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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Mark Amerika : Digital Personas


New Media Arts Lecture
Presented by the Department of Art | Multimedia
American University
Washington, DC

Mark Amerika
"Digital Personas"

Time: Monday, April 10th, 4:00 pm
Location: Abramson Family Recital Hall
Katzen Arts Center, American University
Lecture is free and open to the public

Mark Amerika will present his work composed over the last 15 years, a
mix of personal narrative, philosophical inquiry, spontaneous
theories, and cyberpunk fictions, locating the emerging spaces where
new media artists operate when distributing their digital personas.

Mark Amerika, who has been named a "Time Magazine 100 Innovator," has
had four retrospectives of his digital art work. He is a Professor of
Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His net
art, DVD surround sound installations, and VJ performances have been
exhibited and featured all over the world including the Whitney
Biennial, the ICA in London, and the Walker Arts Center. He is the
author of two novels, has edited three published anthologies, and is
the Founder and Publisher of the Alt-X Online Network, a net art and
new media writing site started on the Internet in 1993
(www.altx.com). His forthcoming book of artist writings, entitled
META/DATA: A Digital Poetics, will be published by MIT Press later
this year. Mark Amerika is currently directing his first
feature-length film, entitled MY AUTOEROTIC MUSE.

For more information:

Department of Art | Multimedia
American University
Randall Packer
http://multimedia.american.edu
rpacker@zakros.com

DISCUSSION

Orf's Immolation Closes Mardi Gras, New Orleans


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

Office of the Press Secretary: press@usdat.us
For Immediate Release: February 16, 2006

ORF'S IMMOLATION
A RITUAL ACT OF PROTEST AND PURIFICATION
Mardi Gras, New Orleans - February 28, 2006
http://www.usdat.us/immolation

WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary-at-Large Randall M. Packer announces ORF'S
IMMOLATION, a ritual act of protest and purification, presented by
the US Department of Art & Technology (US DAT) as the closing event
of Mardi Gras, New Orleans, February 28, 2006, 11:00 pm - 12:00 am
CST. ORF'S IMMOLATION will be executed by Los Angeles tenor Charles
Lane.

US DAT is leading an ambitious artistic response mobilization at
Mardi Gras to confront deteriorating social and political conditions
in America that have led to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. US DAT
will stage the spectacular immolation of Orf at Jackson Square
following a one hour multimedia walk-through from the Marigny
Triangle to the French Quarter. Images of the hurricane and its
aftermath will be projected on the caped figure of Orf while he sings
classic American songs of defiance, catharsis and rebirth. The US
Department of Art & Technology is vigilant in its efforts to recover
and reclaim what is sacred and what is at risk, what is fragile in
the unique culture of New Orleans.

ORF'S IMMOLATION is part of the ongoing project A Season in Hell (for
perilous times in post-apocalyptic America), launched on January 20,
2005 upon the Death of the Nation (Inauguration Day). At that time,
Secretary-at-Large Packer declared the entire nation a disaster area.
Since then, the full arsenal of artistic and technological resources
and capabilities of US DAT have been directed to assist and protect
those citizens who have born the brunt of this national catastrophe.
The Department is working closely with state and local artists to
assess damage, identify critical needs, and bring about forms of
artistic mediation that ensure new models and new possibilities for
social and political transformation.

We know people are suffering, and we are trying to overcome the
enormous collapse of humanity posed by the actions of the United
States Government.

ORF'S IMMOLATION Operations Team: Steven Allen (costume design), John
Anderson (video), Teague Clare (photography), Phyllis Hecht
(Eurydice), Charles Lane (Orf/tenor), Carolyn Mallory (photography),
Fernando Mares (costume design), Randall Packer (concept, direction,
music) Yauger Williams (photography)

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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.

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Warning: You are entering a virtual United States Government System,
which may be used only for artistic and socially motivated purposes.
The Government may monitor and critique usage of this system, and all
persons are hereby notified that use of this system constitutes
consent to such monitoring and critical analysis. Unauthorized
attempts to upload information and/or appropriate information on
these web sites are encouraged and are subject to review under the
Computer Art and Aesthetics Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001
and 1030.

