Craig Baldwin b. 1952
Sonic Outlaws (1995)
Duration: 28 min.
Within days after the release of Negativland's clever parody of U2 and Casey Kasem, recording industry giant Island Records descended upon the band with a battery of lawyers intent on erasing the piece from the history of rock music.
Craig "Tribulation 99" Baldwin follows this and other intellectual property controversies across the contemporary arts scene. Playful and ironic, his cut-and-paste collage-essay surveys the prospects for an "electronic folk culture" in the midst of an increasingly commodified corporate media landscape.
"Gleefully Anarchic!" - Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Baldwin conceptualizes history as a lurid exploitation flick" - J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Our sense of the shape of creativity and of originality must always be in question if we are to flourish. Sonic Outlaws does precisely that." - Chris Chang, Film Comment