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

Billy Kluver Passed Away


My dear friend and mentor Billy Kluver, the Bell
Labs scientist who sparked the art and technology
movement during the 1960s, died Sunday morning at
his home in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. For all
who knew him, Billy was someone you never forgot:
outspoken, stubborn, brilliant, and defiant. A
true anarchist! As David Ross once told me, Billy
was the real deal.

I have spent the last six years, since meeting
Billy and his wife Julie Martin, drawing
connections between contemporary media arts
practice and Billy's extraordinary achievement
during the 1960s when he befriended such artists
as Jean Tinguely, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage,
Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns - the list goes on -
urging them to explore the new technologies and
collaborating on some of the most important and
adventurous artworks of the time.

It was clear to me that Billy's ideas on the
integration of art and technology and the
collaboration between artist and engineer had a
profound impact on the changing relationship
between the artist and the artwork. Such works as
the Pepsi Pavilion changed the way we look at
art, in which the viewer becomes an integral and
active participant in the composition of the
experience.

But most of all, Billy's anarchist ways were
directly targeted at freeing the artist from the
constraints of traditional materials. He felt
that the engineer as a partner in the creative
process opened doors to artistic thinking and
artistic process that were unimaginable. And he
was right. Since Billy opened those doors in the
1960s, with his collaborative projects and the
founding of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art &
Technology), his imagination, vision, and
commitment to the ideals of art and technology
have had, I believed, the most dramatic impact on
the surge in electronic art and multimedia over
the past twenty years.

I'm sure there will be many tributes for Billy
Kluver in the coming months. I want to bring one
of them to everyone's attention, since Billy and
I had planned to present his work in a dialogue
at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC
on Sunday, March 7th at 2pm. The event will still
take place, but now it will be a lecture and
tribute to his life and work. I hope all of you
who are in the area will come to the National
Gallery to remember Billy.

I want to also note that Billy is survived by his
wife Julie Martin, another dear friend, and a
critical support to Billy and his achievements.
This should also be a moment to give thanks to
Julie for keeping Billy going for all these years
and for being his most important collaborator.

Randall Packer

Billy Kluver Obituary in the New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/13/arts/design/13KLUV.html

In Depth profile on Billy Kluver from Multimedia:
From Wagner to Virtual Reality
http://www.artmuseum.net/w2vr/archives/Kluver/Kluver.html

The Story of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology)
and Its Founder Billy Kluver, Lecture by Randall Packer
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Sunday, March 7, 2 pm
Auditorium

DISCUSSION

2004 Resolution: 'Year of the Experimental'


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

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: January 1, 2004

US Department of Art & Technology
Designates 2004 as the 'Year of the Experimental'

WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Art &
Technology designates the year beginning January
1, 2004, as the 'Year of the Experimental.'
Secretary Randall M. Packer has submitted the
following New Year's Resolution; which is
referred to the Bureau for Experimental States of
the World, Marcos Novak, Under Secretary.

RESOLUTION

Whereas the essence of the Experimental is the
most profound utterance of human expression, with
its impact heard around the world;
Whereas the Experimental is, according to John
Cage, 'simply an action the outcome of which is
not foreseen';
Whereas Experimental Action is the essential
manifestation of the avant-garde, which aspires
to a model of society where free and experimental
modes of conduct will prevail;
Whereas the Spirit of Experimentalism fuels the
ideological battles against the tyranny of
anachronistic behavior;
Whereas the Experimentalists, whether old or
young, male or female, are called upon worldwide
as unique and important Ambassadors of Freedom
and Idealism;
Whereas there are many Experimentalists who need
to be recognized and to have their stories
captured and preserved for future generations;
Whereas it is imperative in these times of dark
crisis to found a new society, propelled by a new
movement of the Experimental, and the potential
of a new politic; and so:

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the US
Department of Art & Technology designates the
year 2004 as the 'Year of the Experimental'; and
requests that the people of our Nation and around
the world observe the 'Year of the Experimental'
with creative acts of freedom of association and
the transformational properties of the ceremonies
of art. As Andre Breton once said, "perhaps the
imagination is on the verge of recovering its
rights."

I hereby declare the 'Year of the Experimental'
to commence on this day, January 1, 2004.

Randall M. Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology

*****

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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DISCUSSION

Media Deconstruction Kit Debut


Digital Media Center and US Department of Art & Technology present
MEDIA DECONSTRUCTION KIT DEBUT

The debut of the Media Deconstruction Kit, created and performed by
Randall Packer and Wesley Smith, will be presented by the US
Department of Art & Technology and the Digital Media Center of Johns
Hopkins University, Saturday, October 25th, 9:00 pm at the Mattin
Arts Center on the JHU campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK) enables artists to appropriate
with magisterial fearlessness, transforming CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News
into magical images to bring about the systematic reordering of the
senses through the deconstruction of broadcast media. The Media
Deconstruction Kit reconfigures, disorients, and amplifies the
mis-information of broadcast media into an immersive, sensorial,
multimedia experience.

