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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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!


MFA Interdisciplinary Arts Program, University of Nevada, Reno

Fri Feb 15, 2013 00:00

Reno, Nevada
United States of America

MFA Interdisciplinary Arts, Department of Art, University of Nevada, Reno, Call for Applications!

Deadline Postmarked February 15th, 2013

The Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Nevada, Reno is an interdisciplinary professional degree that incorporates a comprehensive background in the fine arts as well as advanced development in areas of studio specialization. Offering students advanced coursework in art history, critical theory and practiced criticism, combining studio and academic experience to provide students the opportunity to synthesize information at a higher level while engaging in original research and the development of a significant body of creative work.

Multiple Areas of Study
The Department of Art offers study in the areas of two- and three-dimensional art selected from but not limited to the following: ceramics, digital-media, social practice, drawing, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, book arts, sculpture, and video. The studio program is supported by a strong emphasis in the areas of contemporary art, theory and criticism.

Visit our website for further information and application requirements.

Please contact MFA Interdisciplinary Arts program Director Associate Professor Tamara Scronce with questions:


BYOB! The First Annual Holiday and End of the World Projector Party!

Wed Dec 19, 2012 17:00

Reno, Nevada
United States of America

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)
The First Annual Holiday and End of the World Projector Party!
5-7pm Wednesday
December 19th, 2012
Sheppard Contemporary
Department of Art
University of Nevada, Reno, USA

The students of Art 345 Sound and Image, working through the Digital Media Studio of UNR's Department of Art, invite you to attend and/or participate in this unique BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) event!

Bring a projector and your laptop or DVD player and share your vision of the holidays/end of the world! Or just stop by and check out the show! There will be at least 17 projections, one each created by the students as there final project for Art 345. We will be taking over the walls of the Sheppard Contemporary gallery space for one night with moving images exploring a co-mingling of holiday cheer and apocalyptic visions! Come join us!

This event is free and open to the public!

Our event is part of a worldwide DYI curatorial project created by artist/curator Rafaël Rozendaal.

Brought to you by the Digital Media Studio, University of Nevada, Reno


Prospectives '12 International Festival of Digital Art

Thu Oct 18, 2012 08:30 - Fri Oct 19, 2012

Reno, Nevada
United States of America

Prospectives ’12 International Festival of Digital Art is a unique event in that it is focused entirely on pre-professional artists – highlighting an international selection of work by graduate and Phd students working with digital technologies for the creation of interdisciplinary artforms from visual, performing, music and dance.

Prospectives ’12 includes a one-month exhibition in the University’s Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery (October 8th - November 2nd). The primary dates for the festival take place on October 18th and 19th.
These include:
Exhibit, an exhibition of media based art entitled "Prologue Yields" guest curated by Jeanne Jo, USC -
Present/Symposium, a day-long symposium featuring 15 experimental media artists sharing their work in the JCSU Theatre -
Project-Sound, a thrilling video screening and surround-sound event in the Fleischmann Planetarium’s Skydome -
Street featuring temporary public art events and interventions -
Netart, experimental works made specifically for the Internet -
Perform, an event of live, experimental music performances at the Nevada Museum of Art -

Visit the festival website for scheduling and location details!

Participating Artists:
Nick Hwang, Louisiana State University
Javier Villegas, University of California Santa Barbara
Ann Bartges, University of Michigan
Sophie Kahn, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Georgie Roxby Smith, Victorian College of Art, Australia
Liat Berdugo,Rhode Island School of Design
Jonathan Jackson, University
of North Texas
Brian Baumbusch, Mills College
George Thomas Marie, University of Utah
Molly Bradbury, University of New Mexico
Phan Visutyothapibal. NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Josh Goldman, University of Cincinnati
Alex Marse, Georgia State University
Varvara Guljajeva, Estonian Art Academy,Estonia
Benjamin Poynter, University of Nevada,Reno
Raphael Arar, California Institute of the Arts
Jordan Perkins-Lewis, San Francisco State University
JeanneJo, University of Southern California
Pete Wardle, University of Salford, UK
Austin Stewart, Ohio State University
F. Myles Sciotto, University of California Santa Barbara
Matt Richardson, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Richard Wheeler, University of California Los Angeles
Morehshin Allahyari, Universityof North Texas
Brent Richardson, University of Oklahoma
Conor Peterson, University of New Mexico
Annie Wan, University of Washington
Michelle Lewis-King, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Clint Sleeper, Simon Fraser University,Canada
Reena Katz, Parsons the New School for Design
Jessica Krannitz, Texas A&M University
Aaron Reed, University of California Santa Cruz
Satoko Sugiyama, Hunter College
Leonardo Selvaggio, Columbia College
Benjamin Grosser, University of Illinois