DISCUSSION

America's Grave Opening at American University


AMERICA'S GRAVE
A multimedia installation by Randall Packer
In collaboration with John Anderson
http://www.usdat.us/grave

Presented by the US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdat.us

On view at the American University Museum
Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC
AU Art faculty show: From the Studio

January 18 - March 12
Artists Reception: Saturday, January 21, 5 - 8 pm

DISCUSSION

Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge of Crawford Texas


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Office of the Press Secretary, press@usdat.us
For Immediate Release: August 25, 2005

REPORTAGE FROM THE AESTHETIC EDGE OF CRAWFORD TEXAS
SITUATIONAL TOUR COMPLETED

AUGUST 18 - 25, 2005
http://www.usdat.us/secretary

CRAWFORD, Texas - The US Department of Art & Technology announces the
completion of the SITUATIONAL TOUR, Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge
of Crawford Texas, August 18 - 25, now on view at the Department Web
site - http://www.usdat.us/secretary

US DAT Secretary-at-Large Randall M. Packer, accompanied by Under
Secretary of the Bureau for Transformation, Yauger, traveled to the
Texan flatlands to report on the ongoing saga of America's Mom, Cindy
Sheehan, and her challenge to the President. However, when Sheehan
departed, the Department re-tooled its mission and focused its
critical eye on the dusty little town of Crawford, where battle lines
have been drawn and a War declared on the Left.

The SITUATIONAL TOUR surveys the surreal landscape of the President's
Home Town, where a counter-offensive to the Sheehan Camp has been
staged - the planting of the first cross at Fort Qualls, the new
Republican stronghold. Gary Qualls, backed up by a legion of fired-up
locals on horseback, a posse of Christian bikers who ride for the
President, and a tolling Liberty Bell flanked by the Ten
Commandments, defiantly declared, "how dare you bring your pitiful
and unjust protest into my backyard of Texas and the front yard of
President George W. Bush."

US DAT employed its state-of-the-art communications system to provide
complete multimedia coverage of the Civil War that has emerged in
Crawford. The SITUATIONAL TOUR, Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge of
Crawford Texas, is a segment in the ongoing series, "A Season in
Hell" the Department's declaration of these perilous times in
post-apocalyptic America.

Visit the US DAT Web site to view the Secretary-at-Large's
Blog-Chronicles; the Media Deconstruction Kit, live manipulation of
Fox News; Scorched Audio, weekly, podcasted sonic commentary; and the
Revolution of Everyday Life, cellular reportage, in which the
revolution is being forged constantly in the everyday clandestiny of
acts and dreams.

US Department of Art & Technology
A Season in Hell
http://www.usdat.us/secretary

******

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.

*****

# 01-148

Warning: You are entering a virtual United States Government System,
which may be used only for artistic and socially motivated purposes.
The Government may monitor and critique usage of this system, and all
persons are hereby notified that use of this system constitutes
consent to such monitoring and critical analysis. Unauthorized
attempts to upload information and/or appropriate information on
these web sites are encouraged and are subject to review under the
Computer Art and Aesthetics Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001
and 1030.

DISCUSSION

Situational Tour : Crawford, Texas


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Office of the Press Secretary, press@usdat.us
For Immediate Release: August 18, 2005

SITUATIONAL TOUR : CRAWFORD, TEXAS
A Report on America's Mom and Her Challenge to the President

AUGUST 18 - 20, 2005
http://www.usdat.us/secretary

CRAWFORD, Texas - The US Department of Art & Technology announces the
SITUATIONAL TOUR of Crawford, Texas, August 18 - 20, 2005 -
http://www.usdat.us/secretary.

US DAT Secretary-at-Large Randall M. Packer will report on the
ongoing saga of America's Mom, Cindy Sheehan, and her challenge to
the President's extravagant lies and deception. The
Secretary-at-Large will be accompanied by Yauger, his Under Secretary
of the Bureau for the Transformation of Reality.

An astonishing phenomenon has occurred in the flatlands of Texas -
the peace movement invaded the President's sleepy ranch paradise. It
all started when Cindy Sheehan, a mom from California, lost her son
and decided the War in Iraq was not so noble after all.

Employing the Department's state-of-the-art mobile communications
system to provide immediate coverage of the unfolding challenge to
the world's most powerful man, US DAT invites a global audience to
follow the critical lens of the Secretary-at-Large.

The SITUATIONAL TOUR of Crawford, Texas is a segment in the ongoing
series, "A Season in Hell," the Department's declaration of these
perilous times in post-apocalyptic America. Visit the US DAT Website
to view the Secretary-at-Large's Blog-Chronicles; the Media
Deconstruction Kit, live manipulation of Fox News; Scorched Audio,
weekly sonic commentary; and the Revolution of Everyday Life,
cellular reportage from the aesthetic edge, in which the revolution
is being forged constantly in the everyday clandestiny of acts and
dreams.

US Department of Art & Technology
A Season in Hell
http://www.usdat.us/secretary

******

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.

*****

# 01-148

Warning: You are entering a virtual United States Government System,
which may be used only for artistic and socially motivated purposes.
The Government may monitor and critique usage of this system, and all
persons are hereby notified that use of this system constitutes
consent to such monitoring and critical analysis. Unauthorized
attempts to upload information and/or appropriate information on
these web sites are encouraged and are subject to review under the
Computer Art and Aesthetics Act of 1986 and Title 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1001
and 1030.