US Department of Art & Technology
For Immediate Release: August 22,
TEL-SPAN Begins Live 24/7
WASHINGTON, DC - The US Department of Art & Technology has activated
TEL-SPAN Live 24/7 - the telematic channel providing global
access to the artistic process in an increasingly cybernated society.
The channel's first program is Department Works, Mixologies, and
Transformations featuring politically-infused,
socially-engaged music-videos by staff members and artist-associates
of the US Department of Art & Technology. According to Kevin
Teixeira, Director of US DAT's Office of Micro-Technology and Virtual
Realities, "We project our illusions of the world into
this formless void and it comes back to us as light and sound."
August 22nd to October 6th, TEL-SPAN is broadcasting live from the
Digital Media Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in
conjunction with the Department's Visitor Center at the Corcoran
Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
TEL-SPAN's first offerings is the Pharmakopolis Broadcasting Services
(PBS) of Trace Reddell (Director of the Bureau of
Pharmakogeographical Surveying), an ongoing series of animated
political cartoons, amazing dope tales, and detourned superheroics.
Other Department artists include: Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky
(Under Secretary for the Bureau of the Aesthetic Hyperculture),
whose 9-11 Saturation Engine, in collaboration with "47,"
immerses the viewer in hypnotic media-driven imagery in which new
meanings are constructed on top of the ruins of the media's
strafing; Rick Silva (Director of the Joint Chiefs of Sound
Warfare and Peer-to-Peer Defense) has curated Overdub: The Remix of
Politics, featuring cut-up works of his own along with
artist-associates Edo, Atmo, Haik Hoisingtom, Coup, and Tim Jaeger;
Andy Deck (Under Secretary of the Bureau for the Transformation
and Radicalization of Corporate Culture and Militarism) presents Ad
Infinitum, a fast-paced visual experience involving the collision
of expression, advertising and promotion; Alex Galloway (Under
Secretary of the Bureau for Rhizomatics, Community & Generative
Data) exploits bugs and glitches in the code to create dirty, jolting
game loops in RSG-THPS4; and Patrick Lichty (Director of
the Bureau for the Dissemination of Metastructures and Media
Metaphors) puts Socks, former President Clinton's
cat, in the center of the Lewinsky sex scandal with
Haymarket's Riot Machine: - The Engines of Truth.
"Citizens of the nation and around the world have
an appetite for the kind of high quality, socially relevant, 24/7
public affairs programming TEL-SPAN provides," said Randall M.
Packer, Secretary of the US Department of Art & Technology.
"TEL-SPAN provides media artists who seek to influence the
national discourse, public policy, the political process and the
future of art a direct conduit to its audience without filtering or
otherwise constraining their points of view."
will also deliver comprehensive, up-to-the-minute proclamations,
remixes, rants, speeches, manifestos, Department PSA's and more,
drawing on the depth and experience of artists engaged with the US
Department of Art & Technology and its Experimental Party,
including: Secretary Packer, National Chairwoman Roberta Breitmore
(created by Lynn Hershman), avatar-candidate for President Abe Golam
(from Mark Amerika's Grammatron), WeTheBlog.org founder Jeff
Gates, and Jon Henry, Chairman of the USA Exquisite Corpse. TEL-SPAN
plans to provide its audience access to live, real-time distribution
of broad forms of cultural content, and to other forums where critical
artistic issues are discussed, debated and decided - all without
editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of
all radical points of view.
acknowledges Drazen Pantic and the Open Source Streaming Alliance for
providing Quicktime Streaming for TEL-SPAN broadcasting, and Joan
Freedman, Director of the JHU Digital Media Center, and Joe Reinsel,
principal software designer of TEL-SPAN, for overseeing the live
TEL-SPAN: The Telematic Channel of the US Department of Art &
is a public service of the US Department of Art & Technology. Its
mission is to provide global access to the artistic process in an
increasingly cybernated society. Tel-SPAN provides its audience access
to live, real-time distribution of broad forms of cultural content,
and to other forums where critical artistic issues are discussed,
debated and decided - all without editing, commentary or analysis and
with a balanced presentation of all radical points of view. Tel-SPAN
is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center and
the Open Source Streaming Alliance. The Principal Software Designer is
Department of Art & Technology
Department of Art and Technology is the United States principal
conduit for facilitating the artist's need to extend aesthetic inquiry
into the broader culture where ideas become real action. It also
serves the psychological and spiritual well-being of all Americans by
supporting cultural efforts that provide immunity from the extension
of new media technologies into the social sphere.
The Experimental Party -
the "party of experimentation" -
is an artist-based political party that has been formed to activate
citizens across the country in an effort to bring the artists' message
to center stage of the political process. This is a political
awakening, 'representation through virtualization' is the major
political thrust of the Experimental Party, it is the driving force.
The Principal Artists are Roberta Breitmore (created by Lynn
Hershman), Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Jeff Gates, Abe Golam (from Mark
Amerika's Grammatron), Jon Henry (Exquisite Corpse), Randall Packer,
and Wesley Smith.