U.S. Department of Art & Technology


Press Secretary
press@usdat.us

For Immediate Release: July 22, 2003

VISITOR CENTER OPENS IN WASHINGTON, DC

WASHINGTON, DC - On August 15th, 2003, the US Department of Art & Technology opens its Visitor Center at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. A special VIP pre-opening event will take place on August 14th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The Secretary and his staff, along with military aides and secret service, will be on hand to greet visitors. Curator Paul Brewer will host.

Two years ago, following 9/11, the President made a dramatic move to embrace the arts through the creation of the US Department of Art & Technology. The US DAT Visitor Center tells the story of how the Department was formed by artists seeking to reclaim America's Government. The appointment of Randall M. Packer as the Department's first Secretary was one of the most radical decisions made in the history of the White House. Packer's vision for the nation is "to promote cultural growth, improved aesthetic standards for all Americans, and to insure that the artist as visionary, as social revolutionary, has voice in the national dialogue."

Only a block from the White House and just a short walk from the nation's historic Mall, the Corcoran Gallery of Art stands as a major center dedicated to the avant-garde. It is a place where culture reflects everyday life and breaks through the illusion established by the spectacle.

In choosing the Corcoran as the site of the US DAT Visitor Center, Secretary Packer states, "The Corcoran is a remarkable institution that believes art must be active within the culture, not owned by it. With the museum's close proximity to the White House, we now realize our ideals to reconstruct the environment in order to bring about new behaviors through experimentation and propaganda."

The exhibit, with its theme, "Enter a Citizen, Exit a Revolutionary," features a unique collection of tactical media, information panels, and a historical timeline detailing the chronology of the Department and its extraordinary development. Also included is a video promoting the Department's "Experimental Party," featuring speeches and announcements by Secretary Packer, National Chairwoman Roberta Breitmore, avatar-candidate for President Abe Golam, WeTheBlog.org founder Jeff Gates, and the Exquisite Corpse. "We are proud to be able to bring our story to the public's attention," said Tanya Spam, the Department's Assistant Secretary of the Bureau for the Conservation and Preservation of the Suspension of Disbelief, and an independent writer and editor in Washington, DC.

The Visitor Center, which will be on exhibit through October 6, 2003, was organized by the US Department of Art & Technology, the Corcoran College of Art & Design, and the White House Office of Appropriations, in cooperation with the National Park Service.

In conjunction with the show will be a 24/7 live web broadcast over Tel-SPAN (usdat.us/tel-span), the telematic channel of the US Department of Art & Technology, featuring up-to-the-minute proclamations, rants, remixes, manifestos, and other forms of anarchist entertainment by sound artists DJ Spooky, Rick Silva, Trace Reddell among others, as well as a first glimpse of the Media Deconstruction Kit.

The US Department of Art & Technology Visitor Center, located at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St., N.W, Washington, D.C. from August 15 - October 6, will be open from 10 am to 5 pm daily. Closed every Tuesday. Extended hours Thursday evenings until 9 pm and for special Situational Events sponsored by the Department.

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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 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. The Principal Artists are Roberta Breitmore (created by Lynn Hershman), Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Abe Golam (from Mark Amerika's Grammatron), Jon Henry (Exquisite Corpse), Randall Packer, and Wesley Smith.

Tel-SPAN
http://www.usdat.us/tel-span
Tel-SPAN is a public service of the US Department of Art & Technology. Its mission is to provide global access to the artistic process in an increasingly cybernated society. Tel-SPAN provides its audience access to live, real-time distribution of broad forms of cultural content, and to other forums where critical artistic issues are discussed, debated and decided - all without editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of all radical points of view. Tel-SPAN is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center and the Open Source Streaming Alliance. The Principal Engineer is Joe Reinsel.

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