Eternal September, the rise of amateur culture exhibition at Aksioma, curated by Valentina Tanni. From internet folklore to the deja vu “on the screen” an exploration of “amateur culture” quickly corroding certainties. http://www.aksioma.org/eternal.september/index.html
CD – Seeland
Deconstructing previous forms, and taking a different approach from more normal genres, Negativland (mainly a Mark Hosler production), in a work called ‘Thigmotactic, looks to reveal the evident affinities in the appearance and nature of the sounds used. Intelligence and humour are here applied to the contexts of folk-pop, detourning in enigmatic rhymes and tedious chords, themes obviously caricatural or controversial (such as Nixon’s death, kissing asses, food, television and, finally, love). The traditional techniques of collage and cut-up, are replaced by an ‘emotional plagiarism’, spread over the project (even in the colourful booklet artwork that illustrates every song). A production especially inspired in lyrics – assembled by combining daily speeches, advertising texts, cheap poetry, automatic writings, streams of consciousness and old newspaper articles – but one that is not free from the merits in the development of a comprehensive kind of songwriting. This work speaks of the traditional form of country and delivers a sound which also shows the origin of rock and boisterous but brilliant polts – for example – typical of Jonathan Ritchman.