U.S. Department of Art & Technology


Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release: June 3, 2003

MDK CONFRONTS CORPORATE CONTROL OF MEDIA

WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Art & Technology is today announcing its plans to release the Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK) in response to an ideologically fractured Federal Communications Commission vote to eliminate media ownership rules.

“We will confront corporate control of mass media, Secretary Randall M. Packer stated outside his office in Washington, DC, “so that a new century is spared new horrors of CNN - the issue Americans should care most about. We will appropriate with magisterial fearlessness, transforming CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News into magical images, and bring about the systematic reordering of the senses through the deconstruction of live, broadcast media.”

Secretary Packer has called on US DAT 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.

FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell, son of Colin, joined fellow Republican commissioners yesterday in approving the changes. The vote has engendered widespread public opposition by lawmakers, consumer and advocacy groups and most American citizens, who fear that further media consolidation will allow the “big guys to get bigger and the little guys to decide whether they want to exist any longer,” according to Tom Wolzien, a senior media analyst at Sanford C. Bernsetin & Co. New York Times Co., which owns 19 newspapers, eight TV stations and two radio stations, declined to comment on potential acquisitions or divestitures.

For better or worse, the proposed regulations are to be known as the Powell Media Doctrine (PMD). "I have had to make peace with myself, to know with every fiber of my being and intellect that this is the right answer, at least in the short term," Powell said. "since it will greatly benefit supporters of the Republican Party, thus insuring President Bush’s re-election in 2004."

Abe Golam, Presidential Candidate of the Experimental Party responded, “what comes after the welfare state so many of our corporations depend on is something we are only beginning to understand in a political, economic, and social context. For what comes next is Empire… We need not practice what we preach,” avatar-candidate Golam cynically exclaimed, “we need only preach what we want the television to transmit to our robotic brethren. For it is our nation of robot worshippers that reigns supreme.”

The US Department of Art & Technology, responding to the gravity of the situation, is collaborating with artists and engineers, including Under Secretary for Radical Militancy Wesley Smith, to discover new tactics which stand at the cradle of art and science. As Secretary Packer stated in a recent Washington speech at Johns Hopkins University, “we must achieve the total deconstruction of media in order to build new formations, and we will advance this transformation we’ve created for purposes of propaganda.”

US DAT intends to distribute the Media Deconstruction Kit among performance artists throughout the nation, who will manipulate media coverage of the national election beginning with the Washington primary in January of 2004. By providing instantaneous access to live, broadcast media - and the ability to act upon it - the Media Deconstruction Kit transforms the one-way paradigm of broadcast media into many-to-many forms of interaction by leveling the playing field between medium and viewer.

The MDK will enable artists to remix live news stories, TV plays, stock market quotations, manifestos, advertising, scramble fabricated news in with actual news broadcasts and put the altered matter out on the Net as a revolutionary weapon. The Department believes these techniques could swamp the mass media with total illusion in 2004.

Trace Reddell, Under Secretary for the Bureau of Pharmakogeographical Surveying, advocates systems of varied media ambiences “diverting [mass media] from its current roadmap to manufactured similitude through an hallucinatory recycling of composted media content.”

US DAT is now rallying the nation’s experimental artists, including newly appointed Under Secretary for the Bureau of the Aesthetic Hyperculture DJ Spooky, to prepare for the virtualization of medial space. In the words of Jon Henry, Chairman of the Experimental Party USA Exqusite Corpse, “True Freedom comes from within and is manifested through one's own struggle to be free… The situation is yours to command, the space is yours to sculpt.”

Media Deconstruction Kit Preview
(requires Quicktime plug-in and broadband connection)

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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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