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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RHIZOME_RAW: E.A.T. on the Net


Announcing E.A.T. NET
http://www.eatnet.org

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

E.A.T. NET
http://www.eatnet.org

Zakros InterArts
http://www.zakros.com

DISCUSSION

RHIZOME_RAW: E.A.T. on the Net


Announcing E.A.T. NET
http://www.eatnet.org

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

E.A.T. NET
http://www.eatnet.org

Zakros InterArts
http://www.zakros.com

DISCUSSION

E.A.T. on the Net


Announcing E.A.T. NET
http://www.eatnet.org

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

E.A.T. NET
http://www.eatnet.org

Zakros InterArts
http://www.zakros.com

DISCUSSION

Tribute to Billy Kluver at the National Gallery


The Story of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and
Technology): A Tribute to Billy Kluver"
A dialogue between Randall Packer and Julie Martin
Sunday, 2:00 pm, March 7, 2004
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

With the passing of scientist Billy Kluver on
January 11, 2004, an important chapter came to an
end in the history of art and technology. During
the 1960s, Kluver was a catalyst in sparking
widespread interest in new technologies in the
arts with the founding of E.A.T. (Experiments in
Art & Technology). He collaborated on seminal
works by artists that included Jean Tinguely,
Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns,
John Cage, Robert Whitman, and many others.
Washington media artist Randall Packer, joined by
Kluver's widow and long time partner Julie
Martin, will discuss the numerous achievements of
Billy Kluver and E.A.T. They will overview his
pioneering embrace of collaboration between the
artist and engineer, which encouraged a new role
for the scientist in the advancement of social
issues and new approaches to technology. The
presentation will also feature a screening of the
film "Open Score," showcasing Robert
Rauschenberg's collaborative performance work
included in "9 Evenings of Theater and
Engineering," which led to the formation of
E.A.T. in 1966.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For additional information on Billy Kluver and E.A.T. visit:
E.A.T. NET : http://www.eatnet.org

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Anarchic Entertainment for the Nation


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

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: January 20, 2004

"Anarchic Entertainment for the Nation"

WASHINGTON - Secretary Randall M. Packer of the US Department of Art
& Technology unveils the Experimental Party's "anarchic entertainment
for the nation" to coincide with the launch of the 2004 presidential
election campaign (www.experimentalparty.org). The site is a
challenge to empower all Americans and a call-to-action to "forsake
this menacing world and its reality by participating in a great
political awakening that promises unfettered creativity."

"We've put a lot of time and thought into developing and launching
this highly interactive, multimedia experience that gives people the
tools to explore shifting paradigms, a journey into an alternate
reality, a magic theater," said an enthusiastic Secretary Packer.

Among the site's highlights: avatar-candidate Abe Golam's pledge to
"stir up controversy throughout the global computer networks, that
place where democracy will be fought and won;" WeTheBlog.org founder
Jeff Gates optimistically encourages all citizens "to view the world
out-of-context in order to stay in touch with the pulse of the human
condition;" Roberta Breitmore (National Chairwoman of the
Experimental Party) vows to "provoke presumptions and constrain the
rational;" and the Homeland Insecurity Advisory System, soon to be
completed by Jonah Brucker-Cohen (US Ambassador to the Global
Virtualization Council) promises to be a much needed surveillance
system that will "broadcast the daily threat condition due to risk
resulting from our government-in-action."

Citing the increasingly frightening tactics of the Bush
administration to mount the greatest totalitarian challenge to open
societies in the last 100 years, Packer said the Department's latest
experiment in anarchic entertainment provides an alternative to the
dangerous rhetoric we've all been hearing - instead, the Experimental
Party encourages "a world without fear and with unfeigned pleasure, a
visionary world inspired by the legacy of the avant-garde, for which
we all yearn..."

The Experimental Party
"Anarchic Entertainment for the Nation"
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 of the
Experimental Party, it is the driving force. The Principal Artists
are Roberta Breitmore (created by Lynn Hershman), Jonah
Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Abe Golam (from Mark Amerika's
Grammatron), Jon Henry, Andrew Nagy, Randall Packer, and Wesley Smith.

*****

Contact: Press Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology
press@usdat.us

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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