Posted by Joseph DeLappe | Mon Mar 3rd 2003 11:51 p.m.

Saturday, March 8, 2003
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557

Read the New York Times article from Monday, March 3, 2003
by Arts Online Writer Matt Mirapaul:


Artist Joseph DeLappe proudly presents: Quake/Friends.2, an online
performance event, that will be taking place,
in front of a live audience, on the evening of March 8, 2003 in the
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery on the campus of
the University of Nevada, Reno. This piece involves 6 performers
connected to the same "Quake III Arena" first
person shooter server online. The primary goal of this game is to kill
as many opponents before they kill you -
most kills wins the match. Instead of participating in the graphic,
three dimensionally simulated environment of
death, the performers will be recreating, by typing on our keyboards
using the games online messaging system,
the pilot episode from the popular sit-com "Friends" - each of us
logging into the game as one of the characters
from the show. Phoebe, Ross, Monica, Joey, Chandler and Rachel will be
performing an adaptation of this
television show's first episode by typing, while at the same time
reciting, the lines from the show - the lines of text
will appear at the top of each player's screen in real time.

Our performers will function as passive, neutral visitors to the game -
we will be constantly killed and reincarnated
to continue the performance. The performance environment will include
six large video projections, showing in
real-time, the action from the point of view of each individual

The event will start with a solo reading by artist Joseph DeLappe of
selected works of the English wartime poet,
Siegfried Sassoon, to take place in the "Medal of Honor" online World
War II first person shooter simulation game

This performance is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Our Performers: Joseph DeLappe as Ross , Charles Sheppard as Chandler,
Eric Gareventa as Joey, Justin
Lawrence as Phoebe, Dan Ruby as Monica, Pete Froslie as Rachel

A web cam will be accessible to view the performance in real-time -
please go to http://www.delappe.ws for more
information. Documentation of the performance will also be posted in
the week after the event.

Visit this web site for documentation of DeLappe's previous version of
"Quake/Friends", "Howl: Elite Force
Voyager Online" and "War Poets: Medal of Honor Online".

Joseph DeLappe
Visual Artist
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