August 08, 2007

University Film & Video Conference

61st Annual UFVA Conference
University of North Texas, Denton
Department of Radio, Television and Film
August 8 - 11, 2007

School of the Visual Arts

America's Grave / Eulogy for the Nation
(performance canceled)

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April 26, 2007

The Artist as Mediator

Keynote Speaker: NAAO Conference (North American Artists Organization)
Friday, 7:00 PM, April 26, Los Angeles
Japanese American Cultural Center

Mediation in the current art discourse is the process in which the different disciplines are employed in questioning, challenging and experimenting with new models and forms that propose social and political change. This presentation describes artistic strategies and methodologies developed over the past five years in conjunction with the US Department of Art & Technology, a virtual government agency created as a critique of the role of the artist in society and politics.

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April 23, 2007

Isadora Duncan Awards Ceremony

Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Ceremony

Presented at the the Bay Area Dance Awards

In association with Bay Area National Dance Week,, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Monday, April 23rd, 2007
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
6:00 pm Greeting Reception
7:00 pm Awards Ceremony

Ballet Mori - 1st Prize, Sound Category

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April 19, 2007


MULTIMEDIALE considers the process in which the artist engages new media to affect or offer social and political change. Society is a global network of immediate communication in which artists proctively participate by using experimental media strategies. They explore new possibilities and reach outside the boundaries of their specific local situation and discipline. Using art as a vehicle for dialogue and criticism, they affect public opinion by building models and conceptual frames to offer social change or alternatives.

MULTIMEDIALE offers multiple ways of approaching art that goes far beyond traditional ways of thinking about media. It stimulates artists to create new work and explore new spaces for art making (= the city and its virtual appearance), hence the theme: CAPTURING THE CAPITAL!

MULTIMEDIALE seeks to energize the Washington DC community with new ideas about art, society and politics.

Organized by Randall Packer and Niels Van Tomme, curated by Niels Van Tomme.

America's Grave & the Eulogy for the Nation will be presented at Provisions Libary as part of MULTIMEDIALE, a Festival of Art, Politics, and New Media in Washington, DC, April 19 through April 22, 2007. The theme of MULTIMEDIALE is Capturing the Capital!

As part of the festival, renowned Turkish curator Beral Madra will lecture on "Art as Mediation" at American University, April 19th, 7pm.

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February 15, 2007

Art as Mediation

Panel Discussion
Art as Mediation
Thursday, February 15, 2007, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The New School, Michael Klein Room
66 West 12th Street, 5th floor
New York City
Admission: $8, free for all students as well as CAA attendees and New School faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID

This panel explores how communications and new media are increasingly employed in the arts to engage, connect, and empower global audiences in times of crisis.

As ruptures from world crises deepen, more people look to alternative models for exchange and mediation. Technological means have recently surfaced in the arts that successfully bridge social, cultural, and political differences. Different disciplines come into play, in questioning, challenging, and experimenting with social and political change. How do artists, curators, and theorists use telecommunications technology proactively? How do peer-to-peer networks, on-line social spaces, and blogs lead to participation and empowerment? How are artists using electronic systems to reposition the notion of dialogue and to define dialogue as mediation that counters or disrupts stereotypes and dangerous ideologies?

The panel features artists, theorists, writers, thinkers and critics from different backgrounds, and is moderated by artist Randall Packer.

Steve Dietz, curator and Director, Zero-One, San Jose, CA
Carin Kuoni, curator and Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School, New York
Drazen Pantic, internet activist, Co-Director, Location One, New York
Jon Winet, artist and Professor, University of Iowa

Randall Packer, artist, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, American University, Washington D.C., Secretary-at-Large, U.S. Department of Art & Technology

Presented on occasion of the College Art Association's 95th Annual Conference in association with the New Media Caucus.

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January 24, 2007

Speech for the Last Judgment

January 24, 2007
Provisions Library
1611 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Feature Speaker
Lecture/performance: Speech for the Last Judgment

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December 04, 2006

Narcisuss Well - Artist Talk

Randall Packer will speak at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC on his recent work, Narcissus Well.

