco where she was an influential member of the electronic music scene, owning the experimental record label Orthlorng Musork, organizing audio-visual cultural events and teaching the first creative coding classes in Max Software. Her performances blend cinema and technology into an organic, improvisational and immersive act, created from live cameras, light pads and video algorithms.

She is currently a Video Designer at Meow Wolf.


IG: @negativlandland
Twitter: @negativlandland

On Stand By For Failure: A Documentary About Negativland

“If you want to be inspired by individuals who dare to bust down the doors of art’s gatekeepers, then Stand By For Failure is the way to go.” (Film Threat)

“Few artists have logged as many hours on the battlefield of fair use, let alone questioned as persistently the associated legal constraints around intellectual property, as Negativland, whose sonic, visual and performance appropriations and parodies have challenged eyeballs, eardrums and moral standards alike since the late 1970s.” (The Wire)

“Forty-plus years of Negativland metamedia, recontextualized into popular feature length documentary entertainment format by Ryan Worsley. You’ve seen and heard it all! But you’ve never seen and heard it like this!” (Boing Boing)

*Minors OK. Must be 19+ w/ID bar service.
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