Randall Packer
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BIO
Since the 1980s, multimedia artist, composer, writer and educator Randall Packer has worked at the intersection of interactive media and live performance. He has received international acclaim for his socially and politically infused critique of media culture, and has performed and exhibited at museums, theaters, and festivals throughout the world. Packer is also a writer and scholar in new media, most notably the co-editor of Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality and the author of his long running blog: Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge. He holds an MFA and PhD in music composition and has taught multimedia at the University of California, Berkeley, Maryland Institute College of Art, American University, CalArts, and Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he teaches the art of the networked practice. Most recently, he developed Open Source Studio (OSS), an international project exploring collaborative online research and teaching in the media arts. Packer is also an artist educator at the Museum of Modern Art: his online course received an award from Museums and the Web as the best educational site of 2014. Packer works and teaches remotely from his underground studio bunker in Washington, DC.
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DISCUSSION

Media Deconstruction Kit Debut


Digital Media Center and US Department of Art & Technology present
MEDIA DECONSTRUCTION KIT DEBUT

The debut of the Media Deconstruction Kit, created and performed by
Randall Packer and Wesley Smith, will be presented by the US
Department of Art & Technology and the Digital Media Center of Johns
Hopkins University, Saturday, October 25th, 9:00 pm at the Mattin
Arts Center on the JHU campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK) enables artists to appropriate
with magisterial fearlessness, transforming CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News
into magical images to bring about the systematic reordering of the
senses through the deconstruction of broadcast media. The Media
Deconstruction Kit reconfigures, disorients, and amplifies the
mis-information of broadcast media into an immersive, sensorial,
multimedia experience.

Media Deconstruction Kit (Debut)
- Created & performed by Randall Packer & Wesley Smith
- Saturday, October 25, 9:00 pm
- Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins University, Mattin Arts
Center, Baltimore
- The Mattin Arts Center is located at the East end of campus
at the intersection of Charles and 33rd streets in Baltimore
- Broadcast live over TEL-SPAN (http://www.usdat.us/tel-span)
- Admission free, for more information call 410.516.3817

For more information on the Media Deconstruction Kit:
http://experimentalparty.org/corporate.html

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The US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdat.us

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 Digital Media Center
http://digitalmedia.jhu.edu
410.516.3817

The Digital Media Center is an environment where students can express
themselves creatively and expand the sphere of possibilities that are
created when art and technology merge.

DISCUSSION

Outraged Bush Conspires With DC Art Critic


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC
http://www.usdat.us
press@usdat.us

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: September 2, 2003

Outraged Bush Conspires With DC Art Critic

WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Art & Technology (US DAT) has
learned from senior White House officials that an outraged President
George W. Bush directed the Justice Department to conspire with a DC
art critic to discredit the Department and its Visitor Center at the
Corcoran Gallery of Art in a recent review in one of Washington's
alternative newspapers.

Apparently the President felt US DAT's anti-administration,
hyper-political propaganda was too close to home - the Corcoran is
across the street from the White House - ordering Attorney General
John Ashcroft to seek out a local art critic who could be easily
influenced.

Ashcroft was eager to take on the assignment given his recent defense
of the USA Patriot Act. According to the Attorney General, "We
really did not want to undermine the exhibition at the Corcoran, we
just wanted to reveal the true intent of the US Department of Art &
Technology in order to protect our homeland. We felt that working
with a local art critic would give the Department of Justice a good
shot at fighting such blatantly unpatriotic and subversive behavior
as demonstrated by Secretary Randall M. Packer."

What tipped off the Department was a reference to a work by DC
artists Team Response, who in the exhibition satirically depicted the
Secretary's art studio as the "all seeing eye" atop a federal annex
near Colorado Springs. The following statement in the review exposed
the Administration's deep existential paranoia of artists when it
described "Packer's studio as one of those eye-capped pyramids that
stokes conspiracy theories in the brains of stoners staring down the
back of their last dollar."

President Bush meanwhile has called an emergency cabinet meeting in
an effort to suppress the controversy brewing from within his
increasingly fractured Administration. When the White House Press
Secretary was asked to comment he replied, "The President is focused
on what has to happen here, today, based on the facts on the ground.
I'm not going to anticipate or try to anticipate every conceivable
threat that comes from within the Department of Art & Technology. We
are dealing with a series of events that took place, and that's where
we are today. I have no further comment."

Asked if he will seek a congressional investigation, Secretary Packer
exclaimed, "I can understand the President's fear of artists seeking
to reclaim America's government, but what is truly disturbing, is how
easily the media succumb to the hard-ball tactics that prevail in the
Bush Administration. Despite resistance from the Administration and
the local press, we will continue our effort to fight anachronistic
tendencies in order to create a world without fear and with unfeigned
pleasure, a visionary world inspired by the legacy of the
avant-garde, for which we all yearn."

