Ivory Tower
by John Marriott
Flush Animation 200kb
by Corey Bourdeau


Courtesy 0F Psychospace Sound



For immediate release

Idiosyntactix Strategic Arts and Sciences
The Brand Name of the Media Revolution


. A Culture Jam .

It all starts with a special screening of Craig Baldwin's "Sonic Outlaws" at the Bloor Cinema, Wednesday, September 24 at 9:00 p.m. The film, featuring Negativland, John Oswald, The Barbie Liberation Front and others is about culture jammers, people who send out mixed signals to the media in order to cause a disturbance in a system that often goes without check. Mark Hosler, founder of Negativland, has been creating records, video, radio and performances using appropriated sound, image and text since 1980 and will be attending the screening in person to answer questions.

The next stop is Inter/Access at 401 Richmond Street West for the Plunder Debate! Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. Join in for a lively and informative discussion with panelists John Oswald (plunderphonics), Mark Hosler (Negativland), Kathleen Maitland Carter (Curator/ VJ), Oliver Girling (Artist and Critic) and David Basskin (Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency).

Plunderpalooza hits the stage at Lee's Palace on Friday, September 26, 1997 at 7:30 p.m. with a packed evening of multimedia performance featuring Negativland's Mark Hosler and Toronto's own plunder pioneer John Oswald and a rare appearance by veteran culture jammers Sucking Chest Wound.

Negativland's just released album, Dispepsi on Seeland Records, is already #1 on America's College Radio Charts. Having coined the term culture jamming, the band gained international notoriety in 1991 after they were forced to destroy copies of their single "U2" as a result of legal action by Island Records. John Oswald, creator of ground-breaking works such as "Plunderphonics" is among the originators of the genre with works dating back to the mid-1970s. Oswald's latest album, "Plexure" features sound snippets from over 1,000 artists. And expect the unexpected from enigmatic local artists Sucking Chest Wound. Since 1980, SCW have transformed themselves from a free form jazz combo, to an electronic industrial barrage to a post-modern disco band. Record company executives still run and hide at the mention of their name.

Rounding out the festival are Sook-Yin Lee and The Rust Brothers, Victor Warlord and Michael Philip Wojewoda, Monty Cantsin and the One-Armed Bandit. Additional atmospherics will be provided by DJ Saint Blameless, DJ OXO and live video mixer, The Void. Among the other artists contributing video and installation are Princess Superstar, Myfanwy Ashmore and John Marriott.

Tickets for Plunderpalooza at Lee's Palace on Friday, September 26 will be $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Pages Books, Rotate This, and Primal Scream or by calling the number below.


For further information or a press kit, contact:
The PLUNDERPALOOZA Festival Hotline
(416) 469-8378 or email

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