Randall Packer
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Since the 1980s, multimedia artist, composer, writer and educator Randall Packer has worked at the intersection of interactive media and live performance. He has received international acclaim for his socially and politically infused critique of media culture, and has performed and exhibited at museums, theaters, and festivals throughout the world. Packer is also a writer and scholar in new media, most notably the co-editor of Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality and the author of his long running blog: Reportage from the Aesthetic Edge. He holds an MFA and PhD in music composition and has taught multimedia at the University of California, Berkeley, Maryland Institute College of Art, American University, CalArts, and Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he teaches the art of the networked practice. Most recently, he developed Open Source Studio (OSS), an international project exploring collaborative online research and teaching in the media arts. Packer is also an artist educator at the Museum of Modern Art: his online course received an award from Museums and the Web as the best educational site of 2014. Packer works and teaches remotely from his underground studio bunker in Washington, DC.
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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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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

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.