This anarchic culture magazine was initiated as a protest against the corporate interests overriding community values – such as the building of an inner-city motorway displaced a community of artists – in Wellington, New Zealand, where the publication was originally based. Initially it was produced quickly on a photocopier, wrapped in Christmas paper and then hurled anonymously through the entrances of local businesses. Since relocating to Taiwan, the magazine similar deals with ideas of consumerism, non-responsive governments, and the lack of non-capitalist spaces for artists to work. White Fungus issue 14 features on Taipei performance artist Dawang Yingfan; interviews with musician Stephen O'Malley and artist Simon Denny and a profile of Wang Fujui, one of the pioneers of Taiwanese noise and digital art.
Meet the Residents wasn’t the only element of the avant-garde band’s output that flirted with the unorthodox. The 1974 album Not Available was recorded with the intension of never being issued and was immediately locked in cold storage once finished. Sadly for the band, but happily for the world, a contractual obligation meant that in 1978 the album was finally released. Just as The Residents enjoyed visual parody, they also were fans of undermining societal and industry conventions using the cover song, releasing a collection of golden oldies in 1976, called Third Reich ’n’ Roll (which a particular inflammatory cover featuring Adolf Hitler and a carrot), and a very successful version of the Rolling Stones’ Satisfaction. Twenty years later, in the mid Nineties, the band took the unusual step of re-releasing their back catalogue on CD-ROM, and even soundtracked CD-ROM game Bad Day on the Midway.