Randall Packer
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BIO
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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DISCUSSION

We the Blog Update: Huh? Or Criticality is Dead, Long Live Criticality


We the Blog Update: Huh? Or Criticality is Dead, Long Live Criticality

April 2, 2003

Robert Atkins
Chief Critical Inspector
US Department of Art & Technology

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http://wetheblog.org/archive/000024.html

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"I'd be happy to take credit [for the current war plan] but it's not
mine." - Donald Rumsfeld

As Chief Critical Inspector of the Department of Art and Technology,
it is time for me to intervene. Rummy made me do it-or at least his
craven retreat today from his own Department's ownership of the war
operation did. (Could this have been an April Fool's Dayprank?) The
buck never seems to end on Rummy's desk; his latest howler-of-a-turf
grab was to announce the other day that the Pentagon, rather than the
State Department, ought to be disbursing aid in Iraq. Ensuring, of
course, no possibility of cooperation from expert NGOs and
international aid organizations. But, hey, if the Defense Department
can't manage the war, it should be able to not manage the vitally
important aid operation.

Now one never expects competence from the folks in Shrubville, but
these guys can't take any criticism either. (Much less a joke.) Yes,
there is such a thing as constructive criticism; ask any art student.
(Where's Lynne Cheney when we need an official perspective on
poststructuralism, anyway?) Clearly the humorless bozos and bozettes
that "people" this administration believe that winning is everything.
If its economic, environmental, diplomatic, and military record
constitute winning, you can beam me up Condy. And come to think of
it, what I'm calling criticism is really just learning, Mr. Education
President. Or, put another way, you can lead a horse('s ass) to
waterS.

Robert Atkins
Chief Critical Inspector
US Department of Art & Technology

DISCUSSION

"We the Blog" Activated


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

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2003

EXPERIMENTAL PARTY ACTIVATES

WE THE BLOG
"In order to form a more Artistic Union"
wetheblog.org

Washington, D.C. - The Experimental Party today announces "We the
Blog," a bold, new initiative to re-activate the ideals of democracy
through discussion among artists, cultural critics and other creative
people who are "repositioning themselves as new leaders in the
governance of this planet, particularly in these times of crisis,"
according to Founder Jeff Gates.

"We the Blog" (http://www.wetheblog.org ) offers information and
dialogue - from artistic expression to political activism - as a tool
for facilitating the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry into
the broader culture where ideas become real action.

"As technology fuels new ways of communicating, the blog (web log) is
resulting in certain kinds of human actions that were never possible
before," said Gates, a Principal Artist of the Experimental Party. He
adds, "We the Blog will offer an artistic alternative to the
spin-doctors of the Republican and Democratic parties. "We the Blog"
will be the virtual community to participate in as the War rhetoric
ramps up."

Under Secretary of the Office of Freedom of Speech, Mark Amerika,
comments, "True blog, then, is not blog as we know it, but as we
un-know it. It incites creation - more invention - so that you
yourself have to get down and dirty into the developmental process
activating the network with your own mixillogical discourse. This is
blog as inventive remix machine placing value on what it sees, what
it links to, how it appropriates the Other and strips it of its
isolation."

Abe Golam, Director of the Office of Economic and Homeland Insecurity
of the US Department of Art & Technology has declared, "Under the
banner of the Experimental Party, 'We the Blog' is guaranteed to stir
up controversy in the global computer networks, that 'non-place'
place where the true battle for democracy in America will be fought
and won."

Since September 11, an existential darkness has possessed our
government, grips its soul, threatening the American way of life. In
defending our homeland, artists must now fight to protect the
democratic ideals and principles of freedom on which our nation was
founded. People increasingly are forgetting what shaped their past.
When a people fails to know why it exists and what it stands for, it
cannot be expected to long endure.

According to Secretary Randall M. Packer: "We are artists united by
common purpose - freedom of expression. Our strength lies in our
shared artistic ideals. The Experimental Party is activating "We the
Blog" for the very survival of participatory democracy. As James
Madison said 'the diffusion of knowledge is the only true guardian of
liberty.'"

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We the Blog Founding Statement:

In order to form a more Artistic Union, to enhance the Social
Condition, and to provide for the Avant-Garde; to prevent Homeland
Insecurity; and to promote the Artist Voice in reshaping public
policy; to guarantee Creative Freedom for the Old, the Young and the
Disenfranchised.

The Experimental Party's "We the Blog" is located at:
http://www.wetheblog.org

*******

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

"We the Blog" Activated


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

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2003

EXPERIMENTAL PARTY ACTIVATES

WE THE BLOG
"In order to form a more Artistic Union"
wetheblog.org

Washington, D.C. - The Experimental Party today announces "We the
Blog," a bold, new initiative to re-activate the ideals of democracy
through discussion among artists, cultural critics and other creative
people who are "repositioning themselves as new leaders in the
governance of this planet, particularly in these times of crisis,"
according to Founder Jeff Gates.

"We the Blog" (http://www.wetheblog.org ) offers information and
dialogue - from artistic expression to political activism - as a tool
for facilitating the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry into
the broader culture where ideas become real action.

"As technology fuels new ways of communicating, the blog (web log) is
resulting in certain kinds of human actions that were never possible
before," said Gates, a Principal Artist of the Experimental Party. He
adds, "We the Blog will offer an artistic alternative to the
spin-doctors of the Republican and Democratic parties. "We the Blog"
will be the virtual community to participate in as the War rhetoric
ramps up."

