Randall Packer
Since the beginning
Works in United States of America

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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Secretary to Announce 'Artistic Convergence' in Seoul

US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: April 30, 2004


WASHINGTON, DC - In his first official tour of Asia, Secretary
Randall M. Packer will give an opening address at the Seoul Digital
Forum in South Korea on May 6th, 7pm (UTC/GMT +9 hours), announcing a
bold new initiative, 'Artistic Convergence,' intended to embed
revolutionary artistic strategies for social transformation into the
heart of global information and communication industries.

Seoul Digital Forum has as its key thematic objective, "value
reshuffling," where the "previous paradigms to extract profit by
creating value no longer applies." Secretary Packer plans to
reshuffle the corporate deck through the introduction of 21st century
survival techniques of artistic mediation, stating Marshall McLuhan's
declaration, "the artists picks up the message of cultural and
technological challenge decades before its transforming impact
occurs. He, then, builds models or Noah's arks for facing the change
that is at hand."

The opening ceremonies of Seoul Digital Forum, organized by the Seoul
Broadcast System (SBS) will take place at SBS Mok-Dong Headquarters
May 6-7 in Seoul, featuring such notable media luminaries as Nicholas
Negroponte (MIT Media Lab) and Jeffrey Katzenberg (DreamWorks), as
well as the Minister of Information & Communication, Republic of
Korea. Secretary Packer, quoting his Under Secretary for the Bureau
of Cultural Transformation and Paradigmatic Shifts: "No curators, no
critics, no CEO's really know where it is artists are taking us in
this extraordinary moment. I find that quite exhilarating, a little
frightening at times, primarily it's energizing. We can only project
the hope and promise of creating a new structure for artists to gain
access to the technology of the broadcast medium, which until now has
been monopolized by corporate interests."

During his tour, Secretary Packer will unveil the Media
Deconstruction Kit (MDK), a recent initiative of the Department
intended to confront corporate control of mass media. The Secretary
will install MDK at an exhibition at the Seodaemun Prison in Seoul
(organized by the Institute for Media Art, Yonsei, University,
opening May 4), to raise awareness of an escalating social condition
in which we are imprisoned by the Spectacle through a distortion of
information as disseminated by the broadcast news media.

With a view to the creation of conditions of artistic convergence in
government and industry to effect radical change in the adoption of
cutting-edge information and communications technologies, the
Secretary will promote: (a) tactical methodologies and techniques of
artistic mediation; (b) recognition of movements of international
activist, hyper-mediated, utopian, and related ideologies; (c)
universal respect for, and observance of, social change through
fundamental creative acts of expression for all citizens; (d) the
transformation of the one-way paradigm of broadcast media into
many-to-many forms of interaction by leveling the playing field
between medium and viewer.

The Secretary will also discuss a new array of important services to
US citizens and to foreigners seeking to visit or navigate through
virtual environments.

Secretary Packer's address will be open for press coverage. Media
representatives may cover this event upon presentation of either (1)
a US Government-issued identification card (Department of State,
White House, Congress, Department of Art and Technology, or Foreign
Press Center), (2) a photo ID issued by the employing media
organization, or (3) a letter on official letterhead from their news
organization verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied
by an official photo


Contact: Press Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology

The US Department of Art & Technology

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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INTERFACE @ LOCAL 16 / Experimental Party

@ LOCAL 16 [art + activism]


Activating the Nation's Capital through Artistic Mediation

1602 U ST, NW
free/cash bar

Andy Deck, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky & 47, Randall Packer, Trace
Reddell, Rick Silva, Wesley Smith

Noskilz Sound & Video Syndicate, Pneuthogram, Sick Bed


Organized by the US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC


Online Deconstruction of Live Broadcast Media

US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: March 24, 2004

US DAT Announces New Online
Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK)
to Transform & Deliver Live, Altered
News Broadcasts to the World

MDK Broadband Services Enhance Citizens Experience of Live Cultural
Appropriation (http://www.experimentalparty.org/mdk)

Washington, DC - The US Department of Art & Technology announces
today new network and Internet service capabilities that transform an
array of appropriated live news broadcasts - from advertisements to
political pundancy, live news updates to cable network logos - and
put the altered matter out on the Net. The Department believes these
techniques could swamp the mass media with total illusion in 2004 as
the election rhetoric ramps up.

