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Negativland + SUE-C Live Double Feature: Documentary + Performance of We Can Really Feel Like We're Here

Negativland + SUE-C Live Double Feature: Documentary + Performance of We Can Really Feel Like We're Here

Doors 6pm, film at 6:45, live show at 9pm
Presented by the Pilot Light & Knoxville Community Media.

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: We Can Really Feel Like We’re Here.

Not only will we be screening Ryan Worsley's amazing new feature film Stand By For Failure: A Documentary About Negativland, but this will be followed by a live stage performance of Negativland with We Can Really Feel Like We’re Here, accompanied by SUE-C’s unique and immersive visuals.


If you’re under forty-five years of age, there’s a good chance that you reference stories and life-lessons from video games more often than you do lines from films. Today’s generation gap comes in part from a schism of media consumption habits that occurred three decades ago, when gaming outpaced cinema and television as the state-of-the-art for narrative storytelling. Not only are the stories being told different — the way in which they are being told say different things about human agency, and the rules that govern the changing of the rules.

Power holds the status quo in place by pitting those who oppose it against each other. But trust between us prisoners grows when one realizes that all sales are not final, and that both sides have always been playing an Infinite Game. Join Negativland and the virtual SUE-C for a dangerous night of legacy audiovisual entertainment: We Can Really Feel Like We’re Here.
Negativland + SUE-C on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert: https://tinyurl.com/negativland-sue-c-tinydesk

“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



Since childhood, David “The Weatherman” Wills has recorded and reported on anything that grabs his attention. When he and friends Richard Lyons and Mark Hosler formed Negativland, it soon became a collage of sounds and visuals, both ordinary and extraordinary. The group’s work is so expansive and unique that it cannot help but push boundaries of sound, media, propaganda, and perception. (Ryan Worsley, US, 2022, 96m)
Trailer: tinyurl.com/standbyforfailure

“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

“40+ 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



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.

“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.’”
- Dave Segal, The Stranger

"Negativland are proud subverters of culture, causing trouble while having fun."
- NPR Tiny Desk Concert



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. After finishing her masters degree in engineering at UC Berkeley she moved to Oakland where she became co-owner of the Ego Park gallery and helped launch the First Friday art walks.

Her performances blend cinema and technology into an organic, improvisational and immersive act, created from live cameras, light pads and video algorithms. She has always pushed the boundaries of human-computer interaction, employing emerging technologies and inventing many of her own, both through performance and tinkering with hundreds of students in her well established teaching practice. She is currently a Video Designer at Meow Wolf.

Central Cinema
06:00 PM - 11:59 PM on Sat, 8 Jun 2024

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Central Cinema
1205 North Central Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917