U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Press Secretary

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2004

Secretary Packer to Address Armed Artists of America (AAA)
Announcing 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation
at the 2004 Republican National Convention

WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary Randall M. Packer will address the Armed Artists of America (AAA), calling on them to lead a coalition of artists to carry out 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The event takes place on Saturday, June 12, 7:00 pm, at the Studio 84 Active Duty exhibition in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York (84 S. First St.) – a show "armed with ideas and the tools to create a rapid response agenda to stop the global progression towards World War III." A reception with the Secretary begins at 5:00 pm.

At the invitation of Army Veteran Lee Wells, curator of Active Duty, the Secretary will call on coalition artists to inspire other artists into action by carrying out acts of artistic mediation that counter the Republican National Convention. The Secretary will announce numerous artists who are already in various stages of planning: from Jonny America's march down Lexington Avenue in colonial garb declaring "The Republicans are Coming," to the Revelers who will mount the Staton Island Ferry and stage a heroic "Crossing of New York Harbor" to liberate Manhattan from the Bush Loyalists, to the Missile Dick Chicks, a posse of pissed-off housewives from Crawford, Texas charged with opposing consumerism by singing songs like "Shop! In the Name of War."

The Secretary will also announce the US Department of Art & Technology's 2004 Experimental Party (Un)Convention & (Dis)Information Center, a convention intervention that subverts Republican propaganda and welcomes all RNC delegates in order to inform, transform, and redirect their way of thinking.

The Secretary added, "Like other totalitarian movements, the Republicans seek to impose a grim vision in which dissent is crushed, and every man and woman must think and live in colorless conformity. We offer to the oppressed peoples of our nation and around the world, the great alternative of human liberty through creative expression. Our country must never allow the Republicans to preach religious extremism with 9-11, to use New York City and Ground Zero as the pulpit for its ideologies."

As Reverand Billy poetically declared, "we have to match that theater, to supplant it, and the RNC is going to be our 9th Symphony."


The US Department of Art & Technology

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.

Active Duty: Armed Artists of America
Studio 84, 84 S. 1st St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

Active Duty is curated by the artist and US Army Veteran Lee Wells in collaboration with Studio 84 artists in residence Michael Krynski and Tom Billings. Active Duty has mobilized over 33 artists in less than 21 days as a direct response to the current socio-political state of America and the phenomenal events taking place on, in and around the world today.

The Experimental Party 2004 (Un)Convention & (Dis)Information Center

From August 20 to September 4, the US Department of Art & Technology will present to the nation a uniquely redefined convention: the 2004 Experimental Party National (UN)Convention & (Dis)Information Center. New York City and LUXE Gallery on 57th St. will serve as the focal point, but the Department encourages participation by citizens all over America and throughout the world.



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