Media Deconstruction Kit (Debut)
- Created & performed by Randall Packer & Wesley Smith
- Saturday, October 25, 9:00 pm
- Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins University, Mattin Arts
Center, Baltimore
- The Mattin Arts Center is located at the East end of campus
at the intersection of Charles and 33rd streets in Baltimore
- Broadcast live over TEL-SPAN (http://www.usdat.us/tel-span)
- Admission free, for more information call 410.516.3817

For more information on the Media Deconstruction Kit:
http://experimentalparty.org/corporate.html

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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.

The Digital Media Center
http://digitalmedia.jhu.edu
410.516.3817

The Digital Media Center is an environment where students can express
themselves creatively and expand the sphere of possibilities that are
created when art and technology merge.

DISCUSSION

Media Deconstruction Kit Debut


Digital Media Center and US Department of Art & Technology present
MEDIA DECONSTRUCTION KIT DEBUT

The debut of the Media Deconstruction Kit, created and performed by
Randall Packer and Wesley Smith, will be presented by the US
Department of Art & Technology and the Digital Media Center of Johns
Hopkins University, Saturday, October 25th, 9:00 pm at the Mattin
Arts Center on the JHU campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK) enables artists to appropriate
with magisterial fearlessness, transforming CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News
into magical images to bring about the systematic reordering of the
senses through the deconstruction of broadcast media. The Media
Deconstruction Kit reconfigures, disorients, and amplifies the
mis-information of broadcast media into an immersive, sensorial,
multimedia experience.

Media Deconstruction Kit (Debut)
- Created & performed by Randall Packer & Wesley Smith
- Saturday, October 25, 9:00 pm
- Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins University, Mattin Arts
Center, Baltimore
- The Mattin Arts Center is located at the East end of campus
at the intersection of Charles and 33rd streets in Baltimore
- Broadcast live over TEL-SPAN (http://www.usdat.us/tel-span)
- Admission free, for more information call 410.516.3817

For more information on the Media Deconstruction Kit:
http://experimentalparty.org/corporate.html

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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.

The Digital Media Center
http://digitalmedia.jhu.edu
410.516.3817

The Digital Media Center is an environment where students can express
themselves creatively and expand the sphere of possibilities that are
created when art and technology merge.

DISCUSSION

Outraged Bush Conspires With DC Art Critic


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

Press Secretary
For Immediate Release: September 2, 2003

Outraged Bush Conspires With DC Art Critic

WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Art & Technology (US DAT) has
learned from senior White House officials that an outraged President
George W. Bush directed the Justice Department to conspire with a DC
art critic to discredit the Department and its Visitor Center at the
Corcoran Gallery of Art in a recent review in one of Washington's
alternative newspapers.

Apparently the President felt US DAT's anti-administration,
hyper-political propaganda was too close to home - the Corcoran is
across the street from the White House - ordering Attorney General
John Ashcroft to seek out a local art critic who could be easily
influenced.

Ashcroft was eager to take on the assignment given his recent defense
of the USA Patriot Act. According to the Attorney General, "We
really did not want to undermine the exhibition at the Corcoran, we
just wanted to reveal the true intent of the US Department of Art &
Technology in order to protect our homeland. We felt that working
with a local art critic would give the Department of Justice a good
shot at fighting such blatantly unpatriotic and subversive behavior
as demonstrated by Secretary Randall M. Packer."

What tipped off the Department was a reference to a work by DC
artists Team Response, who in the exhibition satirically depicted the
Secretary's art studio as the "all seeing eye" atop a federal annex
near Colorado Springs. The following statement in the review exposed
the Administration's deep existential paranoia of artists when it
described "Packer's studio as one of those eye-capped pyramids that
stokes conspiracy theories in the brains of stoners staring down the
back of their last dollar."

President Bush meanwhile has called an emergency cabinet meeting in
an effort to suppress the controversy brewing from within his
increasingly fractured Administration. When the White House Press
Secretary was asked to comment he replied, "The President is focused
on what has to happen here, today, based on the facts on the ground.
I'm not going to anticipate or try to anticipate every conceivable
threat that comes from within the Department of Art & Technology. We
are dealing with a series of events that took place, and that's where
we are today. I have no further comment."

Asked if he will seek a congressional investigation, Secretary Packer
exclaimed, "I can understand the President's fear of artists seeking
to reclaim America's government, but what is truly disturbing, is how
easily the media succumb to the hard-ball tactics that prevail in the
Bush Administration. Despite resistance from the Administration and
the local press, we will continue our effort to fight anachronistic
tendencies in order to create 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 Secretary went on to quote the Italian Futurists, "Realizing the
scope of our task and the imperative need for success, we intend to
exalt aggressive action, a feverish insomnia, the racer's stride, the
mortal leap, the punch and the slap."

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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.

US DAT Visitor Center

The US DAT Visitor Center, currently on view until October 6 at the
Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has as its theme, "Enter a
Citizen, Exit a Revolutionary." The exhibit features a unique
collection of tactical media, information panels, and a historical
timeline detailing the chronology of the Department and its
extraordinary development. The Visitor Center was organized by the US
Department of Art & Technology, the Corcoran College of Art & Design,
and the White House Office of Appropriations.

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