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Randall Packer is internationally recognized as a pioneering artist, composer, educator, and scholar in the field of multimedia. His work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the world including Europe, Asia, and North America. He is Assistant Professor of Multimedia at American University in Washington, DC. His book and accompanying Web site, Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality (W.W. Norton 2001 / www.artmuseum.net), has been adopted internationally as one of the leading educational texts in the field. He is concerned with the aesthetic, philosophical, and socio-cultural impact of new media in an increasingly technological society.

In 1988, he founded Zakros InterArts and has since produced, directed and created critically acclaimed new media performance, installation, and net-specific works. His sound installation Mori was selected for the 1999 Biennial Exhibition at the InterCommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo and included in the Telematic Connections: A Virtual Embrace exhibition that toured the US (2001-2002). In 2003 Mori received its New York debut at the Kitchen. His net project, the Telematic Manifesto (1999), was included in ZKM's (Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany) Net_Condition exhibition and has been featured on the Website of the Walker Art Center.

Since moving to Washington, DC in 2000, his work has explored the critique of the role of the artist in society and politics. He founded the virtual government agency US Department of Art and Technology (www.usdat.us) in 2001, which proposes and supports the idealized definition of the artist as one whose reflections, ideas, aesthetics, sensibilities, and abilities can have significant and transformative impact on the world stage. The US DAT project has emerged as a hybrid of media forms and genres. It has yielded numerous published articles and manifestos, live performances, media installations, and video works presented at festivals, museums, and universities around the world. US DAT has also spawned several subsidiary projects, including: The Experimental Party (www.experimentalparty.org); TEL-SPAN (Web-based streaming broadcast channel); and The Media Deconstruction Kit (audio-visual manipulation of live broadcast news). In the fall of 2003, the US DAT Visitor Center was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, across the street from the White House. In 2004, the Experimental Party DisInformation Center debuted in New York City at the LUXE gallery during the Republican National Convention.

A native Californian, Packer holds degrees from the University of Oregon (BS, sociology); California Institute of the Arts (MFA, music composition); Institute for the Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music (IRCAM), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (certificate, computer music); and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD, music composition). He is the recipient of several awards for his work, including the George Ladd Prix de Paris and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
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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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DISCUSSION

Abe Golam Enters 2004 Presidential Race


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.

*****

Contact:

Experimental National Committee | Washington, DC
Fax: 202.342.1293 | E-mail: info@experimentalparty.org

DISCUSSION

An Aesthetic Operation


Please join us in saluting Jon Henry, a great artistic hero:

"Speech for the End of Time"
Randall M. Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology
Wednesday, April 23, 2003, 7:30 pm
Johns Hopkins University, School of Arts & Sciences, Room LL07
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Jon Henry is the National Chairman of the USA Exquisite Corpse. He is
dead.

Jon Henry was killed fighting the war machine, but his spirit lives on.
His spirit remains strong. So strong in fact, that he is about to lead
the Experimental Party in 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation.

Jon Henry's epic journey to deconstruct a new medial state begins
tomorrow evening (April 23) when his spirit is released into the night,
during my "Speech for the End of Time."

In this speech, I am calling on coalition artists to "to inspire other
artists into action by undergoing an aesthetic operation as a form of
magic designed as a mediation between our strange hostile world and the
human spirit." Jon Henry will lead that effort.

The new Jon Henry, the young artist from Baltimore, inspired by the
old, legendary John Henry, continues the brave fight against the
machine in Operation Artistic Freedom.

Here then, is an excerpt from Jon's Manifesto:

"WAR is the ultimatum of capital. It is the result of the energized
spectacle of money. God/Money is the fuel that will drive us into the
ground. Gain is intertwined in the roots of this cancerous tree of
America. And they called the mechanized vacuum of the wretched rich
freedom? As the past became history the new Jon Henry saw the object of
spectacle in front of him and he knew that in order to be free he must
fight against his assimilation; he must face the war spectacle and
battle it to his death." - Jon Henry

Randall M. Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology

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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.