'It's probably easy today to dismiss Negativland's
activities as trifle, banal or plain stupid. They probably wouldn't be too uncomfortable with that, as they rarely claimed to go beyond the softest platitudes of the entertainment biz. No Other Possibility
(1989, 58 mins, .avi d/l link
), their first video work, showcases the band at a career threshold, before their U2ploitation
move and just after their Christianity hoax
. It typically explores the debris of American pop culture, dealing with automobile fetishism, televised preaching, halloween traditions, Marlboro masculinity, soft drinks and MTV.' [more inside]
posted by item
on Nov 30, 2012 -
If you're a fan of William Burroughs' work, a complete reading of Junkie, by William Burroughs himself
, has recently appeared online, for free. Junkie (alternately titled Junky) is a 1953 semi-autobiographical novel by William S. Burroughs, published initially under the pseudonym "William Lee". It was his first published novel and has come to be considered a seminal text on the lifestyle of heroin addicts in the early 1950s.
Also some Burroughs movies
, which include The Cut-Up Films, interviews, Burroughs The Movie and Shotgun Paintings.
posted by nickyskye
on Aug 7, 2012 -
35 full-length Viennese Actionist films 1957-1969. *NSFW*
(Extreme graphic & scatological situations.) "The term Viennese Actionism
describes a short and violent movement in 20th century art that can be regarded as part of the many independent efforts of the 1960s to develop 'action art' (Fluxus, Happening, Performance, Body Art, etc.)." Previously: 1
, 2. [more inside]
posted by Skygazer
on Jul 14, 2012 -
The Avant Garde Project is a series of recordings of 20th-century classical, experimental, and electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.
Until now, of course. [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Jun 28, 2011 -
"Starting with the precedents set by Charles Ives and John Cage, VARIATIONS
presents the principal milestones of Sampling Music, looking at examples from 20th century composition, popular art and the mass media, and the way all of these currents converge today." Curated by Jon Leidecker, who records and performs as Wobbly
"Poet Kenneth Goldsmith presents selections from UbuWeb, the learned and varietous online repository concerning concrete & sound poetry, experimental film, outsider art and all things avant-garde" in Avant-Garde All the Time
. Goldsmith's the founding editor of UbuWeb
and sometime DJ on WFMU
as Kenny G
- a 14-part podcast about the history and practice of sound collage and mashups. )
posted by moonmilk
on Mar 20, 2010 -
The Collected Works of Racter
: "A tree or shrub can grow and bloom. I am always the same. But I am clever."
Or, perhaps more useful than poetry, "A Method for Sorting Cows."
Have I read this
before, or merely something like it? "A piece that is essentially the same as a piece made by any of the first conceptual artists, dated two years earlier than the original and signed by somebody else. "
In our confusion, we can settle for simple non-sequitor:
The Ubuweb Anthology of Conceptual Writing.
posted by kaibutsu
on May 5, 2004 -
Before there was McSweeney's...
Phyllis Johnson published 10 issues of Aspen, a multimedia magazine in a box to which the USPS denied
second-class mail rates. After a few issues that stayed close to the ski resort in terms of theme, the magazine began bringing in guest editors and addressing cutting edge art and media, in New York, Britain, Asia, and the minds of cultural critics and psychedlic drug users. Andy Warhol participated in Issue 3 and the Fluxus movement dominated Issue 8. There were 10 issues in all, the first 9 of which are featured in this new web adaptation at Ubuweb
At the risk of only posting whenever Andrew Stafford unveils another cool web-native multimedia art project
, I thought a lot of Metafiltrates would appreciate this interpretation of Aspen Magazine
posted by xian
on Nov 15, 2002 -