Negativland’s new album, IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD, finds the group
tackling their biggest subject ever: why humans believe in God.
Millennia-in-development, this ambitious and densely-crafted double CD
is packaged inside an actual Holy Bible which has been appropriately
repurposed into a “found” art object.
IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD intends to entertain, inform, and provoke. On
the CDs, Negativland mixes found music, found sound, found dialogue,
guest personalities and original electronic noises into a compelling
and thoughtful musical essay that looks at monotheism, Christianity,
Islam, Judaism, neuroscience, suicide bombers, 9/11, colas, war,
shaved chimps, and the all-important role played by the human brain in
our beliefs. Reading the attached Bible is optional.
More about Negativland:
Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Negativland, a
performance and recording group based in 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
re-arranges 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, the evolving art of
collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative
anti-corporate activism in a 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.
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