U.S. Department of Art & Technology


Press Secretary
press@usdept-arttech.net

For Immediate Release: February 4, 2003

SECRETARY PACKER BEGINS NATIONWIDE TOUR
ANNOUNCING "10,000 ACTS OF ARTISTIC MEDIATION"

Washington, DC - Secretary Randall M. Packer will travel across the nation in the coming weeks to announce the activation of the Experimental Party, and its latest initiative, "10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation."

In a much anticipated speech on February 11 at the UCLA Department of Design and Media Arts, his first West Coast address since taking office, Secretary Packer will call on artists to serve their nation - in celebration of the universal spirit of collective expression - by joining the Experimental Party. The Party intends to engage artists in acts of appropriation through art and polemic, manifesto and demonstration, love and politics.

Following his speech at UCLA, the Secretary will travel to the University of Colorado, Boulder on February 26th, and New York University on March 10th, outlining "10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation" as an urgent response in these extraordinary times of crisis.

According to Secretary Packer, "Today, the gravest danger we face, the gravest danger facing America and the world, is the existential darkness that has possessed our government."

Last November, Secretary Packer gave a crucial speech at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, where he announced the Joint Resolution to "Authorize the Use of Artistic Mediation," which demanded that the Administration avoid use of force in Iraq. The Joint Resolution was approved by the US Department of Art & Technology along with the Global Virtualization Council.

However, according to Secretary Packer, "Clearly, the President is not disarming. To the contrary; he is applying brutal diplomacy and systems of espionage to achieve his aim to liberate the world from the forces of evil and darkness."

In an effort to catalyze a collective response from the cultural community, the Department has activated the Experimental Party, an artist-driven political party, "the party of experimentation," as a grassroots campaign to construct a model of society where free and experimental modes of conduct will prevail.

"10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation"
Tuesday, February 11th, 6pm @ EDA (104 North Kinross)
University of California, Los Angeles
presented by the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts (310) 825-9007

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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 US Department of Art & Technology
http://www.usdept-arttech.net

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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