Joseph DeLappe, University of Nevada
Media artist Joseph DeLappe will present his ideas and creative works engaging art and activism through the discussion of a range of works that creatively engage our contemporary geopolitical and technological context through critical strategies. In his talk he will address such projects such as dead-in-iraq, The Salt Satyagraha Online: Gandhis March to Dandi in Second Life and an the ongoing Drone Series, critically engaging weaponized drones through public actions, social media and computer gaming. Does this type of artistic intervention affect change? How does one creatively navigate the inherent conflicts between art and activism? How do creative individuals who seek to dissent, demonstrate or otherwise participate in oppositional actions choose to function in our present media saturated environment? DeLappe will present his ideas regarding art, activism and new technologies as realized in both virtual and real territories.
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Joseph DeLappe is a 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, sculpture and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad - including exhibitions and performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. In 2006 he began the project dead-in-iraq , to type consecutively, all names of America's military casualties from the war in Iraq into the America's Army first person shooter online recruiting game. He also directs the iraqimemorial.org project, an ongoing web based exhibition and open call for proposed memorials to the many thousand of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. More recently, in 2013, he rode a specially equipped bicycle to draw a 460 mile long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range to surround an area that would be large enough to create a solar farm that could power the entire United States.