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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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.

*****

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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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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.

DISCUSSION

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.

DISCUSSION

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

****

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!

DISCUSSION

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