Randall Packer
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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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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

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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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DISCUSSION

Re: Re: NYT review of ArtBase 101


Plasma Studii wrote:

> >hmmmmmmmmmm
> >
> >http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/arts/design/28rhiz.html?
> >
> >Please discuss...
>
> cool article. makes great points.

I am surprised to see many of the same old arguments being used in the critique of the Rhizome show, arguments that became obsolete in the late 1990s after it became general knowledge how the new paradigms of net art operate. Clearly, the critic is behind the curve on this discourse so it is disappointing when the critique is largely uninformed. Why doesn't the NY Times hire a media critic?

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US DAT Executes Empire, 51st Venice Biennale


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Office of the Press Secretary, press@usdat.us
For Immediate Release: June 16, 2005

US DAT EXECUTES EMPIRE
WITH RECLAMATION OF AMERICAN PAVILION
http://www.usdat.us/secretary

VENICE - The US Department of Art & Technology announces the
execution of "Empire Runs Its Course," completed this week at the
51st Venice Biennale. Visit the Department Website to view the
remains: http://www.usdat.us/secretary

Visitors at the Biennale were surprised to find only the columns and
pediment remaining from the former American Pavilion. According to
Secretary-at-Large Randall M. Packer, "the Department has carried out
the wishes of the Pavilion's founder, Walter L. Clark, who expressed
in 1930 at the first opening: 'if the United States government ever
creates a Department of Art, the building will be turned over to the
supervision of such a governmental department.' Now that we have
executed "Empire Runs its Course" and reclaimed the American
Pavilion, we have completed the first phase of our important task to
transform it as the "Virtual Pavilion."

For more information, follow the Situational Tour of the 51st Venice
Biennale, reportage from the aesthetic edge:

http://www.usdat.us/secretary

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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.
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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

Mars Attack American Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Office of the Press Secretary, press@usdat.us
For Immediate Release: June 13, 2005

MARS ATTACK AMERICAN PAVILION
AS US DAT BEGINS RECLAMATION
http://www.usdat.us/secretary

VENICE - During the initial phase of the US DAT reclamation of the
American Pavilion, an attack was staged by renegade insurgents from
the Mars Pavilion.

The event occurred while US DAT Secretary-at-Large Randall M. Packer
was conducting a Situational Tour on the opening day of the Venice
Biennale. Two insurgents invaded the American Pavilion in the wake of
anti-American sentiment that was apparently inflamed by Ed Ruscha's
exhibition, "Course of Empire." After penetrating the Pavilion, with
its Jeffersonian symmetrical, neo-classic architecture, they took
time in front of one of Ruscha's paintings to question the artist's
depiction of the deterioration of urban landscapes.

For more information on the Mars Attack and to follow the reportage
from the aesthetic edge of the Secretary-at-Large at the 51st Venice
Biennale, visit the Department's Website:

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.

*****

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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
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Situational Tour, 51st Venice Biennale


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Office of the Press Secretary, press@usdat.us
For Immediate Release: June 10, 2005

SITUATIONAL TOUR, 51st VENICE BIENNALE
JUNE 10 - 19, 2005
http://www.usdat.us/secretary

VENICE - The US Department of Art & Technology announces the
SITUATIONAL TOUR of the 51st Venice Biennale, June 10 - 19th -
http://www.usdat.us/secretary

US DAT Secretary-at-Large Randall M. Packer will report on the
aesthetic edge of the international arts festival, employing the
Department's state-of-the-art mobile communications system to provide
a live feed of the unfolding, situational space of the Venice
Biennale. US DAT invites a global audience to follow the critical
lens of the Secretary-at-Large in the deconstruction of all things
Art World.

The SITUATIONAL TOUR of the 51st Venice Biennale is the initial phase
of the US DAT reclamation of the American Pavilion, transforming it
as the "Virtual Pavilion" for the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007. The
theme of the exhibition will be "representation through
virtualization."

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.

*****

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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.
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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.