The Secretary went on to quote the Italian Futurists, "Realizing the
scope of our task and the imperative need for success, we intend to
exalt aggressive action, a feverish insomnia, the racer's stride, the
mortal leap, the punch and the slap."

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The US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdat.us

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.

US DAT Visitor Center

The US DAT Visitor Center, currently on view until October 6 at the
Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has as its theme, "Enter a
Citizen, Exit a Revolutionary." The exhibit features a unique
collection of tactical media, information panels, and a historical
timeline detailing the chronology of the Department and its
extraordinary development. The Visitor Center was organized by the US
Department of Art & Technology, the Corcoran College of Art & Design,
and the White House Office of Appropriations.

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DISCUSSION

TEL-SPAN Begins Live 24/7 Broadcasting


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC
http://www.usdat.us
press@usdat.us

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: August 22, 2003

TEL-SPAN Begins Live 24/7 Broadcasting
www.usdat.us/tel-span/

WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Art & Technology has activated
TEL-SPAN Live 24/7 - the telematic channel providing global access to
the artistic process in an increasingly cybernated society. The
channel's first program is Department Works, Mixologies, and
Transformations featuring politically-infused, socially-engaged
music-videos by staff members and artist-associates of the US
Department of Art & Technology. According to Kevin Teixeira, Director
of US DAT's Office of Micro-Technology and Virtual Realities, "We
project our illusions of the world into this formless void and it
comes back to us as light and sound."

From August 22nd to October 6th, TEL-SPAN is broadcasting live from
the Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in
conjunction with the Department's Visitor Center at the Corcoran
Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Among TEL-SPAN's first offerings is the Pharmakopolis Broadcasting
Services (PBS) of Trace Reddell (Director of the Bureau of
Pharmakogeographical Surveying), an ongoing series of animated
political cartoons, amazing dope tales, and detourned superheroics.
Other Department artists include: Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky (Under
Secretary for the Bureau of the Aesthetic Hyperculture), whose 9-11
Saturation Engine, in collaboration with "47," immerses the viewer in
hypnotic media-driven imagery in which new meanings are constructed
on top of the ruins of the media's strafing; Rick Silva (Director of
the Joint Chiefs of Sound Warfare and Peer-to-Peer Defense) has
curated Overdub: The Remix of Politics, featuring cut-up works of his
own along with artist-associates Edo, Atmo, Haik Hoisingtom, Coup,
and Tim Jaeger; Andy Deck (Under Secretary of the Bureau for the
Transformation and Radicalization of Corporate Culture and
Militarism) presents Ad Infinitum, a fast-paced visual experience
involving the collision of expression, advertising and promotion;
Alex Galloway (Under Secretary of the Bureau for Rhizomatics,
Community & Generative Data) exploits bugs and glitches in the code
to create dirty, jolting game loops in RSG-THPS4; and Patrick Lichty
(Director of the Bureau for the Dissemination of Metastructures and
Media Metaphors) puts Socks, former President Clinton's cat, in the
center of the Lewinsky sex scandal with Haymarket's Riot Machine: -
The Engines of Truth.

"Citizens of the nation and around the world have an appetite for the
kind of high quality, socially relevant, 24/7 public affairs
programming TEL-SPAN provides," said Randall M. Packer, Secretary of
the US Department of Art & Technology. "TEL-SPAN provides media
artists who seek to influence the national discourse, public policy,
the political process and the future of art a direct conduit to its
audience without filtering or otherwise constraining their points of
view."

TEL-SPAN will also deliver comprehensive, up-to-the-minute
proclamations, remixes, rants, speeches, manifestos, Department PSA's
and more, drawing on the depth and experience of artists engaged with
the US Department of Art & Technology and its Experimental Party,
including: Secretary Packer, National Chairwoman Roberta Breitmore
(created by Lynn Hershman), avatar-candidate for President Abe Golam
(from Mark Amerika's Grammatron), WeTheBlog.org founder Jeff Gates,
and Jon Henry, Chairman of the USA Exquisite Corpse. TEL-SPAN plans
to provide its audience access to live, real-time distribution of
broad forms of cultural content, and to other forums where critical
artistic issues are discussed, debated and decided - all without
editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of
all radical points of view.

The Department acknowledges Drazen Pantic and the Open Source
Streaming Alliance for providing Quicktime Streaming for TEL-SPAN
broadcasting, and Joan Freedman, Director of the JHU Digital Media
Center, and Joe Reinsel, principal software designer of TEL-SPAN, for
overseeing the live broadcast.

