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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Twitter Torture

Wed Jul 22, 2009 00:00 - Thu Jul 23, 2009

United States of America

Gandhi in Prison - A Performative Reenactment in Second Life

Twitter Torture

May 5, 2009- January 26th, 2010

MGandhi is currently in prison This reenactment commenced on May 5th of 2008 to coincide with the 79th anniversary of Gandhi’s post-Salt March imprisonment by the British in 1930.

Media artist Joseph DeLappe aka MGandhi Chakrabarti presents an ongoing, durational reenactment and performative reading in Second Life, Twitter and Facebook. MGandhi is presently online 24 hours a day in his cell for a 9-month reenactment of Gandhi’s 1930 post-Salt March jail sentence. DeLappe inhabits MGandhi daily to interact with visitors and to engage in a performative reading of the recently released and now infamous Bush-era Torture Memos. "Twitter Torture", as commenced on July 4th, 2009, is a durational, performative reading by MGandhi/DeLappe of the torture memos. The live readings performed in Second Life are fed live, to DeLappe’s Twitter and Facebook updates.

MGandhi will be released from prison on January 26th, 2010.

This work is a continuation of MGandhi/DeLappe’s “Salt Satyagraha Online: Gandhi’s March to Dandi in Second Life” which took place from in the Spring of 2008 wherein DeLappe and his avatar walked throughout Second Life using a treadmill converted for use in cyberspace. DeLappe/MGandhi walked 240 miles over the 78th anniversary dates of the Gandhi’s Salt March.

Gandhi in Second Life:

Twitter: @josephdelappe
Salt March blog:


Thu Mar 19, 2009 00:00

United States of America

Call for Proposals:
(or -
Website, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery Exhibition, Book

The Second Juror’s Review is an ongoing, online call to action to artists, designers, architects, individuals or collaborators to propose concepts for the creation of memorials to the many thousands of Iraqi civilians killed in the War in Iraq. As of 2009, estimates range from 180,000 to over 1 million deaths in Iraq of non-combatants as a consequence of “Operation Iraqi Freedom”. The project was first launched in the fall of 2007, the project is now going into the Second Juror’s Review. (The results of the First Juror’s Review are available on the site).

Muhammed Abdulla, Artist/Cultural Practicioner, UK
Cassandra Coblentz, Curator, Scottdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Julian Hunt, Architect Hunt/Laud Studio, Editor dcenter, Washington, DC
Ann Wolfe, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, Nevada Museum of Art
Raul Zamudio, Independent Curator and Critic, New York City

Online Exhibition Archive:
All proposed memorial concepts are featured in a growing online exhibition/database of proposals accessible on the site. The public is invited to rate each entry.

Gallery Exhibition:
We are pleased to announce a scheduled exhibition of project to be featured at the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery of the University of Nevada, Reno, February-March 2010. Proposals selected through the First and Second Juror's Review processes will be featured in the exhibition. Computer stations will as well be prominently featured in the gallery to facilitate public access to all proposals. A series of lectures, panels and other public events are scheduled to coincide with the exhibition.

The Book:
A catalog/book documenting the project is to be published in concert with the opening of the exhibition at the Sheppard Gallery in 2010. The text will highlight juror's selections and include critical essays by invited scholars.

Guidelines for Entries:
This project seeks to highlight conceptions of memorials in the broadest context possible. All media and processes are to be featured on the project site, this includes but is not limited to experimental or traditional applications of: sculpture, architecture, installation, performance, murals, web art, digital art, photography, video, film, audio art, etc. Please visit the project web site for further detailed entry requirements and information.

Who May Submit Proposals?
All artists, architects, designers, individuals or collaborations are welcome and invited to submit proposals. Students are encouraged to participate. You must be at minimum 18 years old to participate in this project.

Deadline March 19th, 2009
The project is ongoing indefinitely. The next deadline, for the Second Juror’s Review, is March 19th, 2009, the sixth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

Contact: Joseph DeLappe, Project Director, or


Tourists and Travelers

Sat Jun 21, 2008 00:00 - Mon Jun 16, 2008

United States of America

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Joanna Raczkiewicz
212.937.6580 x233

Tourists and Travelers:
New commissioned works by artists Taeyoon Choi and Joseph DeLappe

June 21 - July 19, 2008
Opening reception: 6PM, June 21

Also on June 21: Eyebeam's annual Open Studios, 3-6PM
Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St. (btw 10th and 11th Aves.)

New York City, June 4, 2008-As many New Yorkers ready for the annual ritual of summer travel, Eyebeam presents Tourists and Travelers, an art exhibition resulting from Taeyoon Choi and Joseph DeLappe's 2007-08 residencies at Eyebeam. The show features an unlikely pair of projects that reflect the artists' interests in journeys across real and virtual spaces: a Second Life avatar modeled on Mahatma Gandhi and a tourist-chasing, robotic duck. Choi, from Seoul, Korea, and DeLappe, from Reno, Nevada, both traveled to New York City for their residencies as recipients of Eyebeam's inaugural Commission for Resident Artists. The Tourists and Travelers exhibition is free and open to the public, and will be on view June 21 - July 19, 2008.

