RMP 02-06

Relating to the Designation of a
Free Cultural Zone
On the Mexico - US Border
at BORDERHACK 3.0! Festival of Media
August 16 - 18, 2002

Randall M. Packer, Secretary

THE MEDIATING NATIONS, In order to promote international co-operation and to achieve international peace and cultural understanding by the acceptance of obligations not to restrict border passage, by the prescription of open, informed cultural dialogue between nations, by the establishment of the understanding of the aspirations of the artist as a model for spiritual and moral conduct among Governments, and by the maintenance of the role of the artist as a mediator who transcends borders, and a scrupulous respect for the following EXECUTIVE ORDER, in accordance with the laws of the Constitution of the United States of America,

Agree to this Executive Order

WHEREAS, the US and Mexico are linked by geography,
sharing an approximately 2000-mile border:

WHEREAS, the US and Mexico are linked by history, with
significant portions of the land now comprising the southwestern states
having once been governed by Mexico;

WHEREAS, the US and Mexico are linked by culture, with many
Americans speaking Spanish, enjoying Mexican food
and art, and celebrating Mexican holidays
like Dies y Seis and Cinco de Mayo;

WHEREAS, the US and Mexico are linked economically, with Mexico
being the principal trading partner of bordering states;

WHEREAS, the US and Mexico are linked electronically
by Borderhack 3.0! Festival of Media in the border town of
Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the host city
with its theme, ||Delete the Border;

WHEREAS, for the foregoing reasons, the US greatly values
the relationship with Mexico and regards a friendly and
cooperative relationship with Mexico as being of immense
importance to the US;

of the US Department of Art & Technology, by the authority
vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of this country, do
hereby designate the border dividing the US and Mexico
in the vicinity of the Borderhack 3.0! Festival of Media a


AND CHARGE the directors of the festival with duties that include,
but are not limited, to the following:

Represent the US and Mexico with executive power to direct any and all border officials to allow free passage between the two nations without identification or passport clearance;

Arrange and facilitate festival and all other and related cultural events, ceremonies of art, and other shamanistic activities without the imposition of unnecessary border restrictions which function as a dimensional vortex swallowing the traveler without papers;

Organize multimedia performance events and other forms of cyber-induced altered states of hypermediated consciousness that bring about the dissolution of patriotism and other dangerous patterns of behavior that encourage the evils of nationalism;

Promote good relations between the US and Mexico by staging experimental cultural activities that call for culture jamming, border hacking, and the general undermining of anachronistic, pre-21st Century tendencies in these post-apocalyptic times;

Create a contemporary theater of mythos and "cultural pathology" as a sui generis ceremonial space for people to reflect on their attitudes toward other cultures;

Any and all other activities incident to the foregoing or otherwise related thereto as appropriate or as requested as a significant step towards resolving international crises that have at their root the imposition of unnecessary borders and a lack of understanding and cooperation between nations and cultures;

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and cause the Great Seal
of the US Department of Art & Technology to be affixed. Done in the Nation's
Capitol in the City of Washington, DC this 6th day of August, 2002

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

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