Announcing : Multimediale, Capturing the Capital!

Posted by Randall Packer | Wed Mar 7th 2007 6:46 a.m.

A Festival of Art, Politics, and New Media
April 19 - April 22, 2007
Washington, DC

Presented by Provisions Library
in association with the American University Art Department
& the George Washington University Department of Fine Arts & Art History
sponsored by Viridian Restaurant

We are pleased to announce MULTIMEDIALE, a
four-day multimedia arts festival that brings
together artists from the Washington, DC region
centered around the theme: CAPTURING THE CAPITAL!
MULTIMEDIALE seeks to energize the DC arts
community with new ideas about art, society and
politics. Visit our Web site at for news and
dialogue. MULTIMEDIALE is organized by Randall
Packer and curator Niels Van Tomme. All events
are free and open to the public.


Assume the identity of your congressman...
participatory "people's tours" of the Capital...
pray at America's Grave, a burial site for the
nation... a teacart interrogation of government's
involvement in military conflicts... a forensic
striptease that collects false remembrances of
political events... performance protests in front
of surveillance cameras... and much more!


John James Anderson, Ben Azarra, Mark Cooley,
Edgar Endress, Alberto Gaitan, Jeff Gates, Brian
Judy, Bryan Leister, Rebecca Mills, Randall
Packer, Siobhan Rigg, Fereshteh Toosi


Thursday, April 19, 7PM
Lecture: Beral Madra
Art as Mediation
American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC
co-presented by the George Washington University
Department of Fine Arts & Art History

Internationally renowned Turkish curator Beral
Madra is the keynote speaker for Multimediale.
Active in the Middle Eastern political art scene,
she will discuss current strategies of practicing
art as a tool to introduce ways of mutual
understanding, reciprocity and participation - an
important process for democratization, social
awareness, and the emergent mediation between
life and art.

Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22, 12-8PM
Exhibition: Capturing the Capital!
Provisions Library, 1611 Connecticut Ave, 2nd
Floor, Dupont Circle, Washington DC

An exhibition of installations, public
performances, and Net art, conceived as a timely
critique of political conditions in America. The
artists will create site-specific works that
transform the city of Washington DC as a
real-time artistic environment.

Friday, April 20, 8PM
Video art screening: You are my torture / I am your chamber
Provisions Library

An evening of international video art questioning
the abundant presence of media in human existence
at the beginning of the 21st century. The videos
are at times ironically, philosophically or
politically inspired reflections on the presence
of media in everyday life. Co-curated by
Stateless Cinema.

Saturday April 21, 6PM
Curator's Walkthrough: Walk & Talk
Provisions Library

A walkthrough with curator Niels Van Tomme. He
will discuss Multimediale and his collaboration
with the artists in the creation of the

Saturday, April 21, 8PM
Live Performance: Perform!
Provisions Library

If all the world is a stage, then each of us is a
performer. And if Washington, DC is the stage of
world politics, then all our performances are
political. Perform! is an evening of new music
and experimental media performance art.

Sunday, April 22, 3PM
Panel Discussion: The artist's responsibility in a political environment
Provisions Library

A panel discussion that invites prominent figures
from the DC arts community to reflect and discuss
the role of the artist from an artistic,
political and activist perspective. Panelists:
Margaret Parsons, Moderator (National Gallery of
Art), Leanne Mella (US State Department), Randall
Packer (American University), Paul Roth (Corcoran
Gallery of Art), Don Russell (Provisions
Library), Niels Van Tomme (independent curator),
Jenny Toomey (Future of Music),

Sunday, April 22, 5PM-8PM
Closing Reception: Capturing the Capital! (my end is my beginning)
Provisions Library
sponsored by Viridian Restaurant

All events are free and open to the public.


American University
Abramson Family Recital Hall
Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC

Provisions Library
1611 Connecticut Ave NW
2nd Floor, Dupont Circle
Washington, DC


info @

Advisory Board: Georgio Furioso, Bill Gilcher,
Margaret Parsons, Andrea Pollan, Paul Roth, Don

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