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

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.

*****

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

DISCUSSION

US DAT Activates Homeland Insecurity Advisory System


For Immediate Release: August 2, 2004

US DAT ACTIVATES
HOMELAND INSECURITY ADVISORY SYSTEM
http://www.usinsecurity.us

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of a series of initiatives to improve
coordination and communication among all levels of the American
public, Secretary Randall M. Packer signed the Homeland Insecurity
Secretarial Directive 3, activating the Homeland Insecurity Advisory
System (HIAS).

The Homeland Insecurity Advisory System will provide a comprehensive
and effective means to disseminate information regarding the risk of
the United States Government to the American people and around the
world.

The HIAS, created by Jonah Brucker-Cohen (Under Secretary of the
Bureau for Homeland Insecurity), is a public rating system that
allows people from across the globe to determine the US Government's
Threat Level by collectively rating RSS (Rich Site Summary or Really
Simple Syndication) feeds from major US news sources.

Turning the "Homeland Security" threat level on its head, the system
will allow the people to determine the threat condition by rating
each major US news source according to its support level for or
against the US Government's actions. Finally, the citizens of the
world have a voice in determining the threat level of the most
dangerous government on the planet. According to Under Secretary
Brucker-Cohen, "It is important to identify the threats to our nation
resulting from our government-in-action."

The Homeland Insecurity Advisory System will provide a national
framework for citizens to communicate the nature and degree of
government threats. This advisory system characterizes appropriate
levels of vigilance, preparedness and readiness in a series of
graduated Threat Conditions that characterize the risk of government
failure in order to reduce vulnerabilities:

Benign - Green: Low risk of government failure.
Danger - Blue: General risk of government failure.
Frightened - Yellow: Significant risk of government failure
Horrific - Orange: High risk of government failure
Apocalyptic - Red: Severe risk of government failure

US Department of Art & Technology announcements of threat advisories
and alerts help deter government activity and inform the public about
government actions, policies, announcements and decisions, as well as
provide them with the information necessary to respond to the threat.

With the Homeland Insecurity Advisory System, the US Department of
Art & Technology is providing a truly democratic system that allows
citizens to assess the job the US Government is doing in a tumultuous
domestic and international arena.

For information and to rate the US Government, please visit:
http://www.usinsecurity.us

Contact: Press Secretary
Megan Morrow
510-547-2162
morrow@usdat.us

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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 DisInformation Center
http://www.experimentalparty.org

The US Department of Art & Technology presents the Experimental Party
DisInformation Center, opening on Saturday, August 21, from 6 - 8 pm
at LUXE Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, NYC. The show continues through
Saturday, September 4. Regular gallery hours are 11AM - 6PM, Tuesday
- Saturday. The Experimental Party DisInformation is a
state-of-the-art media installation subverting Republican propaganda
through works by Secretary Randall M. Packer and US DAT artists.
This "convention intervention" uses techniques of media and illusion
to counter the political hype of the Bush Administration. Featured
projects include the "Media Deconstruction Kit," transforming live
broadcast convention coverage into an immersive multimedia experience.

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DISCUSSION

Burn, Baby Burn: Fahrenheit 9/11


Burn, Baby Burn: Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has descended upon us, a gripping
portrait of the Bush Kingdom that smokes with the flames of these
apocalyptic times. Moore documents how, since 9/11, even going back
to the Florida election scandal, George W. Bush & Co. has scorched
our liberties, our laws, our sensibilities, and our freedoms.

Bush is portrayed, without much effort, as a dangerous buffoon who
sat reading "My Pet Goat" for 7 minutes to a group of school children
in Florida, while hijacked planes were raining from the sky. The Bush
Family "oilgarchy" is shown to have deep business ties
(collaborative!) with the Saudi Royal Family as well as the Bin Laden
Clan, throwing the latter's post 9/11 getaway into suspect light. And
Moore's account of the Iraq fiasco centers around the ultra-patriotic
Lila Lipscomb from Flint, Michigan, who is shown sobbing in front of
the White House after the news of her son's death - raging against
the Administration.

Fahrenheit 9/11 will surely come to be known as the Great War Film of
the era of the War on Terrorism. The film is one part satire, one
part tragedy, and 100% act of artistic mediation that attempts to
unseat from power the President and his Republican cronies. However
accurate the film may be, its purpose is to peel off the layers of
lies and deception handed down by our political leaders to reveal the
true nature of their intent. It also attempts to reveal the
foolishness, sloppiness, and hypocrisy of politicians on both sides
of the isle: an appeal to Congressmen who haven't read the Patriot
Act is countered by reading it to them from behind the wheel of an
ice cream truck encircling the US Capitol; Moore personally recruits
Congressmen by asking them to sign up their own children to join the
Army if they really support the War in Iraq; and a startling scene in
the Senate Chamber at the opening of the film reveals that not a
single Senator supported a House-led petition to investigate the
Florida election scandal.

This is the film we have all been waiting for. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a
powerful catharsis that vents the anger spreading across the nation
and around the world at an Administration perilously on the brink of
self-destruction and global annihilation. Michael Moore is the hero
of our times, an artist who has expressed our collective horror.
Fahrenheit 9/11 is an artwork that reaches beyond the screen and
attempts to bring the possibilities of change into action, action
that might translate into votes.

