MDK Confronts Corporate Control of Media

Posted by Randall Packer | Tue Jun 3rd 2003 3:17 p.m.

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

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: June 3, 2003

MDK CONFRONTS CORPORATE CONTROL OF MEDIA

WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Art & Technology is today
announcing its plans to release the Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK) in
response to an ideologically fractured Federal Communications
Commission vote to eliminate media ownership rules.

"We will confront corporate control of mass media," Secretary Packer
stated outside his office in Washington, DC, "so that a new century
is spared new horrors of CNN - the issue Americans should care most
about. We will appropriate with magisterial fearlessness,
transforming CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News into magical images, and bring
about the systematic reordering of the senses through the
deconstruction of live, broadcast media."

US DAT intends to distribute the Media Deconstruction Kit among
performance artists throughout the nation, who will manipulate media
coverage of the national election beginning with the Washington
primary in January of 2004. By providing instantaneous access to
live, broadcast media - and the ability to act upon it - the Media
Deconstruction Kit transforms the one-way paradigm of broadcast media
into many-to-many forms of interaction by leveling the playing field
between medium and viewer.

The MDK will enable artists to remix live news stories,TV sitcoms,
stock market quotations, manifestos, advertising - scramble
fabricated news in with actual news broadcasts - and put the altered
matter out on the Net. The Department believes these techniques could
swamp the mass media with total illusion.

Trace Reddell, Under Secretary for the Bureau of Pharmakogeographical
Surveying, advocates systems of varied media ambiences "diverting
[mass media] from its current roadmap to manufactured similitude
through an hallucinatory recycling of composted media content."

US DAT and the Experimental Party are now rallying the nation's
experimental artists, including newly appointed Under Secretary for
the Bureau of the Aesthetic Hyperculture DJ Spooky, to prepare for
the virtualization of medial space in 2004.

For additional information:

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.

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.

Contact: Press Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology
press@usdept-arttech.net

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