Under Secretary of the Office of Freedom of Speech, Mark Amerika,
comments, "True blog, then, is not blog as we know it, but as we
un-know it. It incites creation - more invention - so that you
yourself have to get down and dirty into the developmental process
activating the network with your own mixillogical discourse. This is
blog as inventive remix machine placing value on what it sees, what
it links to, how it appropriates the Other and strips it of its
isolation."

Abe Golam, Director of the Office of Economic and Homeland Insecurity
of the US Department of Art & Technology has declared, "Under the
banner of the Experimental Party, 'We the Blog' is guaranteed to stir
up controversy in the global computer networks, that 'non-place'
place where the true battle for democracy in America will be fought
and won."

Since September 11, an existential darkness has possessed our
government, grips its soul, threatening the American way of life. In
defending our homeland, artists must now fight to protect the
democratic ideals and principles of freedom on which our nation was
founded. People increasingly are forgetting what shaped their past.
When a people fails to know why it exists and what it stands for, it
cannot be expected to long endure.

According to Secretary Randall M. Packer: "We are artists united by
common purpose - freedom of expression. Our strength lies in our
shared artistic ideals. The Experimental Party is activating "We the
Blog" for the very survival of participatory democracy. As James
Madison said 'the diffusion of knowledge is the only true guardian of
liberty.'"

******

We the Blog Founding Statement:

In order to form a more Artistic Union, to enhance the Social
Condition, and to provide for the Avant-Garde; to prevent Homeland
Insecurity; and to promote the Artist Voice in reshaping public
policy; to guarantee Creative Freedom for the Old, the Young and the
Disenfranchised.

The Experimental Party's "We the Blog" is located at:
http://www.wetheblog.org

*******

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

Secretary Rallies Artists


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

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: March 26, 2003

Secretary Rallies Artists

10:42 A.M. EST
Washington, DC

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

THE SECRETARY: Thank you, all. (Applause.) Thank you, all, very much.

I am really proud to be here with the good men and women of the USA
Exquisite Corpse, the artist's call to service. (Applause.)

We're also proud to be here today with our artist friends who have
joined Operation Artistic Freedom. (Applause.) Over the last week the
world has witnessed the skill and honor and resolve of the cultural
community engaged in passionate dialogue and acts of artistic
mediation. We have seen the character of a new generation of artists.
Millions of Americans are proud of our artists, and so am I. I am
honored to be the Secretary-in-Chief. (Applause.)

Every artist in our coalition of the willing understands the terrible
threat we face from our government-in-action. Every artist here
refuses to live in a future of fear, at the mercy of politicians and
the corporate oilgarchy. And every artist here today shares the same
resolve: the only valid experimental approach is one based on the
uncompromising critique of existing conditions and their conscious
intervention.

Our artists are making good progress; yet the war on war is far from
over. We cannot predict the final day, but I can assure you, and I
assure the long-suffering people of America, there will be a day of
reckoning for the President, who has revealed the principles of
arrogance, abuse of power, personal gain and a frightening lack of
charisma, through his contempt for the opinion of the world.

Day by day, George W. Bush is losing his grip on reality; out of fear
of the unknown, pain, and death - the Gods, surfacing from the
immemorial depths of time and space - he has used his lethal weapons
to bring down fire from the heavens, death and destruction that
devours us all.

In the early stages of this war, the world is getting a clearer view
of a terrible and deep anxiety resulting from self-created and deadly
dangers that are growing beyond our control.

Our enemy in this war on war is the existential darkness that has
possessed our government, that grips its soul. (Applause.)

The goal of artistic freedom unites our coalition. And this goal
comes from the deepest convictions of the avant-garde. The artistic
freedom we defend is the right of every artist and the future of our
nation.

The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world, it is the
artist's gift to humanity.

That's what we do. That's our job.

Thank you.

(Applause.).

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

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.

DISCUSSION

Operation Artistic Freedom


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC
http://www.usdept-arttech.net
Office of the Secretary

OFFICIAL STATEMENT ISSUED BY:
Randall M. Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology

Operation Artistic Freedom

THE SECRETARY: American and international artists have begun a
concerted campaign - Operation Artistic Freedom. Our coalition is
broad and from across the globe.

In this declaration of war on war, our cause is just. Artists are all
that stand between a world at peace, and a world of chaos and
constant risk. And our mission is clear, to carry out 10,000 Acts of
Artistic Mediation, in defense of humanity.

The future of peace and democracy now depend on artistic forces. WE
must conduct ourselves in the highest traditions of the avant-garde.
WE must do our job with skill, imagination, and bravery, and with the
finest of cultural critics beside us. At every stage of this conflict
the world will see the power of the artist, freed from the limits and
constraints of the dominant culture, to construct temporary settings
of life and their transformation into a higher passionate nature.

I want Americans and all the world to know that coalition artistic
forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from war
cries and religious crusades, which now appear to be leading us
quickly and inevitably down the path to the Day of Reckoning.

A campaign in these times of extraordinary crisis could be longer and
more difficult than some have predicted. Yet, in a whirlwind of
madness and horror, terror and peril, hail and fire, our faith is
sure, our resolve is firm, and our artistic union is strong.

I call on the most progressive artists and intellectuals of all
nations to put an end to these terrible threats endangering the
civilized world.

Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to
apply artistic forces of virtualization. I say, virtualization
remains the greatest power on earth! With that tremendous power
alone; we will shock and awe!

This will not be a campaign of half-measures. We will fight for the
security and peace of the world, and we will accept no outcome but
victory.

Virtualization is the international expression of our times, the
great rebellion of aesthetic mobilization.

Thank you.

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

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

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.