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November 06, 2006

Orf's Immolation

Orf's Immolation will be presented at the ICMC Conference (International Computer Music Conference) in New Orleans, Nov 6 - 7, 2006.

ORF'S IMMOLATION was originally created as a site-specific performance
work, presented as the closing event of Mardi Gras, New Orleans, February
28, 2006, 11:00 pm - 12:00 am CST. ORF'S IMMOLATION was performed
by a solo tenor (Orf) accompanied by a mobile audio-visual system enabling
video projection and sound distribution in a multimedia walkthrough of the
streets of New Orleans. ORF'S IMMOLATION was executed from
Washington Park in the Marigny Triangle to the St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson
Square in the heart of the French Quarter. Images of the hurricane and its
aftermath, drawn from broadcast news footage, were projected on the caped
figure of Orf (derived from the myth of Orpheus), while he sang classic
American songs (blues, jazz, and spirituals) set to an original electronic
composition. ORF’S IMMOLATION confronts social and political conditions
in America that led to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. The work underscores the necessity of the active observer during perilous times, as Orf
metaphorically ‘absorbs’ the imagery of horror and devastation of Katrina
culminating in a fiery self-immolation in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. The
act of immolation is intended as a symbolic gesture evoking defiance,
catharsis, purification and rebirth. ORF’S IMMOLATION attempts to recover
and reclaim what is sacred and what is at risk, what is fragile in the unique
culture of New Orleans.

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November 03, 2006

Artist Talk - ATHICA

Randall Packer will give an artist talk and walkthrough of the US DAT installation at ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art), America on the Brink.

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November 01, 2006

Screening - Religion of the Lie

he University of Georgia department of theatre and film studies will present artist Randall Packer and tenor Charles Lane in a screening and panel discussion of the multimedia theatre work, Religion of the Lie (Orf’s Baptism), a segment of the US Department of Art & Technology project, A Season in Hell.

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October 31, 2006

Religion of the Lie

The University of Georgia department of theatre and film studies will present artist Randall Packer and tenor Charles Lane in a new multimedia theatre work, Religion of the Lie (Orf’s Baptism), produced in collaboration with UGA students, a site-specific work at the Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery, an African-American historic site in Athens.

Religion of the Lie (Orf’s Baptism) is the latest installment of the epic multimedia work-in-progress, A Season in Hell, a commentary on the path of the United States in the post-9/11 era produced under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Art and Technology. The current work confronts deteriorating conditions resulting from some fundamentalist forms of religious ideology.

The character Orf, who like the mythological Orpheus transgresses boundaries between the living and the dead, is an aesthetic being traveling from the “Other World” to visit Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery to speak with the dead.

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September 30, 2006

Performing the Mapped, Mobile, Networked, Translocal or Distributed

Panel discussion, Symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington
Discussion of the Situational Tour project in America's Bible Belt

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September 29, 2006

Situational Tour USA Bible Belt

The Situational Tour: USA Bible Belt was a spontaneous, site-specific blog narrative and performance video — cultural dissection for perilous times in post-apocalyptic America - of the dissolving boundary between religion and politics in the South. The documentation was carried out September 19 - 26 in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

is a transdisciplinary festival and symposium of creativity, theory, research and technoculture.
September 29th-October 14th, 2006
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

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September 15, 2006

Narcissus Well

Wichita Falls Museum of Art
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, Texas

Take Me to the River
September 15 - December 10

Narcissus' Well
in collaboration with Gregory Kuhn, Joseph Howard, and Wesley Smith

"What you hope to lay hold of has no existence. Look away and what you love is nowhere. This is your own shadow." – Narcissus Legend from Ovid's Metamorphoses

Narcissus' Well is an interactive multimedia installation that investigates how we are absorbed in the ephemeral, the intangible, the invisible, and the faraway – the quest for self-knowledge mediated through technology. The installation employs a configuration of concave spherical mirrors and real-time digital imaging, in which the spectator interacts with what is described optically as a “real image,” a rendering of his or her own mirror image extruded three-dimensionally into the physical space.

