May 1, 2003

Abe Golam Enters the 2004 Presidential Race

"If they want somebody who is closer to them, more connected to them, someone who will subvert the dominant paradigm and who is willing to gnaw into the body politic, that is me." – Abe Golam

WASHINGTON, DC - Abe Golam, Director of the Office of Political and Economic Insecurity of the US Department of Art & Technology, joined the growing field of candidates running for the Presidency of the United States today.

Mr. Golam, in announcing he is forming an exploratory committee, declared his candidacy would "stir up controversy throughout the global computer networks, that 'non-place' where the true battle for democracy in America will be fought and won."

Running as an independent under the Experimental Party, "the party of experimentation," Mr. Golam, legendary info-shaman and digital avatar, discussed his candidacy outside his home in the Electrosphere, where he tried to paint a sharp contrast between himself and President Bush. He also tried to separate himself from other Democratic candidates, and indeed from politicians in general.

"If the American people want a lifelong, corporeal politician in the White House, that's not me," Mr. Golam said in a webcast news conference. "They'll have a group of people to choose from if that's what they want. If they want instead somebody who is closer to them, more connected to them, someone who will subvert the dominant paradigm, who is willing to gnaw into the body politic, inhabit it, and lay his demon seed, that is me."

And he challenged Mr. Bush on what many analysts consider one of the president's political strengths thus far, the campaign against terrorism. Criticizing the Bush Administration's handling of national security, Golam exclaimed, "Since September 11, all levels of government have been pointing fingers like never before while our airports become Keystone cop scenarios and our border security remains a farce."

Mr. Golam said he would seek to enlist artists in the fight. He expressed his anger at the administration for not seeking support from the nation's artists in its response to recent international crises.

"America's artists - indeed, artists all over the globe - want to contribute," Mr. Golam said. "They want to be involved; they want to feel like they can do something to make their nation and their world safe for collaborative experimentation and digitally-enhanced self-expression. They just haven't been asked."

Golam also challenged the Bush administration's recent war in Iraq and their overall foreign policy agenda by saying that "[b]elligerent actions by the reigning oilgarchy are meant to pick on easy enemies who, in fact, pose no threat to the United States of America but are simplistically portrayed in the classic Biblical role of Evil. First it was Bin Laden, then it was Saddam Hussein, neither of whom have been found. Who is the next Bogeyman? Jacques Chirac? Geraldo? John Kerry? or maybe even me."

Abe Golam is best known as a pop culture info-shaman, a leading proponent of copyright-free art and entertainment products. Since his debut in the internationally acclaimed website GRAMMATRON, released on the net in 1997, Golam has been a political activist and performer in various on-line and live theatrical events as well. Being a digital avatar with a gift for language as well as a certain kind of virtual charisma, he seemed well-positioned to run for President under the Experimental Party banner. As one of the innovators of an art movement that had a brief flash of success during the last few years of the 20th century, Golam was able to use his cultural influence to radically change the course of art history and has since devoted most of his time and energy toward developing cutting-edge positions on the major political issues facing America and the rest of the world today.

Abe Golam's "Prayer for Empire" (text version)

Abe Golam reciting "Prayer for Empire" in the Oval Office (video version, requires Quicktime)


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