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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Re: Re: NYT review of ArtBase 101


Plasma Studii wrote:

> >hmmmmmmmmmm
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> >http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/arts/design/28rhiz.html?
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> >Please discuss...
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> 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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# 01-149

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

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.

*****

# 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, 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.

*****

# 01-147

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

RHIZOME_RAW: US DAT Reclaims American Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale


US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Office of the Press Secretary, press@usdat.us
For Immediate Release: June 3, 2005

US DAT RECLAIMS AMERICAN PAVILION
51st VENICE BIENNALE, 2005

ISTANBUL - Secretary-at-Large Randall M. Packer announced plans today
from the Consulate in Istanbul that the US Department of Art &
Technology intends to begin the reclamation of the American Pavilion
at the opening next week of the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005.

Acting on the wishes of Walter L. Clark, founder of the American
Pavilion, who stated in 1930 at the first opening: "it is proposed
that, 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."

Secretary-at-Large Packer has notified Biennale President Davide
Croff, asking for his cooperation with the Department's new
initiative to reclaim the American Pavilion and transform it as the
"Virtual Pavilion" - a borderless Pavilion - for the 52nd Venice
Biennale, 2007. The theme of the exhibition will be, "representation
through virtualization."

According to Packer, "We live in historic times: freedom is advancing
from Washington, DC, to the Piazza San Marco. With the "Virtual
Pavilion," we will transcend our physical reality, entering the
medial space in the dream of an aesthetic hyperculture and its
unlimited possibilities - to inhabit this space with a polymorphic
and long-lived presence. And yes, we will prevail!"

Follow the reportage of the Secretary-at-Large, live from the 51st
Venice Biennale, June 10 - 19th at the Department 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.

*****

# 01-146

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.
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