One of the most ancient parables depicting the experience of self was the legend of Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image reflected in a perfect pool of water. Narcissus ultimately destroyed himself in the unresolved predicament of self-absorption and self-love. Interaction with one’s mirror image in the installation, like that of Narcissus’ futile attempt to embrace himself in the agitated waters of the reflecting pool, leads to a spectacular audio-visual dematerialization of the viewer experience: a dissolution and immersion in water.

This sensation of absorption and the loss of one’s presence also finds its roots in the fear of souls being captured in mirrors. The Etruscan word for soul, hinthial, literally means, “image reflected in a mirror.” In contemporary times we may ask: is the search for self-knowledge extended and amplified through the medium of digital media? Or, do we find ourselves in a crisis - like that of Narcissus’ confusion or the loss of the soul – in which we can no longer make the distinction between that which is real and that which is not, the convergence and blurring of the real and the virtual, the loss of self in the absence of reality.

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Narcissus Well Lecture Presentation

A lecture presentation on Narcissus Well was given for the students in the Art Department at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. The collaborative team of Gregory Kuhn, Joe Howard and Wesley Smith also participated.

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September 09, 2006

Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHICA)


WASHINGTON, DC - In advance of the fall midterm election in November, the US Department of Art & Technology (US DAT) announces plans to lead an ambitious artistic response mobilization. America on the Brink: A Political Exegesis Under the Aegis of the US DAT, will be open to public viewing at ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art from September 9 - November 5, 2006, at 160 Tracy St., Unit 4, in Athens, Georgia. The opening reception will take place Saturday, September 9, from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

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August 10, 2006

ISEA 2006

ISEA 2006
International Society for the Electronic Arts
San Jose, CA

Art as Mediation in the Age of Global Communication
Symposium Artist Presentation
Thursday, August 10, 4 - 6 pm

Mediation in the current art discourse is the process in which the different disciplines are employed in questioning, challenging and experimenting with new models and forms that propose social and political change. One of the most effective means of mediation in contemporary new media art has been through analogies and metaphors in which narration, analogies and metaphors are not any more representative – artists now use these techniques proactively as mechanisms of mediation and intervention. This presentation describes artistic strategies and methodologies developed over the past five years in conjunction with the US Department of Art & Technology, a virtual government agency created as a critique of the role of the artist in society and politics.

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June 28, 2006

VIVA Festival

VIVA Festival
at De Stad als Theater
in Zwolle ˆ Nederland

28 June

Sara Rossi - Le Cocu Magnifique - 2003, 8‚ Italy
Deborah Ligorio - From donut to spiral - 2004, 7‚00‚‚ Italy
Axel Stockburger, We Accept, 2003, 3‚00 UK
Randall Packer, State of the Union (The Fateful Embrace), 2005, 8‚00, USA
Harun Farocki, Eye/Machine 2, 2002, 15‚00, Germany
Tyler Jacobson, Rolls of Information, 2002, 6‚45, USA
Melchor Martinez ˆ Sin Titulo, 2005, 3‚ Spain
Agricola de Cologne - Truth paradise found - 2005, 3‚ Germany
Xenia Vargova - One minute movie - 2004, 1‚ Bulgaria

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April 20, 2006

Weisspollack | Chelsea

Orf Comes to Washington
from the multimedia opera, A Season in Hell

Screening at Weisspollack Gallery | Chelsea
Opening April 20

521-531 West 25th Street
Ground floor #9
New York City 10011

tel: 212.989.3708
fax: 212.989.6392

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April 04, 2006

San Francisco Ballet

Ballet Mori: a ballet conducted by the earth
Presented by the San Francisco Ballet
SF Opera House, 4 April 2006

In honor of the Centennial of the 1906 Earthquake, Ballet Mori will engage the earth as a living medium and a conductor for dance. Minute ground movement will be measured at UC Berkeley's Hayward Fault and conveyed via the internet to the San Francisco Opera House. On stage, Principal Dancer Muriel Maffre will respond in real time to a musical composition modulated by the unpredictable fluctuations of the earth's movement.

