10,000 Acts of Artistic MediationFebruary 11, 2003, 6:00 pm »
Randall M. Packer, Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology in Washington, DC, will announce a bold new campaign, "10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation," intended to mobilize artistic forces across the nation in anticipation of the National Election in 2004. The Secretary will also discuss the recent activation of the Experimental Party, the "party of virtualization," in the Department's effort to bring the artists' message to center stage of the political process. The Experimental Party intends to recruit, support, and coordinate viable artists to celebrate the universal spirit of collective expression, to seek volunteers to help speak oracular truths and the most radically liberating critique of reason, and to engage students in acts of appropriation through art and polemic, manifesto and demonstration, love and politics. Calling him "a man of great integrity, a man of great judgment and a man who knows the arts," President George W. Bush announced his decision to nominate Randall M. Packer to serve as Secretary of the United States Department of Art and Technology on November 12, 2001. Upon confirmation by the Senate, Packer pledged to renew the war on cultural poverty, reduce the incidence of a one-way exchange of information between an active agent and a passive recipient, and combat discrimination so no American feels outside the field of aesthetic inquiry of the contemporary media arts.
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