Taeyoon Choi's electro-mechanical bird Camerautomata Charlie: Image Digesting Robotic Duck is unleashed in tourist-heavy habitats, such as New York City's Central Park, to roam and snap-and then defecate-photos of its own. Born of a hacked digital camera, printer and vacuum cleaner, Camerautomata Charlie and its flock will be on display at Eyebeam alongside digital prints, drawings, and video documentation of interventions in public spaces.

Joseph DeLappe will present documentation, artifacts and new works derived from The Salt Satyagraha Online-Gandhi's Salt March in Second Life, his 240-mile reenactment of the walk in real life and in cyberspace. Over the course of 26 days in the spring of 2008, DeLappe walked the entire distance on a customized treadmill at Eyebeam, which was programmed to control his online Gandhi avatar in Second Life. A centerpiece of the Tourist and Travelers exhibition is a monumental cardboard replica-the same height, in fact, as Michelangelo's sculpture of David-created from a 3-D model of the Gandhi avatar. Large format prints, stop-action animations, and video from the performance piece will also be on view.

On June 21 Eyebeam will also hold its annual Open Studios, from 3-6PM. During Open Studios, Eyebeam resident and fellow artists welcome the public into their working environments and showcase recent projects. Artists participating in the 2008 Open Studios include: Ayah Bdeir, Jeff Crouse, Geraldine Juárez, David Jimison, Friedrich Kirschner, Steve Lambert, Zachary Lieberman, JooYoun Paek, Dan Torop, Addie Wagenknecht, Joe Winter and Eyebeam student residents Tahj Banks and Glenroy Moore.

Documentation and projects by Jamie Allen, Jessica Banks, Michael Mandiberg and Andrew Paterson will also be on view.

Eyebeam's programs for artists and technologists support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives that query art, technology and culture. The Commission for Resident Artists is a period of concentration and immersion in artistic investigation, daring research or experimental production of visionary expression, applications and projects. The 2008 Commission, underwritten by Dewar's, was awarded to one American and one international artist; the award included a stipend as well as additional support for travel and accommodation.

Related events:
A guided tour with Charlie, June 28, 3PM
Tourist Photography Club meeting July 19, 3PM

Eyebeam's 2008 Commission for Resident Artists is underwritten by Dewar's.
Joseph DeLappe's work is supported, in part, by grants from the University of Nevada, Reno, College of Liberal Arts and The School of the Arts.


Founded in 1997, Eyebeam is an art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with the larger culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its output to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content and open distribution.

Eyebeam's current programs are made possible through the generous support of The Atlantic Foundation, The Pacific Foundation, the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, Dewar's, Deep Green Living, ConEdison, Datagram, Electric Artists Inc.; public funds from New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and many generous individuals. For a complete list of Eyebeam supporters, please visit

Location: 540 W. 21st Street between 10th & 11th Avenues
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00pm
Bookstore: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00pm
Admission: All events are free to the public with a suggested donation unless otherwise noted.


The Rematerialization of Art

I am glad to see fellow new media artists receiving much deserved money and attention for their work, might be a thin concept for a show however - a step up from the myriad of "new media" and "computer art" shows over the years but not really moving much further beyond such. Consider how uninterested we would be in a show about "paintings that sell!"

There is something to be said for being considered part of the contemporary arts milieu however - reminds for Shawn Decker's comments at ISEA in San Jose where he spoke about how happy he was when his audio installations began to be shown in "real" (emphasis mine) art shows as opposed to group shows of audio installations - his works could finally be heard (quite literally).

Hey Vic Cusok, lose weight now, ask me how! I've lost 6 pounds over the last three weeks performing/walking 10-12 miles daily in Second Life using a treadmill - come join me!


The Salt Satyagraha Online - Gandhi's Treadmill Powered March through Second Life

Sat Apr 05, 2008 00:00 - Mon Mar 31, 2008

Saturday, April 5th marks the culmination of Joseph DeLappe's 22 days and 240 miles of walking on a treadmill to control his Gandhi avatar marching in Second Life to reenact Mahatma Gandhi's "Salt March to Dandi", the seminal 1930's protest against the British Salt Act of 1882. On this, the final day of walking both on the treadmill at Eyebeam, New York City, and in Second Life, the public is invited to either visit Eyebeam to witness the final steps of the march or join MGandhi Chakrabarti in Second Life to virtually walk the final miles!

The final steps of the march will occur on the Eyebeam Island in Second Life, MGandhi Chakrabarti will arrive some time after 5:00pm Eastern time:">>

Otherwise please join MGandhi in Second Life where he will be marching between the hours of 12noon and 6pm daily until the end of the march on April 5th. For daily start locations visit:

Coinciding with the original dates of the 1930's March, DeLappe began the reenactment to coincide with the actual dates of the original march from March 12th to April 6, 1930. The performance will be completed on Sunday, April 6th with a ritual making of the Salt at the virtual reproduction of the monument to the Salt March at Dandi on Eyebeam Island.

Joseph DeLappe
Eyebeam 2008 Commissioned Artist
Eyebeam Art and Technology
540 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011