Ran­dall Packer is an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed mul­ti­me­dia artist and com­poser, cre­at­ing works that have pi­o­neered the in­te­gra­tion of in­ter­ac­tive media, in­stal­la­tion, and live per­for­mance. His work has been per­formed and ex­hib­ited at gal­leries, mu­se­ums, the­aters, and fes­ti­vals through­out the world. In 2001, he founded the US De­part­ment of Art & Tech­nol­ogy in Wash­ing­ton, DC and was ap­pointed as its first Sec­re­tary. Most re­cently, he re­ceived a com­mis­sion to debut his mul­ti­me­dia the­ater work, A Sea­son in Hell, at the ZER01/01SJ Bi­en­nial in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia. Packer holds an MFA and PhD in music com­po­si­tion and has taught mul­ti­me­dia at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, Mary­land In­sti­tute Col­lege of Art, and Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity in Wash­ing­ton, DC. He is now on the fac­ulty of the Ad­vanced Aca­d­e­mic Pro­grams at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity where he teaches the his­tory, the­ory and prac­tice of mul­ti­me­dia. Packer is a writer and scholar in the field of new media, most no­tably the co-ed­i­tor of Mul­ti­me­dia: From Wag­ner to Vir­tual Re­al­ity. He cur­rently lives and works in Wash­ing­ton, DC.