A project of its Experimental Party initiative, The Department said
it is introducing these new capabilities to deconstruct networks like
Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, and to reliably deliver to its end-users a
range of transformed imagery and fragmented sound to bring about the
systematic reordering of the senses.

Trace Reddell, Under Secretary for the Bureau of Pharmakogeographical
Surveying, advocates systems of varied media ambiences "diverting
[mass media] from its current roadmap to manufactured similitude
through an hallucinatory recycling of composted media content."

"Today's announcement is significant because it illustrates US DAT's
continued commitment to confront corporate control of mass media,"
Secretary Randall M. Packer stated outside his office in Washington,
DC, "so that a new century is spared new horrors of Fox News - the
issue Americans should care most about."

The US Department of Art & Technology, responding to the gravity of
the situation, is collaborating with artists and engineers, including
Under Secretary for Cultural Appropriations Wesley Smith, to discover
new tactics that stand at the cradle of art and science. As Secretary
Packer stated in a recent Washington speech at Johns Hopkins
University, "we must achieve the total deconstruction of media in
order to build new formations, and we will advance this
transformation we've created for purposes of propaganda."

Media Deconstruction Kit Online
A Project of the Experimental Party

The US Department of Art & Technology

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

The Experimental Party - the "party of experimentation" - is an
artist-based political party 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 of the Experimental Party, it is the driving force.

Contact: Press Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology

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The New Techne : Scott Fisher Keynote

The New Techne
A Symposium on Collaboration in the Art & Sciences
Presented by the Center for New Media, Maryland Institute College of Art
and the Digital Media Center, Johns Hopkins University

Reception starting at 5 pm
Keynote Lecture by Scott Fisher at 7pm
Thursday, April 8, 2004

Maryland Institute College of Art
Brown Center
1301 Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD
free and open to the public

Sponsored by Intel and Firaxis Games

The New Techne Keynote Lecture will feature artist/scientist Scott
Fisher in the Hall @ Brown Center at 7pm. Fisher conducted seminal
research in virtual reality (VR) and telepresence in the late 1980s
at the NASA-Ames Research Center in California, where he worked on
the Virtual Environment Workstation (VIEW) project. There, he
pioneered the development of technology for multi-sensory interaction
with cybernetic devices, creating the powerful illusion of entering a
digitized landscape. "The possibilities of virtual realities, it
appears, are as limitless as the possibilities of reality, they can
provide a human interface that disappears - a doorway to other
worlds." - Scott Fisher

The lecture is preceded by a reception from 5 - 7 p.m, with DVD
presentations of MICA/JHU/Peabody Conservatory of Music
collaborations; Intel supported art and technology projects by
Rebecca Allen, Greg Niemeyer, Chris Chafe, Danny Rozin, Vibeke
Sorensen, Richard Brown, Ken Goldberg, Victoria Vesna, James
Gimsewski, and Bill Seaman; works by Hunt Valley-based Firaxis Games
including Pirates!, Civilization III, and SimGolf; and remarks by
Firaxis Founder, CEO, and President Jeffrey Briggs (6:45 pm).

The lecture and reception kicks off a two-day symposium that offers a
unique opportunity for artists and scientists at the participating
institutions to build bridges for collaboration and to seek support
from industry. The New Techne is an interdisciplinary initiative
whose objective is to advance opportunities for research and projects
in such emergent fields as biomedical engineering, telematics,
transgenics, hypermedia, data imaging, intelligent systems,
generative art, and other hybrid areas. The New Techne is organized
jointly by Randall Packer of MICA's Center for New Media and Joan
Freedman of the Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center.

For more information:

MICA Office of Communications


RHIZOME_RAW: E.A.T. on the Net

Announcing E.A.T. NET

We are announcing the launch of E.A.T. NET, designed to reach
everyone interested in the activities of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art
and Technology). E.A.T. was formed in the 1960s by Billy Kluver,
Robert Rauschenberg, Fred Waldhauer, and Robert Whitman, out of the
collaborative effort between artists, engineers and sponsors. Today,
E.A.T. NET contains information about the purpose and function of
E.A.T., a portal to online resources about E.A.T., and current news
on E.A.T. related events, projects and exhibitions.

A project of E.A.T. and Zakros InterArts


Zakros InterArts