Fahrenheit 9/11 demonstrates the power of art to reveal what is so
obvious to some, but remains elusive to most behind the veil of
deception and propaganda. Let's hope the film ignites Joe America and
the rest of the red-zone populace, inspiring them to shed the
terrible illusion afflicted upon them by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh,
to exercise their one remaining, untargeted freedom, the right to
vote (even that is now suspect). Our 200 + year experiment with
democracy hangs by a thread, but with films such as Michael Moore's
Fahrenheit 9/11, hope remains.

Go see it if you haven't already.

Randall Packer

DISCUSSION

In Defense of Steve Kurtz and the Role of the Artist


A Letter in Defense of Steve Kurtz and the Role of the Artist in Society:

As with many in the arts community, particularly those engaged in
acts of artistic mediation, I am shocked and outraged that one of our
own has become a recent victim of oppressive policies coming down
from the Bush administration. I met Steve and Critical Art Ensemble
partner Claire Pentecost a few years ago here in Washington, DC,
during their residency at the Corcoran College of Art.

Steve's commitment to social inquiry, particularly in the area of
bio-technologies, is internationally renowned. Steve is an artist and
scholar of extraordinary depth of knowledge and perspective. Behind
the actions and projects of CAE is a profound understanding of 20th
century avant-garde practice and its impact on contemporary thought.
If in fact it is the role of the artist to shed new light and vision
on the issues that confront us today, Steve is the classic model, the
real deal.

For Steve Kurtz to now be facing criminal charges, shows the deep
chasm that exists in our society between the artist's role as a
social and political critic, and the society at large. Steve has
shown how the artist-as-citizen might stand up for justice in the
most thoughtful and imaginative way possible.

It is my hope that the case of Steve Kurtz and other CAE
collaborators now under investigation can inspire other artists to
better articulate their vital role in society. Without artistic
freedom, there is no freedom in the world. The artist is constantly
examining, redefining and expanding our notions of freedom. How
hypocritical for the US Government to claim it is bringing freedom
and democracy to oppressive regions of the world, when here at home,
it is condemning one of the great artists of our generation who
speaks out for truth and justice.

In George Orwell's 1984, the motto of Big Brother is:

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

The words resonate all too well in the current social and political
climate. The crisis facing us is much larger than the charges that
may face Steve Kurtz and Critical Art Ensemble. The crisis is that
this madness may soon be staring us all in the face, particularly
those of us fighting for the ideals we thought our nation was all
about. Steve is being victimized by the Patriot Act and the extremist
ideologies behind it. We must not allow this to occur. We must defend
the principles we believe in, and we must defend the role of the
artist as a critical voice to help counter the rising tide of
injustice that has spread since 9-11.

The defense of Steve Kurtz is vital to the defense of the artist,
whose role is to function as a mediator between our strange hostile
world and the human spirit.

Randall Packer
June 8, 2004
Washington, DC

DISCUSSION

Secretary to Address Armed Artists of America in NY


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

Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 7, 2004

Secretary Packer to Address Armed Artists of America in NY
Announcing 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation
at the 2004 Republican National Convention

WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary Randall M. Packer will address the Armed
Artists of America (AAA), calling on them to lead a coalition of
artists to carry out 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation at the 2004
Republican National Convention in New York City. The speech takes
place on Saturday, June 12, 7:00 pm, at the Studio 84 Active Duty
exhibition in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York (84 S. First St.) - a
show "armed with ideas and the tools to create a rapid response
agenda to stop the global progression towards World War III." A
reception with the Secretary begins at 5:00 pm.

At the invitation of Army Veteran Lee Wells, curator of Active Duty,
the Secretary will call on Active Duty artists to inspire other
artists into action by carrying out acts of artistic mediation that
counter the Republican National Convention. The Secretary will
announce numerous artists who are already in various stages of
planning: from Jonny America's march down Lexington Avenue in
colonial garb declaring "The Republicans are Coming," to the Revelers
who will mount the Staton 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 will also announce the US Department of Art &
Technology's 2004 Experimental Party (Un)Convention &
(Dis)Information Center, a convention intervention that subverts
Republican propaganda and welcomes all RNC delegates in order to
inform, transform, and redirect their way of thinking.

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

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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.

Active Duty: Armed Artists of America
http://www.leewells.org/activeduty2/active_duty_press_release.jpg
Studio 84, 84 S. 1st St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Active Duty is curated by the artist and US Army Veteran Lee Wells in
collaboration with Studio 84 artists in residence Michael Krynski and
Tom Billings. Active Duty has mobilized over 33 artists in less than
21 days as a direct response to the current socio-political state of
America and the phenomenal events taking place on, in and around the
world today.

The Experimental Party 2004 (Un)Convention & (Dis)Information Center
http://www.experimentalparty.org

From August 20 to September 4, the US Department of Art & Technology
will present to the nation a uniquely redefined convention: the 2004
Experimental Party National (UN)Convention & (Dis)Information Center.
New York City and LUXE Gallery on 57th St. will serve as the focal
point, but the Department encourages participation by citizens all
over America and throughout the world.

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