U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Media Release
For Immediate Release: September 1, 2004



WASHINGTON, DC - The Experimental Party DisInformation Center closes its doors in New York City on Saturday, September 4th with the Post-Mortem Lounge 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 final look at the state-of-the-art media installation presented by the US Department of Art & Technology. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

The Post-Mortem Lounge at LUXE is a ceremonial close intended to awaken the spirit of revolution in the terrible aftermath of the 2004 Republican National Convention. The event is dedicated to Jon Henry, National Chairman of the USA Exquisite Corpse, the fallen artist who gave up his life to face the war machine and bring its practices into question. Before his death, Jon Henry left this message: "All artists and citizens must respond now through action and mediation to ensure the revolutionary spirit that lies dormant in our hearts. We must uplift our minds and rise above the shroud of darkness that hangs over our shoulders. We must awaken our American Spirit. We must awaken the Spirit of the Revolution."

Regarding the Experimental Party 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. And yes, we have prevailed."

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, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky and '47,' Trace Reddell, and Rick Silva are also included. Convention coverage by Alexander Provan and the Experimental News team. 

Other featured projects at the Experimental Party DisInformation Center include

Society of the Spectacle (A Digital Remix): Ten-minute DVD art-loop by DJRABBI.
WetheBlog.org: Virtual community for media artists and cultural critics.
Homeland Insecurity Advisory System: Broadcasting the daily governmental threat.
USA Exquisite Corpse: A dark portrayal of the Spirit of America.
Abe Golam for President 2004 (A PolyVocal Remix): Politically reborn avatar-candidate.

On-line projects/info: http://www.experimentalparty.org
Press site: http://www.usdat.us/press

This event is part of the Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas, a citywide cultural festival, Aug 28 - Sept 2


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.

The Experimental Party DisInformation Center

From August 21 to September 4, the US Department of Art & Technology presents the Experimental Party DisInformation Center, "anarchic entertainment for the nation," at the LUXE gallery, 24 W. 57th St. in New York City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am - 6pm. The installation closes on Saturday, September 4, 6 - 8 PM, with the Post-Mortem Lounge.


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

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