* Composer, Randall Packer
* Concept Director, Ken Goldberg
* Solo Dancer, Muriel Maffre
* Choreographer, Yuri Possokhov
* Set and Costume Designer, Ben Pierce
* Lighting Designer, Gregory Kuhn
* Network Designer, Vijay Vasudevan
* Graphic Designer, Gil Gershoni
* Costume Construction, Christine Darch

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March 10, 2006

Irish Biennial Exhibition

Video Documenation from Orf's Immolation will be shown at the 30th annual, 6th Biennial Exhibition of Visual Art (e v a), Limerick, Ireland

As part of the Library of Social Manifestations curated by Jennifer Nelson for Daghdha Dance Company. Featuring: Jeremiah Day, Flotsam, Melissa Longenecker, Jennifer Nelson, Eddo Stern, Christopher Trembley, US Department of Art and Technology, Michael Wilson, Natalie Zimmerman

On generosity, giving, sharing and social exchange

Curated by Katerina Gregos

10 March – 21 May 2006

Limerick City Art Gallery, The Hunt Museum, Daghdha Space, Limerick School of Art & Design, Belltable Arts Centre, The Granary, University of Limerick, Bourne Vincent Gallery, St. Mary’s Cathedral

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Scope New York Art Fair

Orf Comes to Washington to Bear Witness, from A Season in Hell, will be screened at the Scope New York Art Fair March 10-13, as part of [PAM], Perpetual Art Machine

An interactive multimedia experience and research project, integrating selected film, video and new media. Presented by Lee Wells in collaboration with Chris Borkowski, Aaron Miller and Raphaele Shirley. PAM creates a dynamic sensory environment that allows the artist and the viewer to participate in the curatorial process both at Scope New York and on the Web.

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February 28, 2006

Mardi Gras | New Orleans

Orf's Immolation
A Performance Event for Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Created by Randall Packer & Company
Performed by Charles Lane (tenor)
Presented by the US Department of Art & Technology
Washington, DC

Conceived and Directed by Randall Packer in collaboration with:
Charles Lane, tenor
John Anderson, video
Steven Allen + Fernando Mares, costume
Carrie Mallory, videography
Teague Clare, videography
Yauger Williams, videography

and special guest: Phyllis Hecht, Eurydice

Continue reading "Mardi Gras | New Orleans"

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February 24, 2006

College Art Assocation

College Art Association
Boston, MA

Panel Discussion: Defining the Digital Canon
Saturday 25 Feb, 9:30-noon, Hynes Convention Center, Third Level, Room 302
Kate Schaffer, Edward Shanken, Bret van Hoesen, Randall Packer, David Bate

Digital Art: A Loaded Canon

In this paper, I outline seminal currents and paradigms in 20th century art that inform our contemporary understanding of what constitutes, or might come to constitute, the “digital canon.” These paradigms include: the interdisciplinary, the participatory, the indeterminate, the recombinatory, and the behavioral - ideas which grew from the practice and writing of the 20th century avant-garde. This overview contributes to a theory of digital art and its conceptual foundation based on historical trends that brought about the erosion of modernist technique and aesthetics. Contrary to popular thought, that a digital canon is now emerging from the inherent characteristics of information technology, it is my conjecture that the digital needs to be situated in a larger art-historical continuum that is closely aligned with post-modern currents that embrace the dissolution of the object, the ephemeral, and the changing role of the spectator.

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February 22, 2006

New Media / New Work

Orf Comes to Washington (Excerpt)
Video Opera by Randall Packer
performed by Charles Lane, Tenor

presented at Art Interactive, Boston
New Media / New Work
February 22 - 26th
Opening Reception: February 23rd, 6 - 9 pm

During College Art Association’s annual conference in Boston 2006, Art Interactive will be hosting a unique New Media / New Work, featuring cutting edge video and new media work on four separate screens.

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January 17, 2006

American University Museum

January 17 - March 12
American University Museum
Katzen Arts Center
Washington, DC

America's Grave
debuts at the American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, as part of the faculty show From the Studio.

