Randall Packer
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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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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

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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.

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A Season in Hell


<http://www.usdat.us/>I hacked the Website and made it my own. I
dissolved all Control. Politicians! Your Deceit, Your Tyranny, Your
Hate, to you had the Department been entrusted! You, who glorify
those anachronisms that would bring us to the End, to emptiness: as
we brace ourselves for the Ceremonial Inauguration of Death... I bid
Adieu... welcome, to A Season in Hell.

Randall M. Packer, Secretary-at-Large

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

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Where ART can contribute to the Perpetual Fight against
AUTHORITARIANISM, we shall confront the Powers that be... in order to
Formulate the Truth... Beyond the Suspension of Disbelief. To those
who might Listen... I say, VIRTUALIZATION remains the Greatest Power
on Earth! To that tremendous Power alone; we will ENGAGE!

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Non-Concession Decompression


A message from:

Abe Golam
Avatar-candidate for President, Experimental Party
Director of the Office of Political and Economic Insecurity
US Department of Art & Technology

My Fellow Americans and World Citizens,

I have been asked to use this time to concede victory to the present Republican
administration, to accept the rampant suppression of the vote, to trust in the
electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail behind, and to assume that
the President will follow through on his promise to unite the nation, even
though for four very long years he has done nothing of the sort.

I have been asked to concede the Supreme Court to the theocratic wingnuts, to
accept their extremist anti-environmental doctrines, to live by their anti-
intellectual, anti-Science, anti-culture value system.

My fellow Americans, I cannot and will not concede anything to these rabid
warmongers and social misfits. I ask for your support as we continue our
campaign of hope and imagination, creativity and collaboration, peer-to-peer
networking and utopian dream synchronization. Together, and with patience, we
can take this country back and regain respect in the world.

Please join me in this non-concession decompression. If there was ever a time
for a nonstop experimental party, that time is now.

Abe Golam

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Election Night Remix with DJ Spooky


What:
Election Night Remix
Featuring Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid
Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK) / Randall Packer
Video Syndicate + Noskilz / Robin Bell

When:
Tuesday, November 2nd, 8:30 pm

Where:
Black Cat
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC
202-667-7960
Admission: $12

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The presidential election coverage on the cable news media will be
the subject matter for the evening's remix at the Black Cat in
Washington, DC. The Election Night Remix will take place on the most
important day of our nation's political process, the election of the
US President. The Media Deconstruction Kit real-time system will be
installed as a live feed to be incorporated into performances by Paul
Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, along with DC video artist
Robin Bell's Noskilz / Video Syndicate

As a commentary on the powerful and hypnotic narcosis of television
and its propaganda, the Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK) has been
designed as a real-time system that alters broadcast media live and
in real-time, transforming news stories, advertising, political
pundits, live up-dates, scrolls, and network logos into an immersive,
sensorial, multimedia experience.

According to Robin Bell, "This is not your typical Washington event.
There won't be any political speeches or any elected officials. This
isn't a get out the vote event. It isn't for one political candidate.
We expect people to dance, to get involved, to communicate. We have
been moving and motivating over the last few months. We are making
change and change doesn't happen in front of your living room TV."

The Media Deconstruction Kit is a project of the US Department of Art
& Technology and the Experimental Party, engineered by Randall Packer
and Wesley Smith.
http://www.experimentalparty.org

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Lecture : "Artist as Mediator" at Pyramid Atlantic


The Artist as Mediator"
A Lecture by Randall Packer
Presented by the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center

Friday, October 29 at 7:00 PM
8230 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
RSVP: 301.608.9101 or info@pyramid-atlantic.org
Admission: free

"The Artist as Mediator"

In the fall of 2001, Randall Packer founded the US Department of Art
& Technology (US DAT), a site-specific, virtual government agency
based in Washington, DC. US DAT was created as a critique of the role
of the artist in society in these politically unstable times. In this
talk, presented in the final days before the election, he will
discuss US DAT's mission to activate artists, how they might insert
themselves into the political dialogue. The lecture will focus on the
notion of "artistic mediation," how the artist confronts issues in an
effort to initiate change in the social and political sphere. The
discussion will also feature a presentation of his recent show, the
Experimental Party DisInformation Center, presented by US DAT at the
LUXE gallery in New York City as a "convention intervention" at the
Republican National Convention. For further information, visit the US
DAT Website at: http://www.usdat.us

Randall Packer is internationally recognized as a pioneering artist
and 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 the recent recipient
of an Artist Fellowship Award from the DC Commission on the Arts &
Humanities. He is Assistant Professor of Multimedia at American
University in Washington, DC as well as Secretary of the US
Department of Art & Technology.