Digital Art and Activism of Joseph DeLappe

MON, MAR 15, 2010 (1:48:16)

Digital media artist and activist Joseph DeLappe discusses his work at the Museum of Modern Art. DeLappe has worked in new media since 1983, and in online, computer-game-based interventionist performance art since 2001. His recent projects include dead-in-iraq (2007), wherein he enters the name of each American military casualty from the war in Iraq into the popular U.S. government–funded “America’s Army” computer game; and The Salt Satyagraha Online: Gandhi’s March to Dandi in Second Life (2008), for which he created a “mixed-reality” durational performance utilizing a converted exercise treadmill to reenact Mahatma Gandhi’s 1930 Salt March. DeLappe discusses his continuing projects at the intersection of art and activism. Special thanks to the Museum of Modern Art for providing this recording.

+ BIO: Joseph DeLappe

Joseph DeLappe is an Associate Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad - including exhibitions and performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Peru, China and the Netherlands. He was a 2008 Commissioned Resident Artist at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City. In his 2006 dead-in-iraq project, he began typing, consecutively, all of the names of America’s military casualties from the war in Iraq into the “America’s Army” first person shooter online recruiting game. More here

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