U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Press Secretary

For Immediate Release: March 13, 2002


Washington, DC. - On April 13th at the Thaw 2002 Festival of Video, Film, and Digital Media in Iowa City, Iowa - the heartland of the nation and a hotbed of American politics - the US Department of Art & Technology will announce the formation of a new artist-based political party, heralding a new era for the nation. The party will be officially named the Experimental Party - the "party of virtualization" - to be built on the inherent strength of the artists' message.

"There is no stopping the Experimental movement," said Randall M. Packer, Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology and National Co-chair of the newly formed Experimental Party Steering Committee. "The new Experimental Party of the United States of America is an artist-driven caucus from which will fuel the momentum against the corporatization of media that is building on a global scale."

The US Department of Art & Technology has decided to form the Experimental Party in order to activate citizens across the country in its effort to bring the artists' message to center stage of the political process. According to Packer, "This is a great political awakening, 'Representation Through Virtualization' is the major political thrust of the Experimental Party, it is the driving force."

"In making this announcement in America's heartland, the Experimental Party is working for the things that will make a positive difference in the lives of average citizens, " Secretary Packer said. "We are working towards new ways of thinking, freedom of association, and extreme states of subjective experience. We propose an end to corporate control of mass media, so that a new century is spared new horrors of CNN - the issue Americans should care most about."
At the University of Iowa, Packer will announce a two-part strategy to build the party in the coming years.

(1) The Experimental Party intends to recruit and support viable artists who will virtualize both Republicans and Democrats at every level of government. The party will subject these two parties to artistic forces of appropriation, virtualization, and transformation.

(2) The Experimentalists will aggressively register new members across the country to create a party that will truly engage the voter, to catalyze the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry into the broader culture where ideas become real action.

Packer's announcement, scheduled for 12:00 PM at the Shambaugh Auditorium at the University of Iowa, will be open for press coverage. The speech will be taped for delayed broadcast over Tel-SPAN, the telematic broadcasting channel of the US Department of Art & Technology. Throughout the day, Packer will be available for questions and for the recruitment of party members.

The Department's "Media Deconstruction Kit" Preview will also be on view at the University of Iowa Art Museum. The "Media Deconstruction Kit" seemlessly integrates data, analytics, theory, electronic art, virtual reality and straight through processing in a single, extraordinarily robust and complete solution delivered in real-time to the desktop, gallery, artist studio, or outdoor media sculpture.

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 ID (drivers' license or passport).

For further information, visit the following URLs:

US Department of Art & Technology
Thaw 2002

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



Return to the Department of Art and Technology news releases

U.S. Department of Art and Technology, Washington, DC, USA