U.S. Department of Art & Technology


Press Secretary
press@usdept-arttech.net

For Immediate Release: October 23, 2002

SECRETARY PACKER PUSHES FOR RESOLUTION
TO AUTHORIZE ARTISTIC ACTS OF MEDIATION

Washington, DC - Secretary Randall M. Packer of the US Department of Art & Technology has offered a ground-breaking resolution: the Secretary has called for Department Staff and the Artist-Ambassadors of the Global Virtualization Council to consider and vote on the Joint Resolution to Authorize Acts of Artistic Mediation (US DAT J. Res. 1).

The Covenant for the Articles of Artistic Mediation, collectively co-authored by artists and critics from around the world, was originally transmitted on June 19th, 2002 to the US Department of State at the World Mediation Summit in Washington, DC. The resolution now under debate would effectively carry out authorization of the Articles of Artistic Mediation in this historic resolve to help bring about world peace.The resolution reaffirms the power of art to prevent war, it promotes artists to act in emergency, and it specifically calls for the artistic action as an alternative to military force against Iraq.

"There is a need for the American public to understand the dangerous tendencies of the Bush Regime," Secretary Packer stated in his office in Washington, DC. "There has been some public discussion, but relatively little. This resolution calls for regime change in America by authorizing acts of artistic mediation in an effort to bring the artist message to center stage of the political process."

The Joint Resolution of the US Department of Art & Technology and the Global Virtualization Council, would provide a basis for international understanding of the artist's position on cultural conflicts, which are of great concern in our increasingly apocalyptic world.

According to Secretary Packer, "Approving this resolution means that artistic action is imminent and unavoidable. If this authorization of the use of artistic mediation is supported by thoughtful and experienced members of our Staff and the Council of Artist-Ambassadors, the international community might well be reassured that artists speak with one voice and are determined to make the demands of the civilized world mean something. We will be sending a message to President Bush: his only choice is full compliance, and the time remaining for that choice is limited."

"The President's actions have put us on notice," Packer stated, "and there is no refuge from our responsibilities. We did not ask for this present challenge, but we accept it. As Marshall McLuhan said, 'To prevent undue wreckage in society, the artist tends now to move from the ivory to the control tower of society.'"

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Covenant for the Articles of Artistic Mediation
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The Covenant for the Articles of Artistic Mediation was officially transmitted on June 19th, 2002 to the US Department of State at the World Mediation Summit in Washington, DC. The World Mediation Summit was convened under the theme "Artist as Mediator on the World Stage," held at the Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, the German Cultural Center in Washington, DC, as a signal of the cultural community's determination to tackle head-on the extraordinary challenges faced by the world after the attacks of September 11th.

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