Lie of the Storm

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With the Republican National Convention approaching, the media circus is headed into NYC and those with discerning tastes are sure to be selective about where they get their disinformation. An excellent source might be the Experimental Party DisInformation Center, a state-of-the-art media installation presented by the US Department of Art opening on Saturday, August 21 at LUXE Gallery. Featured projects include the Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK), live altering of broadcast news and Convention coverage; Society of the Spectacle, a ten-minute DVD art-loop by DJRABBI; WetheBlog.org, a virtual community for media artists and cultural critics; the Homeland Insecurity Advisory System, broadcasting the daily governmental threat levels; Awaken, a dark portrayal of the Spirit of America; and Abe Golam for President 2004, a poly-vocal remix by a politically reborn avatar-candidate. The opening celebration will feature special appearances by Axis of Eve, Billionaires for Bush, Armed Artists of America (AAA), USA Exquisite Corpse, and others, as well as Martinis made with a top-secret Experimental Party recipe. All visitors are encouraged to 'bring your own propaganda' (BYOP). - Ophra Wolf