"Today, in time of war, I want to raise the priority and profile of these issues within my own administration. I want to ensure that artists and artist-based organizations will always have a place at the table in our deliberations." – The President

Party History

The Experimental Party was born from the US Department of Art & Technology, formed in the post-9/11 21st century by artists who believe that government should promote media art, cultural growth, and the visionary aspirations of the avant-garde.

In October, 2001, President George W. Bush announced an executive order: the US Department of Art & Technology was to become his first artist-based initiative, stating "compassion is the work of a nation, it is more than the calling of politicians; it is the calling of artists." He then nominated Randall M. Packer to serve as the nation's first Secretary of the newly formed Department, calling him "a man of great integrity, a man of great judgment and a man who knows the arts." 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 artwork and a passive recipient, resist corporate control of media, and combat discrimination so no American feels outside the field of aesthetic inquiry of the contemporary media arts. Packer was subsequently sworn-in to office at the official ceremony in Baltimore, Maryland.

In February of 2002, Secretary Packer was invited to give an address at the Transmediale International Festival of Media in Berlin, announcing a bold new initiative, the Global Virtualization Council, intended to mobilize and coordinate artistic forces of virtualization internationally. At the Festival's opening ceremonies at Congress Hall of the International House of Cultures, Packer, along with recently appointed Artist-Ambassadors from 9 nations, ratified the Council's founding Charter, the Berlin Virtualization Charter, representing the first global accord between the artistic avant-garde and international government.

On March 13, 2002, the Experimental Party was officially announced as a national party in a speech by Secretary Packer at the Thaw Festival of Media in Iowa City, Iowa - the heartland of the nation and a hotbed of American politics. The name "Experimental" was chosen because it alluded to the spirit of breaking new ground and reminds us of John Cage's famous words, "What is the nature of an experimental action? It is simply an action the outcome of which is not foreseen."

Experimentalists have a long and rich history with basic principles: artists, not politicians, make the best decisions; government must be subjected to appropriation; and representation is best carried out far from reality.

Politicians have tried to scare voters into thinking Secretary Packer would seek to run for office, but Abe Golam, Director of the Office of Political and Economic Insecurity, has assured us that the Experimental Party will recruit a candidate whose virtual identity is guaranteed to stir up controversy in the global computer networks, that "non-place" where the true battle for democracy in America will be fought and won.

Experimental National Committee | Washington, DC
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