America’s Grave
Presented by the US Department of Art & Technology
Randall Packer, in collaboration with John Anderson

America’s Grave is a symbolic burial site for the nation. The work is part of the ongoing project A Season in Hell, chronicling post-apocalyptic conditions in America. The “body” of the nation lies in medial state, in which the media image represents the last remains of the corporeal body of America. Six video monitors display imagery and sound from broadcast television, corresponding to six circles of Hell from Dante’s Inferno: (1) Sowers of Discord (Fox news commentator Bill O’Reilly); (2) Violent Against Their Neighbors (War in Iraq and Islamic Terrorism); (3) Traffickers in Holiness (Tele-evangelists); (4) Profiteers of the People (Hurricane Katrina); (5) Falsifiers of Commodification (TV advertising); (6) Traitors Against Their Own (Bush Administration). All that is left of America is the image - reality as we know it has been left behind - far beyond the suspension of disbelief. Viewers may leave flowers and photos at the graveside as they pay their final respects to the nation. They may also take rubbings of the gravestone.

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December 10, 2005

Union Printmakers Atelier

OH-HO-05 / OH-HO-05 / OH-HO-05
Exhibition of Contemporary Art
Union Printmakers Atelier
926 N St. NW / Blagden Alley
Washington, DC
December 10th - January 28th, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 10th, 6 - 9 pm

Digital prints from the Disembodied & Media Deconstruction series

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November 25, 2005

Mori @ Arlington Arts Center

Mori will be presented by the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, its first show in the Washington area, November 25th through January 7, 2006.

Public Opening: Wednesday, November 25th
Opening Reception: Friday, December 2, 6 - 8 pm
Artist Walkthrough: Wednesday, November 30th, 3pm
Lecture: Thursday, December 8th, 7pm
Closing: Saturday, January 7th

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October 14, 2005

A5 Concert

The "American Five"
Music and new media by faculty composers at American University.

8:00 pm
Recital Hall
Katzen Arts Center
American University

Excerpts from A Season In Hell (work-in-progress)
A Video Opera for Perilous Times in Post-Apocalyptic America

A Season in Hell chronicles America’s descent during the turbulent years: 2001 – 2008, triggered by 9/11 and exacerbated by the presidency of George W. Bush. The epic narrative is recounted by Randall M. Packer, Secretary-at-Large of the US Department of Art & Technology (US DAT), who formed the Department in 2001 with utopian idealism “to insure that the artist as visionary, as social revolutionary, has voice in the national dialogue.” A Season in Hell is an interpretation of reality where myths are born and truths are revealed – far beyond the suspension of disbelief.

Excerpt 1: State of the Union [The Fateful Embrace]

This work is set to Richard Wagner’s Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, a tale of two lovers who suffer a fateful embrace with love and death. In George Bush’s 2004 State of the Union address, a mother whose son died in the Iraq War embraces an Iraqi woman who had just participated in the recent election. It is an equally fateful moment of love and death staged in the grand theater of American politics.

Excerpt 2: Orf Comes to Washington

Orf (from the legend of Orpheus) is a poet-troubador who resides in the shadowy depths of the Other World. Orf pays a visit to Washington, DC singing negro spirituals while moving through the iconic environment of the Nation’s Capital. His mission is to carry out a spectacular vigil to bear witness in extraordinary times of crisis.

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September 19, 2005

Fall for the Book

I will be lecturing at George Mason University as part of the Fall for the Book Festival, discussing Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality.

The week-long Fall for the Book Festival celebrates literature, learning and all types of books and storytelling.

Monday, September 19th, 2005
7:30 PM
Location: Student Union I, Rooms B & C.

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July 21, 2005

Artist Talk @ the Hirshhorn

Artist on Artist: "Composing with Media"
Talk with Randall Packer
Thursday, July 21, 7 to 8 pm
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
7th & Independence Ave.
Washington, DC

Randall Packer will introduce visitors to the 20th-century artists whose experimental adventures in visual music lead to contemporary forms of multimedia. Meet at the second floor entrance to Visual Music.

