US Department of Art & Technology

Office of the Press Secretary,
For Immediate Release: January 13, 2005


Announcing the Blog-Chronicles of the Secretary-at-Large

WASHING, DC - US DAT Former Secretary Randall M. Packer announces he has taken back the US Department of Art & Technology from the Federal Government.

Packer hacked the Website of US DAT, reclaiming the Government agency he formed in 2001. After four years of turmoil serving the President, compounded by the recent announcement of Ed Ruscha as the new Secretary, he has launched the Blog-Chronicles of the Secretary-at-Large (

Outside his former office in Washington, DC, Packer exclaimed, "The post-modern condition of art and technology, leading to the dissolution of the object and the distribution of hierarchical control from artist to viewer, is an ideal model for the imperative need to shift authority away from the Government. These are perilous times in our nation and in the art world. Therefore, I have reclaimed US DAT in order to break down the mechanisms of authority in art, politics and life."

Employing the Department's state-of-the-art communications system to provide immediate coverage of the unfolding post-apocalyptic condition of America, US DAT invites a global audience to follow the Blog-Chronicles of the Secretary-at-Large, reportage from the aesthetic edge.

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