Abe Golam Enters 2004 Presidential Race

Posted by Randall Packer | Wed Apr 30th 2003 6:09 p.m.

The Experimental Party National Committee
Washington, DC
http://www.experimentalparty.org
press@experimentalparty.org

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2003

ABE GOLAM ENTERS 2004 PRESIDENTIAL RACE

WASHINGTON, DC - Abe Golam, Director of the Office of Political and
Economic Insecurity of the US Department of Art & Technology, joined
the growing field of candidates running for the Presidency of the
United States today.

Mr. Golam, in announcing he is forming an exploratory committee,
declared his candidacy would "stir up controversy throughout the
global computer networks, that 'non-place' where the true battle for
democracy in America will be fought and won."

Running as an independent under the Experimental Party, "the party of
experimentation," Mr. Golam, legendary info-shaman and digital
avatar, discussed his candidacy outside his home in the
Electrosphere, where he tried to paint a sharp contrast between
himself and President Bush. He also tried to separate himself from
other Democratic candidates, and indeed from politicians in general.

"If the American people want a lifelong, corporeal politician in the
White House, that's not me," Mr. Golam said in a webcast news
conference. "They'll have a group of people to choose from if that's
what they want. If they want instead somebody who is closer to them,
more connected to them, someone who will subvert the dominant
paradigm, who is willing to gnaw into the body politic, inhabit it,
and lay his demon seed, that is me."

And he challenged Mr. Bush on what many analysts consider one of the
president's political strengths thus far, the campaign against
terrorism. Criticizing the Bush Administration's handling of national
security, Golam exclaimed, "Since September 11, all levels of
government have been pointing fingers like never before while our
airports become Keystone cop scenarios and our border security
remains a farce."

Mr. Golam said he would seek to enlist artists in the fight. He
expressed his anger at the administration for not seeking support
from the nation's artists in its response to recent international
crises.

"America's artists - indeed, artists all over the globe - want to
contribute," Mr. Golam said. "They want to be involved; they want to
feel like they can do something to make their nation and their world
safe for collaborative experimentation and digitally-enhanced
self-expression. They just haven't been asked."

Golam also challenged the Bush administration's recent war in Iraq
and their overall foreign policy agenda by saying that elligerent
actions by the reigning oilgarchy are meant to pick on easy enemies
who, in fact, pose no threat to the United States of America but are
simplistically portrayed in the classic Biblical role of Evil. First
it was Bin Laden, then it was Saddam Hussein, neither of whom have
been found. Who is the next Bogeyman? Jacques Chirac? Geraldo? John
Kerry? or maybe even me."

Abe Golam is best known as a pop culture info-shaman, a leading
proponent of copyright-free art and entertainment products. Since his
debut in the internationally acclaimed website GRAMMATRON
(http://www.grammatron.com), released on the net in 1997, Golam has
been a political activist and performer in various on-line and live
theatrical events as well. Being a digital avatar with a gift for
language as well as a certain kind of virtual charisma, he seemed
well-positioned to run for President under the Experimental Party
banner. As one of the innovators of an art movement that had a brief
flash of success during the last few years of the 20th century, Golam
was able to use his cultural influence to radically change the course
of art history and has since devoted most of his time and energy
toward developing cutting-edge positions on the major political
issues facing America and the rest of the world today.

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The Experimental Party
http://www.experimentalparty.org

The Experimental Party - the "party of experimentation" - is an
artist-based political party that has been formed to activate
citizens across the country in an effort to bring the artists'
message to center stage of the political process. This is a political
awakening, 'representation through virtualization' is the major
political thrust of the Experimental Party, it is the driving force.

The US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdept-arttech.net

The US Department of Art and Technology is the United States
principal conduit for facilitating the artist's need to extend
aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real
action. It also serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of
all Americans by supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity
from the extension of new media technologies into the social sphere.

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