Joseph DeLappe
Since 2002
Works in Reno, Nebraska United States of America

Joseph DeLappe is a media artist and educator. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance, installation and sculpture have been shown throughout the United States and abroad. His work engages politics, war, work, play, protest and human/machine relations. Much of his work over the past decade involves taking creative agency in online shooter games and virtual communities. The intent is to create works that are formally and aesthetically engaging while conceptually connecting with the everyday; to reify the ordinary into the extraordinary; to intervene in social and political realities, both real and virtual.

His works have been exhibited throughout the world. Projects have been written about and/or he was interviewed in the following media contexts: , , The New York Times , CNN domestic and international, NPR (National Public Radio), CBC (Canadian Broadcast Company), and The Sydney Morning Herald . He is a native of San Francisco and has resided in Reno, with his wife and twin daughters since 1993.
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Call for Selfies - Comfort is Control

Sat Apr 05, 2014 09:55

Reno, Nevada
United States of America

University of Nevada, Reno BFA Interdisciplinary candidate Jessica White is creating a series of drawings from selfies.

Please submit a selfie (self-taken photo of yourself) in a setting where you feel that you have the most or least amount of control. You may use any device of your choosing (camera, phone, computer, etc.) as long as it is self-taken. You may submit a maximum of two photos.

Your photo will be posted to the Tumblr (, and she will also be drawing many of the submitted photos, which will be featured in her upcoming BFA Thesis show.


Digital Media Area IT Technician 5

Sat Mar 22, 2014 09:50

Reno, Nevada
United States of America

We are hiring a .53 IT Technician 5 to support the Digital Media Studio, Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno. Includes full benefits. This is an amazing opportunity for a creative and technically minded individual. Teaching classes beyond this position is a possibility for qualified individuals. Please share this with anyone you might think would be interested and interesting!

The position listing notes the basic qualifications required - please visit the link for further information.

Feel free to send me any questions: delappe"@"


The 1,000 Drones - A Participatory Memorial

Fri Feb 14, 2014 18:00 - Sun Mar 30, 2014

The 1,000 Drones Project - A Participatory Memorial, invites the public to create a small scale, papercraft replica of a General Atomics MQ-1 Predator UAV (Unmanned Arial Vehicle) - a drone. Participants are asked to write the name of a civilian drone casualty upon the wings of the aircraft. The 1,000 paper drones created for this installation were made over the past three months by local students and volunteers working through the FSU Department of Art for the exhibition "Making Now - Art in Exchange" curated by Carolyn Henne.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that between 2004 and 2013, drone strikes in Pakistan killed between 2,536-3,577 people, of these, it is estimated that 411-884 civilians and 168-197 children have been killed. In Yemen, they estimate that of 287-423 killed by drone strikes, 30-71 civilians have been killed, including 6 children. According to a UN Agency report, in 2013, 45 civilians were killed in Afghanistan, a tripling of the number from the previous year.

The list of civilian drone casualties used for this memorial project comes from The Bureau of Investigative Journalism list of known victims from Pakistan. ( The names of victims from Yemen comes from a report issued by Alkarama “The United States War on Yemen: Drone Attacks” available at:

The names of civilian drone casualties from our wars in Afghanistan and Iraq does not exist – these victims are noted in this work as “unknown”.

This project is an adaptation of The 1,000 Cranes or “Senbazuru” tradition from Japan. This tradition holds that anyone who folds one thousand cranes will be granted a wish. Since World War II the tradition has been associated with the atomic attacks upon Nagasaki and Hiroshima - the folding of the cranes has become a wish for peace. Through the act of participating in this work of creative remembrance, the intention is for we, as Americans, to recognize and remember those innocents killed in our ongoing Global War on Terror.


Project 929: Mapping the Solar

Sun May 19, 2013 08:00 - Wed May 29, 2013

United States of America

Project 929: Mapping the Solar
Augmented Bike Ride as Performative Intervention
May 19th through 29th, 2013


Project 929: Mapping the Solar, is a 460 mile bicycle ride to drag pieces of chalk to physically and symbolically draw a line around an area that would be large enough to create the worlds largest solar farm - one that could provide enough energy for the entire United States.

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that a 100 by 100 mile square solar farm in the American Southwest would be “more than enough to meet the country’s entire energy demand.”

Beginning May 19th, 2013, media artist and activist Joseph DeLappe ( will be creating a new work of DIY durational performance which involves riding a specially equipped “long-tail” touring bicycle 400+ miles dragging pieces of white chalk. The intent is to surround the perimeter of the Federal lands that include the Nevada Test Site, “Area 51”, Yucca Mountain and Nellis Air Force Range all located just north of Las Vegas, Nevada. The performance will utilize mixed-reality (Blue Mars Lite), GPS technology and, where feasible, live streaming video for real-time documentation. He will as well, literally, draw a 400+ mile long line around the geographical area in question using an armature trailing his bike, holding custom made pieces of 15" chalk. “Project 929” references the 928 nuclear tests that took place at the Nevada Test Site from 1951 to 1992.

Conceptually, Project 929: Mapping the Solar is an ideational and political exercise towards symbolically representing the possible, physically re-imagining geographical space for energy sustainability. To map this desire – become a moving point, line of battle, contour of an idea, an edge, line of communication, measure or guide – is a driving principle.

New technologies will virtually map and allow others to follow me online as I ride. A DIY, solar cell array is mounted on the extended platform of my bicycle to provide energy for portable locative media, video recording and live streaming. A GoPro camera mounted on a boom at the bicycle’s rear will record a “third person” point of view; a second camera will focus on the chalk as it draws continuously on road, a third camera will be mounted on my helmet.

Manifest AR ( is working with DeLappe to develop a custom augmented reality application for smart phones and portable tablets to create an augmented reality documentary tour of the 460 mile route - photographs of me on my bike will be augmented with visualizations of the federal lands re-visioned as a gigantic solar farm (this aspect of the project will be created post-ride to provide a lasting, perhaps first of it's kind, augmented reality documentary of a performance art project).

This project is being sponsored by:
College of Liberal Arts, University of Nevada, Reno, Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant, GoPro, The Reno Bike Project, College Cyclery, The Center for Art+Environment - Nevada Museum of Art, Voltaic Solar, Xtracycle, Manifest AR, Brooks England and Blue Mars.


Ducks in a Row - Refusalon Gallery

Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:00 - Sun Mar 31, 2013

San Francisco, California
United States of America

(A short history of art since Chris Burden had himself shot)

Artists include: Tony Labat, Joseph DeLappe, Jonathon Keats, Nat Wilson, Marcy Freedman, Mimi, Adam Gail, Guido Gerlitz, and Yoram Wolberger.

Shmulik Krampf at Refusalon organizes Ducks In A Row, below ground at:

638 20th street, San Francisco 415 865 9950

Opening reception 12 00PM, Saturday 23 of February,
Gallery hours, Mon – Sat 11- 6 00 PM

To many the expression ducks in a row simply means to be well organized. To some, though, the image instantly conjures up a row of ducks to be shot.

This group show, featuring artists from Dogpatch and beyond, reviews art history since Chris Burden's Shoot (1974), and asks a question: How much time is required to understand, underscore, and move on?

The question applies to art as much as to politics, because the two are interrelated. Sure, it's "just art" – but for the most compelling artists, just art is art that makes justice. (Or is that just a justification?)

What does it mean to see a crime? What are your responsibilities? Do you have a responsibility for the art that you see? Weapons kill. People kill. Words and images kill. And your perception of ducks in a row says a lot about you. In truth, it's a way of organizing people.

So now: Show me a duck!