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TEL-SPAN: The Telematic Channel of the US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdat.us/tel-span

Tel-SPAN is a public service of the US Department of Art &
Technology. Its mission is to provide global access to the artistic
process in an increasingly cybernated society. Tel-SPAN provides its
audience access to live, real-time distribution of broad forms of
cultural content, and to other forums where critical artistic issues
are discussed, debated and decided - all without editing, commentary
or analysis and with a balanced presentation of all radical points of
view. Tel-SPAN is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Digital
Media Center and the Open Source Streaming Alliance. The Principal
Software Designer is Joe Reinsel.

The US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdat.us

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.
The Principal Artists are Roberta Breitmore (created by Lynn
Hershman), Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Abe Golam (from Mark
Amerika's Grammatron), Jon Henry (Exquisite Corpse), Randall Packer,
and Wesley Smith.

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DISCUSSION

Visitor Center Opens in Washington, DC


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC
http://www.usdat.us
press@usdat.us

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: July 22, 2003

Visitor Center Opens in Washington, DC
"Enter a Citizen, Exit a Revolutionary"

WASHINGTON, DC - On August 15th, 2003, the US Department of Art &
Technology opens its Visitor Center at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in
Washington, D.C. A special VIP pre-opening event will take place on
August 14th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The Secretary and his staff, along with
military aides and secret service, will be on hand to greet visitors.
Curator Paul Brewer will host.

Two years ago, following 9/11, the President made a dramatic move to
embrace the arts through the creation of the US Department of Art &
Technology. The US DAT Visitor Center tells the story of how the
Department was formed by artists seeking to reclaim America's
Government. The appointment of Randall M. Packer as the Department's
first Secretary was one of the most radical decisions made in the
history of the White House. Packer's vision for the nation is "to
promote cultural growth, improved aesthetic standards for all
Americans, and to insure that the artist as visionary, as social
revolutionary, has voice in the national dialogue."

Only a block from the White House and just a short walk from the
nation's historic Mall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art stands as a major
center dedicated to the avant-garde. It is a place where culture
reflects everyday life and breaks through the illusion established by
the spectacle.

In choosing the Corcoran as the site of the US DAT Visitor Center,
Secretary Packer states, "The Corcoran is a remarkable institution
that believes art must be active within the culture, not owned by it.
With the museum's close proximity to the White House, we now realize
our ideals to reconstruct the environment in order to bring about new
behaviors through experimentation and propaganda."

The exhibit, with its theme, "Enter a Citizen, Exit a Revolutionary,"
features a unique collection of tactical media, information panels,
and a historical timeline detailing the chronology of the Department
and its extraordinary development. Also included is a video promoting
the Department's "Experimental Party," featuring speeches and
announcements by Secretary Packer, National Chairwoman Roberta
Breitmore, avatar-candidate for President Abe Golam, WeTheBlog.org
founder Jeff Gates, and the Exquisite Corpse. "We are proud to be
able to bring our story to the public's attention," said Tanya Spam,
the Department's Assistant Secretary of the Bureau for the
Conservation and Preservation of the Suspension of Disbelief, and an
independent writer and editor in Washington, DC.

The Visitor Center, which will be on exhibit through October 6, 2003,
was organized by the US Department of Art & Technology, the Corcoran
College of Art & Design, and the White House Office of
Appropriations, in cooperation with the National Park Service.

In conjunction with the show will be a 24/7 live web broadcast over
Tel-SPAN (usdat.us/tel-span), the telematic channel of the US
Department of Art & Technology, featuring up-to-the-minute
proclamations, rants, remixes, manifestos, and other forms of
anarchist entertainment by sound artists DJ Spooky, Rick Silva, Trace
Reddell among others, as well as a first glimpse of the Media
Deconstruction Kit.

The US Department of Art & Technology Visitor Center, located at the
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., N.W, Washington, D.C. from
August 15 - October 6, will be open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Closed
every Tuesday. Extended hours Thursday evenings until 9 pm and for
special Situational Events sponsored by the Department.

*****

Contact: Press Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology
press@usdat.us

The US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdat.us

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.
The Principal Artists are Roberta Breitmore (created by Lynn
Hershman), Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Abe Golam (from Mark
Amerika's Grammatron), Jon Henry (Exquisite Corpse), Randall Packer,
and Wesley Smith.

Tel-SPAN
http://www.usdat.us/tel-span

Tel-SPAN is a public service of the US Department of Art &
Technology. Its mission is to provide global access to the artistic
process in an increasingly cybernated society. Tel-SPAN provides its
audience access to live, real-time distribution of broad forms of
cultural content, and to other forums where critical artistic issues
are discussed, debated and decided - all without editing, commentary
or analysis and with a balanced presentation of all radical points of
view. Tel-SPAN is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Digital
Media Center and the Open Source Streaming Alliance. The Principal
Engineer is Joe Reinsel.

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DISCUSSION

MDK Confronts Corporate Control of Media


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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