Randall Packer's work as a composer, media artist and producer/curator has focused on the integration of live performance, technology and the interdisciplinary arts. From the revival of avant-garde music theater to the creation of new interactive media work, he has bridged current issues in art and technology with seminal interdisciplinary ideologies from throughout the 20th century.
As founding Artistic Director of Zakros InterArts in San Francisco, he has produced, directed and created critically acclaimed multimedia theater works including Sur Scene by Mauricio Kagel (1988), Theater Piece by John Cage (1989), Originale by Karlheinz Stockhausen (1990) and Arches by Randall Packer (1991). He produced the Deep Listening new music series (1991-93) as well as organized and directed the annual John Cage Memorial MusiCircus (1992-94). Knossos, his work for piano, percussion and live electronics, was commissioned by Radio France and performed in Paris (1993).
He has co-produced and composed music for CD-ROM under the Chronic Art series, computer films that were premiered at the 1996 San Francisco International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival. In 1997, he completed the collaborative sound-text work, Through Invisible Cities, performed at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and released on CD (1998). Pleasure Island, an on-line multi-user virtual community was presented at the USC School of Cinema's conference, Interactive Frictions (1999). The work will be presented again in the fall at the Mill Valley Film Festival. Also this fall, his collaborative installation Mori was selected for the 1999 Biennial Exhibition at the InterCommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo, and his net project, the Telematic Manifesto, has been included in ZKM's (Center for Art and Media) Net_Condition exhibition.
Formerly director of the San Francisco State University Multimedia Studies Program and Director of Multimedia at the San Jose Museum of Art, he is currently on the faculty of the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches the history, theory and practice of digital media. He is also currently at work on a series of books focusing on the history of multimedia, to be published by W.W. Norton (2000).