Release anticipates forthcoming full-length The World Will Decide out this fall
Perhaps America’s most skilled plunderers from the detritus of 20th century commercial culture… – WIRED
Hello, world! Ever stared at your favorite news website and wondered how to even begin reverse engineering your way back to the reality in the stories under those headlines? If you’re running out of that kind of strength, then your old jammer friends in Negativland have a new browser extension — and even a new album of music — to help you begin taking the first genuine vacation of your entire life.
THE WORLD WILL DECIDE is the soon to be announced sequel album that concludes Negativland’s interconnected two part opus that began with TRUE FALSE in 2019. And what better way to promote it than with a downloadable work of media art that seizes your Chrome browser and turns any website you’ve trained it upon into a real time visual for our track, “DISCERNMENT?”
Created in collaboration with digital artist Dina Kelberman (creator of the online project “I’m Google,” and co-author of the Adult Swim Infomercials “Unedited Footage of a Bear” and “This House Has People In It”), ‘DISCERNMENT.CRX’ can be viewed in action in a screen capture here. But the real fun begins when you load up your favorite trusted news source and watch recognizable fragments of today’s news cycle mulched into something just as meaningful as the ads placed beside each of the facts. Download the extension yourself and play it anywhere – MSNBC, Breitbart, Snopes, CDC, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, Fox News, Apple, New York Times, Facebook, Wikipedia, The Guardian, Financial Times, Craigslist, Washington Post… try them all!
Looking back before looking ahead, and in anticipation of the soon to be revealed THE WORLD WILL DECIDE, this free Chrome extension of the TRUE FALSE track ‘DISCERNMENT’ can be downloaded from the Chrome Extension Store at this very moment.
Demo video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZsRFxzw6sg
Dina Kelberman Online
Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Negativland, a multimedia collective originally from 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 surreally 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.
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