Visual Music
June 23, 2005 - September 11, 2005

The Hirshhorn and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, have co-organized the first exhibition in the United States to examine the many forms of visual music, an interdisciplinary, broad-based art movement that explored the relationship of abstraction, color, and music. The presentation brings together the work of forty artists and an array of media, including painting, photography, film, light projection, computer graphics, and immersive environments.

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June 11, 2005

Situational Tour: Venice Biennale

Situational Tour: 51st Venice Biennale, 2005
Reclamation & Virtualization of the American Pavilion
June 10 - 16th

Randall Packer performs a Situational Tour live from the Venice Biennale: June 10 - 16, as part of the ongoing work, "A Season in Hell."

The event was written up in Spain's El Pais.

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May 25, 2005

Cross Cultural Symposium

May 23 - 28th

Randall Packer conducts a workshop as part of the Situational Tours, a Portrait of Resistance and Liberation in Lebanon. He also gives a talk on situational blog reporting.

The symposium focuses on media and education in terms of the educational role or lack thereof, of the media at a time when the latter are being accused of contributing to the ignorance of the viewing, reading, and listening publics.

The symposium received press from the Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon.

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May 03, 2005

Untethered Performance in the Age of Wireless

A Multimedia Dialogue-Workshop
2 - 5 pm, Tuesday, May 3, 2005
University of Indiana, Bloomington

Armed with only a cell phone, the artist is free to see, to listen, to report, to critique - to exist in all places at once. Mobile blogging (or moblogging) as narrative becomes a form of untethered performance art that keeps pace with the speed of the moment, that moves with mobility through the public space. This dialogue-workshop demonstrates the technology, techniques, aesthetics and narrative practice of moblogging. Prior to the workshop, Packer will travel through the industrial heartland - an artistic reportage transmitting live imagery, audio and commentary on the decline of America - a moblog tour that will be broadcast in conjunction with the Version '05 Festival in Chicago (April 21 - May 1). The tour is part of the ongoing project, "A Season in Hell," the blog-chronicles of Randall M. Packer, former Secretary and now Secretary-at-Large of the US Department of Art & Technology. On May 3 in Bloomington, he will show the results of the performance and will lead an open-forum with students discussing the role of the artist as mediator and the use of multimedia instruments for social and political transformation.

US Department of Art & Technology | A Season in Hell

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April 22, 2005

Version '05

Version>05 takes place in Chicago April 22-May 1, 2005

Randall Packer will perform a Situational Tour:
"The Industrial Heartland & the Decay of America."

A presentation at the festival will take place on Sunday, May 1, at 5:00pm.

Zhou B. Center
1029 W. 35th St (35th and Morgan)
Chicago, IL 60609 (One mile west of US Cellular Field)

Randall Packer,Secretary-at-Large,US Dept. of Art & TechnologyA Season in Hell The US DAT was created in 2001 as an artist-led, virtual governmentagency for facilitating the need to extend aesthetic inquiry into a social sphere where ideas become action. During Version>05 Packer will conduct a live daily blog broadcast from Washington, DC; an underground reportage on the invisible activities of politicians usingonly a cell phone and laptop to transmit live imagery, audio and commentary. His multimedia transmission will be made freely available to artists in Chicago for incorporation into any project. Today Packer will present the week’s mobile blog as a springboard for dialogue and critique.


Version '05 is a hybrid form of festival, conference, arts fair and online project. The fourth annual Version convergence is an experimental approach at navigating the activities of emerging cultures that combine visual arts, activism, social practices, creative use of new technologies as well as tactics and strategies of intervention.

We will convene in Chicago for a ten-day open laboratory to explore a diversity of tactics and strategies for activating our communities, amplifying our ideas, and ultimately creating viable permacultures parallel to consumer society – and capable of superceding it. The city itself will be used as a map to stage microactions. Blueprints for strengthening emerging alliances and counter-institutions will be unveiled. Alternative spaces will be open for staging actions. Public space, corporate and otherwise, will be our terrain of intervention.

More information.

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April 18, 2005

Words, Images & Framing of Social Reality

Words, Images, and the Framing of Social Reality
Monday, April 18th, 2005
65 5th Avenue, New York , New York

Randall Packer gives a talk on the "Artist as Mediator."

