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. 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.
He has lectured throughout the world regarding his work, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His works have been featured in the New York Times, The Australian Morning Herald, Artweek, Art in American and in the 2010 book from Routledge entitled Joystick Soldiers, The Politics of Play in Military Video Game. He has authored two book chapters, including “The Gandhi Complex: The Mahatma in Second Life” , and “Playing Politics: Machinima as Live Performance and Document”.
About teaching, he says: In the fall of 2013 I was invited to work with students at the SAE Institute in Mexico City to conduct a workshop that resulted in the creation of several low polygon count sculptures in corrugated plastic that were shown at the opening of Transitio – International Festival of Electronic Art. The models were chose from dozens of objects and body parts that had been extracted from the Medal of Honor FPS game. I worked with the students for the first phase of project development long distance from the U.S., arriving just days before the opening of the exhibition of the works for three days of intensive construction intensive construction.
Three rubber stamps that have been shared widely across the USA and abroad to allow participants to imprint politically oriented imagery upon their money. These projects began first with the “In Drones We Trust”, wherein close to 1000 stamps are in the hands of volunteers who have been stamping a tiny image of an MQ1 Predator Drone on their cash. The second stamp, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!” was inspired by the now iconic image of the protests and unrest surrounding the extrajudicial killings of African American males by our police. The third, “Sea Level Rising” involves stamping a rising sea level line to represent the threat of climate change and rising seas.