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 temporary performance environment will include six large video projections, one each showing the action from the point of view of each individual performer.

The evenings 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 space.

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".