Session #5 5:30pm – 6:45pm

Wolff Conference Room, Second Floor
Artistic Mediation

Conference Description

A spring interdisciplinary conference hosted by The New School Graduate Faculty Department of Liberal Studies is seeking paper presentations, videos, visual art, and/or performance pieces that confront the topic of “Words, Images, and the Framing of Social Reality.”

Words and images are the conceptual tools used to “frame” our understanding of social reality. Oftentimes, these words and images unify our understandings of a concept to be classified as “truth”. Nevertheless, there are also instances when this “truth” is not objective, but merely a veiled fantasy incapable of fully describing the complexity of the situation it attempts to define. Thus, simulated and psuedo-concrete imagery such as extreme religiosity, political propaganda, mass media, nationalism, etc. are perhaps only manageable, yet illusory attempts of filling this conceptual void. Are we then slaves to the fantasy and seduction of words and images, or, subjects vying to redefine them? This interdisciplinary (and hopefully multi-media) conference will explore the relationship and tension between imagery, metaphor, and rhetoric in creating, maintaining, and framing social reality(s)

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March 23, 2005

Webcam Talk: Freedom of Discourse in the Classroom

Freedom of Discourse: Political Consciousness in the Classroom

WebCamTalk 1.0 Series

Randall Packer is the guest speaker on New-Media Arts Education Organized By The Institute for Distributed Creativity. January - April 2005

* Introduction:

Since 9/11, the classroom has increasingly become an environment for discourse focused on a world in crisis, particularly the cultural, political and religious clash between East & West. The War in Iraq only heightened the need to use the academic setting as a platform for exploring issues that have emerged from the conflict. However, there has been pressure on professors and teachers to censor this type of discussion for fear it might oppose the political views of students, or force certain views on the student. This, in my opinion, flies in the face of the very core of education, in which a variety of views are discussed and debated, freely and openly. This talk will focus on freedom of speech, and freedom of topic in the classroom: should professors be able to incorporate political events and issues into their teaching without censor, particularly in the arts, where contemporary issues and their critique are a vital component of art practice.

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March 16, 2005

Reporters, Blogs and the Internet

Reporters on Reporting: American and European Views
Reporters, Blogs and the Internet

Wednesday, 16 March 2005, 6:30 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
RSVP to +1 (202) 289-1200, ext. 168

In this informal panel discussion, Internet bloggers/journalists compare notes about using the newest news medium to convey an up-to-the-minute understanding of the realities of the cyberworld. Join us for a provocative conversation with people who shape our opinions.

Panelists will include:
- Roxanne Cooper, Rox Populi and Association of Alternative Newsweeklies
- Jeff Gates, Life Outtacontext: Farm Fresh Writing at a Fraction of the Cost and We the Blog
- Randall Packer, Zakros InterArts, and Former Secretary, US Department of Art & Technology
- Matt Stoller, New Democrats and The Blogging of the President (

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February 04, 2005

Mori @ University of Colorado Museum of Art

Mori will be on display at part of:

FEB. 4 - MAR. 18, ' 05
Opening Reception, Friday, February 4, 6 - 8 pm

University of Colorado at Boulder
318 UCB, Sibell-Wolle Fine Art Building
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0318

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January 29, 2005

West Goes East - CalArts at The Kitchen

Cal Arts at The Kitchen
512 W.19th Street

Schedule of Events
January 26-29, 2005 8 PM
Tickets $15 Festival pass $50

SATURDAY January 29, 2005
Host: Randall Packer, Secretary, U. S. Department of Art and Technology
Pre-concert discussion with composer David Shire, moderated by David Garland
Mike Enright -- Grit -- Experimental animation
Doug Vitarelli - Experimental Animation -- In Transit
Steve Horowitz -- The Re-Taking of Pelham One Two Three (World Premier)
Jamie Bishton Dance Company -- Bloom (World Premier)
David J. Simons -- Music for Theremin and Gamelan and other works, w/Gamelan Son of Lion

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