Randall Packer
Since the beginning
Works in WASHINGTON, District of Columbia United States of America

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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

We the Blog


In the past week, Jeff Gates, Robert Atkins, Kristine Stiles, and Abe Golam, four of our esteemed staff members, have posted entries on "We the Blog." Please take a look at their texts and help activate the blog by posting your comments.

"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."

Randall Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology

DISCUSSION

We the Blog Update: Architects of Our Situation


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April 3, 2003

Kristine Stiles
Under Secretary of the Bureau for Surveying the State of Art and the Medial
State of Mind
US Department of Art & Technology

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Assuming the grave responsibility of my post as Under Secretary of the
Bureau for Surveying the State of Art and the Medial State of Mind, I
remain tuned in directly and remotely (visioning) to the media. Last night
I heard/felt a discussion of great consequence, and so pass it dutifully
on.

Last night Joseph Cirincione, Senior Associate and Director of the Non
Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
spoke on the NPR program "Fresh Air." His presentation was followed by a
discussion with William Kristol, editor of the neo-conservative publication
The Weekly Standard. I strongly recommend that everyone listen to the
archived interview with both figures. Cirincione laid out, in very clear
terms, the Defense Policy Guidance Doctrine imagined immediately following
the Gulf War by Paul Wolfowitz. This program was for military premeption
and global aggression.

If we are to become more effective in countering the increasing fascistic
state in which we are participating as citizens - and therefore for which
we are responsible (we held the German population responsible for the
Holocaust, didn't we?) - one of the first points of action is to fully know
the architects of our situation. For those of you, like me, who were not
yet up to speed about the real stragetists of our current global ambitions,

who had been planning this policy long before the illegitimate appointment
of this illegitimate administration by a corrupt Supreme Court, it is high
time we get busy with our homework. I may be preaching to the
knowledgeable, in which case, mia culpa (I was the ignorant one). If
not, you will find this very informative and bone-chilling.

What I'm trying to point out is that we have to go beyond worrying about
the current thug who is administering this policy (Rumsfeld) and the
mastermind CEO thief (Cheney) to those behind the scenes, the architects of
our current practices. A Saudi prince, educated at Princeton, pointed out,
in a recent interview with Barbara Walters, much the same thing. Even
though he refused to name names, he did name the "policy makers" as the
major problem. Of course, we all know it isn't the dauphin himself.

As Cicincioni noted, the current national foreign policy being enacted in
Iraq, belonged to what many felt under the Clinton Administration to be
impossible because of its extreme position. Now this colonialism and
empire is our reality; we are responsible for these people and this war!

May I recommend the following links to give both sides of this story:
www.ceip.org/files/projects/Staff.ASP?p=8 (for the Non Proliferation
Project) and www.weeklystandard.com/ (for the neo-conservative The Weekly
Standard).

On a more personal note - my six-year old cat Pasha has been increasingly
expressing his views about the war. His revenge tactic is spraying all
metalic and ceramic surfaces in the house, a guerrilla warfare gesture that
is extremely successful in disturbing the home front, but having no effect
on the enemy. If anyone knows a special way to calm my military man down -
aside from the Prozac that he is now taking to ease his anxiety - I would
be most grateful.

The war zone is really beginning to smell, and it would appear that the
smell is permanent unless drastic measures are taken immediately. Is there
a cat psychic out there?

Kristine Stiles
Under Secretary of the Bureau for Surveying the State of Art and the Medial
State of Mind

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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"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.'"

******

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