January 21, 2003

Experimental Party Launches "10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation"

The Experimental Party, "the party of experimentation," an initiative of the US Department of Art & Technology, has announcied a bold, new campaign to encourage "10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation.

Randall M. Packer, Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology, has called on artists from all 50 states, as well as Europe, Latin America, and Asia, to join the USA Exquisite Corpse and help overcome society's anxieties and heightening insecurity by participating in this ambitious campaign to stage acts of artistic mediation.

The Secretary is challenging each and every art professor throughout the nation and around the globe to replicate the campaign in all art schools and university art departments and activate their students in carrying out acts of artistic mediation under the banner of the campaign.

The Secretary believes that virtually every problem in America and the world can be resolved through the reflections, ideas, sensibilities and abilities of the artist. There are already countless artistic initiatives working successfully to subvert the status quo. However, these successful initiatives are too often isolated and unknown to others. These initiatives must be replicated over and over and over again by artists and art collectives until everyone is connected to someone – many-to-many, peer-to-peer, soul-to-soul.

The “10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation” campaign focuses on the most important challenges facing the nation today. These problems were long in coming and cannot be solved overnight. But if each artist and each institution responds to the Secretary’s call-to-action, the campaign will be the most comprehensive and inclusive of our time. This movement can dramatically reverse negative trends on many fronts to better enable those concerned with the fate of our world to invent explosive material to toss into the political-economic bunkers.

Secretary's Nationwide Tour & Announcement of
"10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation"

"Speech for the End of Time"
Wednesday, April 23rd, 7:30 pm, Room LL07
Johns Hopkins University, School of Arts & Sciences
1717 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC
Presented by:
Communications in Contemporary Society Program
& Center for the Study of American Government

"Speech @ Zero Hour"
Monday, March 10th
New York University
presented by Alex Galloway's Media Ecology
(by invitation only)

"Speech of the Rockies"
Wednesday, February 26th, 1pm @ Hale 270
University of Colorado, Boulder
presented by the TECHNE Digital Arts Series

"10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation"
Tuesday, February 11th, 6pm @ EDA
University of California, Los Angeles
presented by the Department of Design | Media Arts

"Act of Artistic Mediation" - definition + statement

Fact Sheet on 10,000 Acts of Artistic Mediation

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