Profiles

Mark Hosler of Negativland: "Being on the Internet is about sharing the weird shit that you find."

Mark Hosler is Denver Noise Fest's headliner for Saturday, April 25th at Rhinoceropolis. Hosler is best known as one of the founding and continuous members of legendary experimental band Negativland. That project earned a lifetime of notoriety for the 1991 release of its U2 EP. That art prank proved especially effective, considering U2's then upcoming album Achtung Baby had yet to be released.

The band's mischievous sense of humor and keen intelligence has kept it a relevant entity, but it's more than just ideas: Negativland's creative use of sound collage and cultural appropriation are enduring all on their own.

Hosler never performed as a solo artist until a couple years ago, and he will be throwing caution to the wind with an improvised set created for Denver Noise Fest. Just talking to Hosler, you get a sense of his native curiosity and energetic pursuit of creative projects.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.