U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Media Release
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2004


WASHINGTON, DC - The Experimental Party rolls into New York on Saturday, August 21st just ahead of the Republican National Convention with the opening of its Propaganda Hospitality Suite at LUXE Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, NYC from 6 - 8 PM. Politicos, press, protestors, Republicans, performance artists, and the public will gather for a first look at the Experimental Party DisInformation Center, a state-of-the-art media installation presented by the US Department of Art & Technology. The exhibition runs through Saturday, September 4th, when it will close with a Post-Mortem Lounge from 6 - 8 PM. Regular hours for the installation are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

The Propaganda Hospitality Suite at LUXE will bring together diverse elements of the politically-charged artists and activists converging on New York for an evening of pre-convention revelry, featuring special appearances by Axis of Eve, Billionaires for Bush, Armed Artists of America (AAA), USA Exquisite Corpse, The Secretary, and the Voice of America singing "God Bless America." All artists, citizens and Republicans are encouraged to "bring your own propaganda" (BYOP). Official Experimental Party Martinis will be served up by the US DAT Under Secretary for Haute Cuisine, designer of the top-secret EP Martini recipe.

Regarding the DisInformation Center, US DAT Secretary Randall M. Packer stated, "We selected New York City to stage a 'convention intervention' in order to subvert the ensuing propaganda of the Republicans with our own techniques of media and illusion. Our decision will show that if you want to carry out anarchic entertainment for the nation, there's no place better in the world to do it than New York City during the Republican National Convention!"

Secretary Packer has collaborated with US DAT staff artists including: Mark Amerika, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Jon Henry, Lynn Hershman, Gregory T. Kuhn, Andrew Nagy, and Wesley Smith. Additional works by Andy Deck, DJ Spooky and '47,' Trace Reddell, and Rick Silva are also included. Convention coverage by Alexander Provan and the Experimental News team. 

Featured projects at the Experimental Party DisInformation Center include:

Media Deconstruction Kit (MDK): A commentary on the powerful and hypnotic narcosis of television and its propaganda. In response, MDK is a real-time system that alters broadcast media live and in real-time, transforming news stories, advertising, political pundancy, live up-dates, scrolls, and network logos into an immersive, sensorial, multimedia experience. (Randall Packer, Wesley Smith)

Society of the Spectacle (A Digital Remix): A ten-minute DVD art-loop that uses source material from the writing, images, recordings, and other psychogeographical wanderings of arch-Situationist and French philosopher
Guy Debord. The art work, composed by members of DJRABBI, filters the Situationist icons, concepts and strategies through an eclectic mix of contemporary software and "net art ideology", a space of mind where the society of the spectacle becomes hostage to "the virtual condition." (Mark Amerika, Trace Reddell, Rick Silva).

WetheBlog.org: A medium that offers an artistic alternative to the spin-doctors of the political parties. WetheBlog.org is the virtual community to participate in with media artists, cultural critics and other creative people who are repositioning themselves as new leaders in the governance of this planet. Read about it, talk about it, act on it, - and be part of a political awakening. (Jeff Gates)

Homeland Insecurity Advisory System: A Web-based initiative designed to broadcast the daily threat condition confronting citizens of the US and around the world due to the risk of our government-in-action. Daily news feeds reporting on political events from mainstream media are filtered through a custom software system yielding an accurate assessment of risk due to the Administration's policies, speeches, announcements and decisions. (Jonah Brucker-Cohen)

Awaken: Jon Henry is an artist-hero who died for his nation defending the spirit of artistic freedom . The body of Jon Henry lies in an open casket, surrounded by flowers and video monitors, invoking the revolutionary spirit that is suppressed in each of us. Viewers will be faced with a dark reality that portrays the Spirit of America, its collective spirit, each individual spirit in a marriage of death with destiny. (Jon Henry)

Abe Golam for President 2004 (A PolyVocal Remix): Abe Golam delivers stream-of-consciousness prognostications on the condition of humanity. This politically reborn avatar-candidate has decided to change American political culture by remixing Government announcements, proclamations, speeches, and iconography, altering their current meaning as articulations and symbols of unbridled power, corruption and greed, and exploding them into a passionate call for reclaiming the spirit of experimentation and a new vision for the future of democracy. (Mark Amerika, Randall Packer)

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Experimental Party DisInformation Center
A Convention Intervention!
LUXE Gallery, 24 W. 57th St., #503
New York City
August 21 – September 4
Opening: Saturday, August 21, 6 – 8 pm
Closing: Saturday, September 4, 6 – 8 pm
Hours: Tues. – Sat., 11AM – 6PM
Press Secretary, Megan Morrow

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About 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.

About the Experimental Party

The Experimental Party, the "party of experimentation”, is an initiative 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, it is the driving force.


US Department of Art & Technology | Washington, DC Fax: 202.342.1293 | E-mail: press@usdat.us

LUXE Gallery | 24 W. 57th St., #503, New York City | 10019
Tel: 212.404.7455 | Fax: 212.404.7456 | E-mail: Stefluxe@aol.com
Stefan Stoyanov, Director

This event is part of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas, a citywide cultural festival, Aug 28 - Sept 2, designed to inspire, instigate and support civic engagement through the arts. http://www.imagine04.org

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