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

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.

DISCUSSION

We Declare War on War


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

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

We Declare War on War

"Weapons that change consciousness can call the war game into
question." - William Burroughs

As artists, WE can act in a time of great consequence. WE have a duty
to protect millions from a terrible and deep anxiety resulting from
self-created and deadly dangers that are growing beyond our control.

The only valid experimental approach is one based on the
uncompromising critique of existing conditions and their conscious
intervention.

Today, the gravest danger we face, the gravest danger facing America
and the world, is the existential darkness that has possessed our
government, that grips its soul.

We must introduce everywhere a revolutionary alternative to the
ruling culture; we must orchestrate - through art, criticism and
propaganda, illusion as a revolutionary weapon.

We must advance experimental behavior, hyper-political propaganda,
and the construction of new environments.

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.

May the artist guide us now through 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation
across the nation and around the world.

Sending artists into battle is the most profound decision a Secretary
can make. The technologies of art have changed; the risks and
suffering of art have not.

Today I have a message for the men and women who will fight for
peace, members of the nation's and world's artists: Many of you are
assembling in your studios and lofts, and crucial hours lay ahead. In
those hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your
training has prepared you. Your aesthetics will guide you. You
believe in a model of society where free and experimental modes of
conduct will prevail, and yes, we will prevail.

For according to Andre Breton, "perhaps the imagination is on the
verge of recovering its rights."

*******

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

We Declare War on War


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

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

We Declare War on War

"Weapons that change consciousness can call the war game into
question." - William Burroughs

As artists, WE can act in a time of great consequence. WE have a duty
to protect millions from a terrible and deep anxiety resulting from
self-created and deadly dangers that are growing beyond our control.

The only valid experimental approach is one based on the
uncompromising critique of existing conditions and their conscious
intervention.

Today, the gravest danger we face, the gravest danger facing America
and the world, is the existential darkness that has possessed our
government, that grips its soul.

We must introduce everywhere a revolutionary alternative to the
ruling culture; we must orchestrate - through art, criticism and
propaganda, illusion as a revolutionary weapon.

We must advance experimental behavior, hyper-political propaganda,
and the construction of new environments.

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.

May the artist guide us now through 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation
across the nation and around the world.

Sending artists into battle is the most profound decision a Secretary
can make. The technologies of art have changed; the risks and
suffering of art have not.

Today I have a message for the men and women who will fight for
peace, members of the nation's and world's artists: Many of you are
assembling in your studios and lofts, and crucial hours lay ahead. In
those hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your
training has prepared you. Your aesthetics will guide you. You
believe in a model of society where free and experimental modes of
conduct will prevail, and yes, we will prevail.

For according to Andre Breton, "perhaps the imagination is on the
verge of recovering its rights."

*******

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

We Declare War on War


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

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

We Declare War on War

"Weapons that change consciousness can call the war game into
question." - William Burroughs

As artists, WE can act in a time of great consequence. WE have a duty
to protect millions from a terrible and deep anxiety resulting from
self-created and deadly dangers that are growing beyond our control.

The only valid experimental approach is one based on the
uncompromising critique of existing conditions and their conscious
intervention.

Today, the gravest danger we face, the gravest danger facing America
and the world, is the existential darkness that has possessed our
government, that grips its soul.

We must introduce everywhere a revolutionary alternative to the
ruling culture; we must orchestrate - through art, criticism and
propaganda, illusion as a revolutionary weapon.

We must advance experimental behavior, hyper-political propaganda,
and the construction of new environments.

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.

May the artist guide us now through 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation
across the nation and around the world.

Sending artists into battle is the most profound decision a Secretary
can make. The technologies of art have changed; the risks and
suffering of art have not.

Today I have a message for the men and women who will fight for
peace, members of the nation's and world's artists: Many of you are
assembling in your studios and lofts, and crucial hours lay ahead. In
those hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your
training has prepared you. Your aesthetics will guide you. You
believe in a model of society where free and experimental modes of
conduct will prevail, and yes, we will prevail.

For according to Andre Breton, "perhaps the imagination is on the
verge of recovering its rights."

*******

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

We Declare War on War


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

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

We Declare War on War

"Weapons that change consciousness can call the war game into
question." - William Burroughs

As artists, WE can act in a time of great consequence. WE have a duty
to protect millions from a terrible and deep anxiety resulting from
self-created and deadly dangers that are growing beyond our control.

The only valid experimental approach is one based on the
uncompromising critique of existing conditions and their conscious
intervention.

Today, the gravest danger we face, the gravest danger facing America
and the world, is the existential darkness that has possessed our
government, that grips its soul.

We must introduce everywhere a revolutionary alternative to the
ruling culture; we must orchestrate - through art, criticism and
propaganda, illusion as a revolutionary weapon.

We must advance experimental behavior, hyper-political propaganda,
and the construction of new environments.

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.

May the artist guide us now through 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation
across the nation and around the world.

Sending artists into battle is the most profound decision a Secretary
can make. The technologies of art have changed; the risks and
suffering of art have not.

Today I have a message for the men and women who will fight for
peace, members of the nation's and world's artists: Many of you are
assembling in your studios and lofts, and crucial hours lay ahead. In
those hours, the success of our cause will depend on you. Your
training has prepared you. Your aesthetics will guide you. You
believe in a model of society where free and experimental modes of
conduct will prevail, and yes, we will prevail.

For according to Andre Breton, "perhaps the imagination is on the
verge of recovering its rights."

*******

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.