U.S. Department of Art & Technology


Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release: April 15, 2003

SECRETARY PACKER TO DELIVER
"SPEECH FOR THE END OF TIME"


WASHINGTON, DC - On April 23, 7:30 PM (EST) Secretary Randall M. Packer of the US Department of Art & Technology will conclude his nationwide tour at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC to deliver the "Speech for the End of Time." The event will be a direct response to war cries from the Administration that are leading us quickly and inevitably down the path to a day of reckoning.

In Secretary Packer's tour - which has included Los Angeles, Boulder, and New York City - he has announced the activation of the Experimental Party, the artist-based political party, the "party of experimentation," and its latest initiative, "10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation."

In the "Speech for the End of Time," Secretary Packer will call on coalition artists to "inspire other artists into action by undergoing aesthetic operation as a form of magic designed as a mediation between our strange hostile world and the human spirit." For more than 100 years, the avant-garde has gone forth from its studios and garrets to fight for utopian aspirations and social transformation. Today's artists have entered a fierce struggle against a grave danger, the existential darkness that has possessed our government, that grips its soul.

For according to William Burroughs, "Weapons that change consciousness could call the war game in question."

"Speech for the End of Time"
Presented by the Communication in Contemporary Society Program
and the Center for the Study of American Government
Johns Hopkins University - Washington, DC

Randall M. Packer
Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30pm @ Room LL07
School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins University 1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
Admission free

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The US Department of Art & Technology
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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
http://www.experimentalparty.org

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.

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