Artist Mark Hosler of Negativland to Speak at Free UH Event March 13

It's been nearly 30 years since experimental music collective Negativland began its sonic dissection of big business, politics, society, mass media and popular culture. The group has enjoyed a lengthy, sometimes controversial and productive career, in spite of media hoaxes and lawsuits.

Thanks to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, fans new and old can gain insight into the group's creative motivations when founding member Mark Hosler presents "Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland."

This free lecture/presentation is specifically geared toward UH and Rice University students and takes place at 4 p.m., March 13 in the Jose Quintero Lab Theatre in UH's Mitchell Center building. Reservations are encouraged. It serves as a preview to Negativland's April performance at Rice University, which is part of Aurora Picture Show's Media Archeology festival, which will be broadcast live on KTRU 91.7 FM.

Negativland was formed by Hosler and Richard Lyons in 1979. Using samples from various forms of media (music, television, film) set to compositions, the group's patented sound collages became college radio staples.

Negativland has been at the center of several media storms, including an incident in 1992 when the band released an EP titled "U2," featuring a track containing profane outtakes from a Casey Kasem broadcast in which he discusses the rock band named U2. U2's record label sued, and a lengthy battle followed.

Hosler and Negativland are proponents of intellectual rights, particularly as they relate to fair use of artistic properties.

For more details on Hosler's appearance at UH, visit Reservations can be made by calling 713-743-5749.

WHAT: "Adventures in Illegal Art: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland."
WHEN: 4 p.m., Thursday, March 13
WHERE: UH Jose Quintero Lab Theatre
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard
Houston, Texas
WHO: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH