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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DISCUSSION

Secretary to deliver "Speech for the End of the World"


US Department of Art & Technology
For Immediate Release: October 19, 2004

SECRETARY PACKER TO DELIVER
"SPEECH FOR THE END OF THE WORLD"

ANNOUNCING ARTISTIC EFFORTS TO
LIFT SHROUD OF DARKNESS OVER NATION

WASHINGTON, DC - On Thursday, October 21, at 7:30 PM EST, Secretary
Randall M. Packer will give the "Speech for the End of the World" for
the opening of "Democracy is Fun" at the White Box gallery in the
Chelsea district of New York City.

Curated by Michele Thursz and Defne Ayas, the exhibition has as its
key objective "the social mechanism of art advocating intervention
during times of political and cultural urgency."

In response, the Secretary will announce efforts to lift the shroud
of darkness hanging over America and the world by introducing new
artistic initiatives intended to combat the wrath of the right-wing,
Christian fundamentalists claiming dominion over all the Earth.

According to Secretary Packer, "with the White House proclaiming its
'theology of war,' we believe that the most solemn duty of the artist
is to protect the American people in these post-apocalyptic times of
extraordinary crisis. If the artist shows uncertainty or weakness in
the final days before the election, our nation may drift toward
tragedy and ruin."

"Democracy is Fun," with political interventions by over 15 artists,
opens Thursday, October 21, 6 - 8 PM, and continues through November
6. White Box is located at 525 West 26th Street, NYC.

For more information:
<http://www.whiteboxny.org/democracyisfun>www.whiteboxny.org/democracyisfun

******

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

Experimental Party Closing with Post-Mortem Lounge


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What:
Experimental Party DisInformation Center
Closing Ceremony: "Post-Mortem Lounge," dedicated to the death of Jon Henry
Presented by the US Department of Art & Technology (full press release below)
Works by: Mark Amerika, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Andy Deck, Jeff Gates,
Jon Henry, Lynn Hershman, Gregory T. Kuhn, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky
and '47,' Andrew Nagy, Randall Packer, Trace Reddell, Rick Silva, and
Wesley Smith. Convention coverage by Alexander Provan.

When:
Saturday, September 4th, 6 - 8 pm
(also open regular hours, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm)

Where:
LUXE gallery
24 W. 57th St., 5th Floor, #503
212.404.7455
New York City

Website:
http://www.experimentalparty.org

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Media Release
For Immediate Release: September 1, 2004

EXPERIMENTAL PARTY DISINFORMATION CENTER
CLOSING WITH POST-MORTEM LOUNGE

AWAKENING THE SPIRIT OF REVOLUTION

WASHINGTON, DC - The Experimental Party DisInformation Center closes
its doors in New York City on Saturday, September 4th with the
Post-Mortem Lounge at LUXE Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, NYC from 6 -
8 PM. Politicos, press, protestors, Republicans, performance
artists, and the public will gather for a final look at the
state-of-the-art media installation presented by the US Department of
Art & Technology. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11
AM to 6 PM.

The Post-Mortem Lounge at LUXE is a ceremonial close intended to
awaken the spirit of revolution in the terrible aftermath of the 2004
Republican National Convention. The event is dedicated to Jon Henry,
National Chairman of the USA Exquisite Corpse, the fallen artist who
gave up his life to face the war machine and bring its practices into
question. Before his death, Jon Henry left this message: "All artists
and citizens must respond now through action and mediation to ensure
the revolutionary spirit that lies dormant in our hearts. We must
uplift our minds and rise above the shroud of darkness that hangs
over our shoulders. We must awaken our American Spirit. We must
awaken the Spirit of the Revolution."

Regarding the Experimental Party DisInformation Center, US DAT
Secretary Randall M. Packer stated, "We selected New York City to
stage a 'convention intervention' in order to subvert the ensuing
propaganda of the Republicans with our own techniques of media and
illusion. And yes, we have prevailed."

Secretary Packer has collaborated with US DAT staff artists
including: Mark Amerika, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Jon Henry,
Lynn Hershman, Gregory T. Kuhn, Andrew Nagy, and Wesley Smith.
Additional works by Andy Deck, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky and '47,'
Trace Reddell, and Rick Silva are also included. Convention coverage
by Alexander Provan and the Experimental News team.

Featured projects at the Experimental Party DisInformation Center include:

Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK): Live altering of broadcast news and
Convention coverage.
Society of the Spectacle (A Digital Remix): Ten-minute DVD art-loop by DJRABBI.
WetheBlog.org: Virtual community for media artists and cultural critics.
Homeland Insecurity Advisory System: Broadcasting the daily
governmental threat.
USA Exquisite Corpse: A dark portrayal of the Spirit of America.
Abe Golam for President 2004 (A PolyVocal Remix): Politically reborn
avatar-candidate.

For information and photos visit http://www.experimentalparty.org,
http://www.usdat.us
LUXE Gallery: 24 W. 57th St., NYC, Tues - Sat. 11AM - 6PM, 212.404.7455

******

About 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.

About the Experimental Party
http://www.experimentalparty.org

The Experimental Party - the "party of experimentation" - is an
initiative that has been formed to activate citizens across the
country in an effort to bring the artists' message to center stage of
the political process. This is a political awakening, "representation
through virtualization" is the major political thrust - it is the
driving force.

*****

This event is part of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas, a
citywide cultural festival, Aug 28 - Sept 2, designed to inspire,
instigate and support civic engagement through the arts.
http://www.imagine04.org

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<div><b>Experimental Party DisInformation Center</b></div>
<div><b>Closing Ceremony: &quot;Post-Mortem Lounge,&quot; dedicated to
the death of Jon Henry</b></div>
<div><b>Presented by the US Department of Art &amp; Technology (full
press release below)</b></div>
<div><b>Works by:<font color="#000000"> Mark Amerika, Jonah
Brucker-Cohen, Andy Deck, Jeff Gates, Jon Henry, Lynn Hershman,
Gregory T. Kuhn, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky and '47,' Andrew Nagy,
Randall Packer, Trace Reddell, Rick Silva, and Wesley Smith.
Convention coverage by Alexander Provan.</font></b></div>
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<div><b>Saturday, September 4th, 6 - 8 pm</b></div>
<div><b>(also open regular hours, Tuesday -&nbsp; Saturday, 11am -
6pm)</b></div>
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<div><b>LUXE gallery</b></div>
<div><b>24 W. 57th St., 5th Floor, #503</b></div>
<div><font color="#000000"><b>212.404.7455</b></font></div>
<div><b>New York City</b></div>
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<div align="center"><font face="Times New Roman"
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<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">WASHINGTON, DC -<b> The
Experimental Party DisInformation Center</b> closes its doors in New
York City on Saturday, September 4th with the<b> Post-Mortem
Lounge</b> at LUXE Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, NYC from 6 - 8 PM.&nbsp;
Politicos, press, protestors, Republicans, performance artists, and
the public will gather for a final look at the state-of-the-art media
installation presented by the<b> US Department of Art &amp;
Technology</b>. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM
to 6 PM.</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><br></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><b>The Post-Mortem
Lounge</b> at LUXE is a ceremonial close intended to awaken the spirit
of revolution in the terrible aftermath of the 2004 Republican
National Convention. The event is dedicated to Jon Henry, National
Chairman of the USA Exquisite Corpse, the fallen artist who gave up
his life to face the war machine and bring its practices into
question. Before his death, Jon Henry left this message: &quot;All
artists and citizens must respond now through action and mediation to
ensure the revolutionary spirit that lies dormant in our hearts. We
must uplift our minds and rise above the shroud of darkness that hangs
over our shoulders. We must awaken our American Spirit. We must awaken
the Spirit of the Revolution.&quot;</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><br></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">Regarding the Experimental
Party DisInformation Center, US DAT Secretary Randall M. Packer
stated, &quot;We selected New York City to stage a 'convention
intervention' in order to subvert the ensuing propaganda of the
Republicans with our own techniques of media and illusion. And yes, we
have prevailed.&quot;</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><b><br></b></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">Secretary Packer has
collaborated with US DAT staff artists including: Mark Amerika, Jonah
Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Jon Henry, Lynn Hershman, Gregory T. Kuhn,
Andrew Nagy, and Wesley Smith. Additional works by Andy Deck, Paul
Miller aka DJ Spooky and '47,' Trace Reddell, and Rick Silva are also
included. Convention coverage by Alexander Provan and the Experimental
News team.&nbsp;</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><br></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">Featured projects at the
Experimental Party DisInformation Center include:<br>
<br>
<i><b>Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK</b>)</i>: Live altering of
broadcast news and Convention coverage.</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><i><b>Society of the
Spectacle (A Digital Remix</b></i><b>)</b>: Ten-minute DVD art-loop by
DJRABBI.<br>
<i><b>WetheBlog.org</b></i>: Virtual community for media artists and
cultural critics.</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><i><b>Homeland Insecurity
Advisory System</b></i>: Broadcasting the daily governmental
threat.</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><i><b>USA Exquisite
Corpse</b></i>: A dark portrayal of the Spirit of
America.</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><i><b>Abe Golam for
President 2004 (A PolyVocal Remix)</b></i>: Politically reborn
avatar-candidate.</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><br></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">For information and photos
visit<b> http://www.experimentalparty.org,
http://www.usdat.us</b></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">LUXE Gallery: 24 W. 57th
St., NYC, Tues - Sat. 11AM - 6PM, 212.404.7455</font></div>
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<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">******</font></div>
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<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><b>About the US Department
of Art &amp; Technology</b></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman"
size="+1">http://www.usdat.us</font><br>
</div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">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.</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><br></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><b>About the Experimental
Party</b></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman"
size="+1">http://www.experimentalparty.org</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><br></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">The Experimental Party -
the &quot;party of experimentation&quot; -&nbsp; is an initiative that
has been formed to activate citizens across the country in an effort
to bring the artists' message to center stage of the political
process. This is a political awakening, &quot;representation through
virtualization&quot; is the major political thrust - it is the driving
force.</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><br></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1">*****</font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><br></font></div>
<div><font face="Times New Roman" size="+1"><i><b>This event is part
of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues &amp; Ideas, a citywide
cultural festival, Aug 28 - Sept 2, designed to inspire, instigate and
support civic engagement through the arts.
http://www.imagine04.org</b></i></font></div>
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DISCUSSION

USA Exquisite Corpse Occupies RNC


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

Media Release
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2004

(Press: Declassified field documentation of RNC occupation from USA
Exquisite Corpse archives:
http://www.usdat.us/RNCoccupation)

USA EXQUISITE CORPSE SEIZES MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
AND OCCUPIES REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

WASHINGTON, DC - Units of the USA Exquisite Corpse's 3rd Infantry
Division, along with elements of the 6th Armored Division
and 9th Calvary Battalion, seized Madison Square Garden in New York
City early this morning on the eve of the Republican National
Convention, demonstrating to the world that artistic forces can move
at will, as confirmed by the US Department of Art & Technology at
0500 hours.

Briefing the press from US DAT offices in Washington, DC, Commanding
General Andrew Nagy said that with the successful execution of
Operation Artistic Freedom, the deployment of troops into downtown
New York City "reinforces the reality that the Bush regime is no
longer in control of the city."

According to reports, Corpse tank and armored personnel columns
encountered pockets of "light" Republican resistance en route along
6th and 7th Avenues near Madison Square Garden. However, it was said
that such resistance "did not affect" coalition operations. According
to US Department of Art and Technology Secretary Randall M. Packer,
agents from a renegade "Aesthetic Espionage" group known colloquially
as the S.H.A.D.O.W., infiltrated the Republican Convention, occupying
the entirety of Madison Square Garden. RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie
announced while the occupation was underway, frightened delegates
were "hurling themselves from the windows above."

Special Technology Forces from the Counter-Reality Illusionary
Engineering Division (C.R.I.E.D.), launched an attack which officials
are calling "Fine-Line Blurring Espionage," consisting of
Departmental deployments of trans-media artwork created by
underground Staff Artists across the city. Secretary Packer
jubilantly concluded today's press briefing from the Experimental
Party DisInformation Center in NYC with the pronouncement, "Mission
Accomplished."

According to General Nagy, coalition forces will be resupplied and
reinforced daily from anonymous subterranean bunkers scattered
throughout the city. He added, "the command is cautiously optimistic
in their approach," but warns "the Republicans can retaliate." The
command continues to treat the possibility of use of chemical,
biological and nuclear weapons as a threat to the troops in action,
as well as the entire New York City civilian population. News reports
out of the area said that coalition forces have found mobile chemical
weapons facilities and potential ammunition caches near Hackensack,
New Jersey, yet US DAT officials could not be reached to confirm the
reports.

Declassified field documentation of RNC occupation from USA Exquisite
Corpse archives:
http://www.usdat.us/RNCoccupation

******

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.

USA Exquisite Corpse

The USA Exquisite Corpse provides services vital to defending
Artistic Freedom worldwide. According to Chairman Jon Henry, the "The
situation is yours to command, the space is yours to sculpt."

The Experimental Party DisInformation Center
http://www.experimentalparty.org

From August 21 to September 4, the US Department of Art & Technology
presents the Experimental Party DisInformation Center, "anarchic
entertainment for the nation," at the LUXE gallery, 24 W. 57th St. in
New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am - 6pm. The
installation closes on Saturday, September 4, 6 - 8 PM, with the
Post-Mortem Lounge.

*****

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DISCUSSION

Secretary Packer to Address New York City


Media Release
For Immediate Release: August 25, 2004

Secretary Packer to Address New York City
Announcing "10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation"
At the Freedom of Expression National Monument

WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary Randall M. Packer of the US Department of
Art & Technology will address the citizens of New York City, calling
on them to carry out "10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation" during the
2004 Republican National Convention. The speech will take place on
Thursday, August 26, 5:00 pm, at the Freedom of Expression National
Monument, Foley Square, at the intersection of Centre & Pearl St. in
New York City. Secretary Packer will be introduced by Andrew Nagy,
Commanding General of the USA Exquisite Corpse, the US Department of
Art & Technology's "Artist Call to Service."

At the invitation of Creative Time and the Lower Manhattan Cultural
Council, Secretary Packer will speak to New York City through the
Freedom of Expression National Monument, an enormous red megaphone,
to voice the thoughts, grievances, and hopes of a nation under siege
of the Republicans. The Secretary hopes to inspire the nation into
action to confront the loss of free speech, power and powerlessness,
and a multiplicity of social and cultural concerns in these
post-apocalyptic times.

The Secretary will announce the US Department of Art & Technology's
Experimental Party DisInformation Center, a state-of-the-art media
installation that subverts Republican propaganda, currently on view
at LUXE gallery in NYC. Additionally, he will reveal numerous acts of
artistic mediation already in various stages of planning: from Johnny
America's march down Lexington Avenue in colonial garb declaring "The
Republicans are Coming;" to the Revelers who will mount the Staten
Island Ferry and stage a heroic "Crossing of New York Harbor" to
liberate Manhattan from the Bush Loyalists; to the Missile Dick
Chicks, a posse of pissed-off housewives from Crawford, Texas charged
with opposing consumerism by singing songs like "Shop! In the Name of
War."

The Secretary added, "Like other totalitarian movements, the
Republicans seek to impose a grim vision in which dissent is crushed,
and every man and woman must think and live in colorless conformity.
We offer to the oppressed peoples of our nation and around the world,
the great alternative of human liberty through freedom of artistic
expression. Our country must never allow the Republicans to preach
religious extremism with 9-11, to use New York City and Ground Zero
as the pulpit for its ideologies."

As Reverend Billy poetically declared, "we have to match that
theater, to supplant it, and the RNC is going to be our 9th Symphony."

******

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.

The Experimental Party DisInformation Center
http://www.experimentalparty.org

From August 21 to September 4, the US Department of Art & Technology
presents the Experimental Party DisInformation Center, "anarchic
entertainment for the nation," at the LUXE gallery, 24 W. 57th St. in
New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am - 6pm. The
installation closes on Saturday, September 4, 6 - 8 PM, with the
Post-Mortem Lounge.

*****

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DISCUSSION

Experimental Party DisInformation Center Comes to NYC


What:
Experimental Party DisInformation Center
Anarchic Entertainment for the Nation!
Presented by the US Department of Art & Technology (full press release below)
Works by: Mark Amerika, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Andy Deck, Jeff Gates,
Jon Henry, Lynn Hershman, Gregory T. Kuhn, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky
and '47,' Andrew Nagy, Randall Packer, Trace Reddell, Rick Silva, and
Wesley Smith. Convention coverage by Alexander Provan.

When:
Opening reception: "Propaganda Hospitality Suite," Sat., August 21st, 6-8pm
(Bring Your Own Propaganda BYOP)
Installation continues through Sept. 4, Tues. - Sat. 11am - 6pm
Closing reception: "Post-Mortem Lounge," Sat., Sept. 4, 6-8pm

Where:
LUXE gallery
24 W. 57th St., 5th Floor, #503
212.404.7455
New York City

Website:
http://www.experimentalparty.org

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Media Release
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2004
Contact: Press Secretary, Megan Morrow
510-547-2162
morrow@usdat.us

EXPERIMENTAL PARTY DISINFORMATION CENTER
COMES TO NYC

WASHINGTON, DC - The Experimental Party DisInformation Center rolls
into New York City on Saturday, August 21st just ahead of the
Republican National Convention with its opening reception, entitled
"Propaganda Hospitality Suite," at LUXE Gallery, 24 West 57th Street,
NYC, 6 - 8 PM.

Politicos, press, protestors, Republicans, performance artists, and
the public will gather for a first look at the Experimental Party
DisInformation Center, a state-of-the-art media installation
presented by the US Department of Art & Technology. The exhibition
runs through Saturday, September 4th, when it will close with a
Post-Mortem Lounge from 6 - 8 PM. Regular hours for the installation
are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM. On-line works and
additional information can be found at:
http://www.experimentalparty.org

The opening of the Experimental Party DisInformation Center will
bring together diverse elements of the politically-charged artists
and activists converging on New York for an evening of pre-convention
revelry, featuring special appearances by Axis of Eve, Billionaires
for Bush, Armed Artists of America (AAA), USA Exquisite Corpse, The
Secretary, and the Virtual Voice of America singing "God Bless
America." All artists and citizens are encouraged to "bring your own
propaganda" (BYOP).

Regarding the Experimental Party DisInformation Center, US DAT
Secretary Randall M. Packer stated, "We selected New York City to
stage a 'convention intervention' in order to subvert the ensuing
propaganda of the Republicans with our own techniques of media and
illusion. Our decision will show that if you want to carry out
anarchic entertainment for the nation, there's no place better in the
world to do it than New York City during the Republican National
Convention!"

Secretary Packer has collaborated with US DAT staff artists
including: Mark Amerika, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Jon Henry,
Lynn Hershman, Gregory T. Kuhn, Andrew Nagy, and Wesley Smith.
Additional works by Andy Deck, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky and '47,'
Trace Reddell, and Rick Silva are also included. Convention coverage
by Alexander Provan and the Experimental News team.

Featured projects at the Experimental Party DisInformation Center include:

Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK): Live altering of broadcast news and
Convention coverage.
Society of the Spectacle (A Digital Remix): Ten-minute DVD art-loop by DJRABBI.
WetheBlog.org: Virtual community for media artists and cultural critics.
Homeland Insecurity Advisory System: Broadcasting the daily
governmental threat.
Awaken: A dark portrayal of the Spirit of America.
Abe Golam for President 2004 (A PolyVocal Remix): Politically reborn
avatar-candidate.

For on-line projects, information and photos visit
http://www.experimentalparty.org and http://www.usdat.us
LUXE Gallery: 24 W. 57th St., NYC, Tues - Sat. 11AM - 6PM, 212.404.7455

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About 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.

About the Experimental Party
http://www.experimentalparty.org

The Experimental Party - the "party of experimentation" - is an
initiative that has been formed to activate citizens across the
country in an effort to bring the artists' message to center stage of
the political process. This is a political awakening, "representation
through virtualization" is the major political thrust - it is the
driving force.

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This event is part of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas, a
citywide cultural festival, Aug 28 - Sept 2, designed to inspire,
instigate and support civic engagement through the arts.
http://www.imagine04.org