The 1,000 Drones Project: an interview with Joseph DeLappe
Marc Garrett interviews Joseph DeLappe about his latest art venture ‘The 1,000 Drones Project - A Participatory Memorial’. He is considered a pioneer of online gaming performance art. His work examines the conditions and processes of cultural information to provoke and critique the state of military influences on everyday culture and people’s lives.
DeLappe’s work includes the controversial game based, performance and intervention, Dead in Iraq 2006-2011. This involved him frequently visiting the US Army’s online recruitment game and propaganda tool America's Army. Using the login name dead-in-iraq, he methodically typed in all of the names of U.S. service personnel killed in Iraq, co-opting the Army’s own technology challenging the official figures as a reminder to its players of the real consequences of war. 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."