It was great meeting everyone last week! And awesome getting to hang with a few of you at the Seal Beach Pier on Saturday.

Is it already time to say goodbye?

Activity: Landscapes with a Corpse

Really nice work on Plaster Casting last week. This week we’re on to Self Portraits. With a twist. This week is actually sort of traditional photography. Take a picture. A portrait. A selfie. Later in the semester we’ll do a big group Instagram project. There might be some “great” photos taken as part of that, but the social aspects of the photography there start to become more important than the individual pix.

This week: traditional portraits. With the twist that you’re imagining your own demise. For some of you this will be one of the best projects of the semester. A chance to do something different and think outside the box. For others it will be creepy and something you don’t want to think about. Some people say that art is often “controversial” because artists are trying to shock people. I think that often it is not shock for shock sake, but that artists often ask us to think about things we’d rather not think about. Sometimes ignorance is bliss, and artists have the audacity to ask us not to be ignorant.

Life is unpredictable. There’s always that big truck or exotic disease that could end it all tomorrow. But the good news is that for most of you, there are many decades of pretty healthy living ahead. Hopefully it’s not too intense to imagine your earthly departure.

Layla Hadidi lying on the floor in a vast sea of feathers

Layla Hadidi, Summer ’16

A few weeks ago in the Summer class Layla Hadidi make a really cool Landscapes self-portrait by dumping a couple of pillows at her place and then laying in all the feathers!

Adrian Munoz holding a plaster casting of his hand

Adrian Munoz, 1p

Erika Perez & Jessica Obrique sitting in room FA4-311 at the California State University Long Beach, School of Art

Erika Perez & Jessica Obrique, 2:30

EC: Mr. Nobody

Thanks to Erika Perez, we have our 1st Extra Credit! You can watch the Erika-swears-its-cool film Mr. Nobody and then discuss it for EC points (up to 20!) If you want to play, get your popcorn out & head over to the Mr. Nobody page. Thanks Erika!

Alex Miramontes & Monique Alcala in a Snapchat photo

Alex Miramontes & Monique Alcala – 1p

Allison Cruz at the beach holding a plaster casting of her foot

Allison Cruz, 1p

EC: Sketching @Women’s Volleyball

Hey, why don’t you bring your sketchbooks to class on Wednesday! We can spend a few minutes talking about drawing (why it’s so hard, and why it’s easier than you think) and introduce the Gesture Sketch. Then you can optionally head over to a Long Beach State Women’s Volleyball match at the Pyramid (free w your student ID) where you can:

  1. Have fun
  2. Eat nachos w radioactive cheese sauce
  3. Score EC points for doing some Gesture Sketches of the volleyball action

Optional Women’s Volleyball meetup @Pyramid, Saturday 3 Sept, Long Beach vs Washington State, 7pm.

  • Go to game
  • Do a bunch of gesture sketches
  • scan some of them and blog it
  • up to 20 points EC
Amanda Martinez & Maritess Inieto  in CSULB Classroom FA4-311 and smiling

Amanda Martinez & Maritess Inieto, 1p

Ana Gomez in her driveway working on a plaster casting of her hand

Ana Gomez, 2:30

ID Cards Start This Week

Don’t forget that starting this week and for the rest of the semester, you owe me an “ID Card” on Wednesdays. Or a drawing of your ID card actually. Or a drawing of anything you like as long as it has your name clearly printed on it. Please be sure to use a 4″x6″ index card! Not a different size. Not scraps of paper. If you forget your card, I’m sure a classmate will lend you one. Yes, it’s fine to draw your card during class time if you like.

black-and-white photo of Ana Maya and Tina Tran in CSULB Classroom FA4-311

Ana Maya & Tina Tran, 1p

Daniel Schmitz on the beach with a plaster casting of his hand

Daniel Schmitz, 1p

Question OTW

Each week we have a Question of the Week that you should ask during your Classmate Conversation. The Question OTW is not the whole Classmate Conversation! It’s just one question that should be part of the conversation. Who writes the Question OTW? You do! Visit the Question OTW Page to make your suggestions!

Demi Kong standing in her driveway and holding a plaster casting of her hand

Demi Kong, 1p

Here’s a sweet pix of 1p Art Star Demi Kong! Even though it’s a nice picture, it’s also a chance for us to talk about how you can take even better pictures.

Backlighting

The situation on Demi’s driveway is called Backlight. It just means that a bright light source, like the sun, is behind her. Sometimes the sun in your face isn’t the best because you squint and don’t look so great. But backlighting is tough because as you see, the camera wants to consider all that light and Demi comes out kind of dark and we don’t get to fully appreciate her awesome smile! 🙁 Some cameras will let you “exposure lock” on Demi and not all the sunlight around her.

Daylight Flash

The simplest way to use camera flash is to turn it on when it’s dark. Like at night. Or indoors. It turns out the simplest way is often the lamest way. Flash is often coolest when you use it in sort of opposite-from-obvious (OFO) ways. OFO #1 is Daylight Flash. Turn your flash on when there’s lots of light. If Demi had turned her flash on, then it would “Daylight Fill” to help balance the sun’s backlight, and her awesome smile would be even awesomer in this photo.

Slow Sync

OFO #2 is “Slow Sync”. If it’s dark and you turn your flash on, that’s good. Sort of. The problem is that flash in a dark room or outside at night tends to be harsh and flat. If we imagine taking this pix of Demi not at noon, but at midnight, a flash would let us see her, but she’d be blasted with light and the background would be totally dark. Sort of the opposite of the pix we have now and not all that much better. The answer is “Slow Sync”. With this camera setting the flash goes off to give us nice light on Demi, but it also uses a long time exposure so the faint background light can build up enough to show us the setting. If you imagine that Demi was standing in a street at night and there were a few neon signs on, and maybe the street was wet, then the neon and its reflection on the asphalt would all soak in with slow sync and it’d start to be a pretty awesome photo.

These days you don’t have to have a dSLR, Mirrorless Camera, or Point-and-shoot to get Slow Sync. Even a lot of phones have the setting now. Or if you do have a fancy camera, you can also try zooming while the long exposure is going. That way, in our theoretical photo of Demi, the flash would give us a sharp image of her, and the zooming would make street lights and other points of lights streaks around her. Kind of like the effect in Star Wars when they make the jump to light speed.

Oh, PS: that previous pix of Daniel was kind of backlit too, wasn’t it?

A heart on the beach, made out of bits of sea shells

Esmeray Lopez, 1p

Art Kits

The CSULB Art Store made 80 Art Kits for us and they sold out of those by the end of last week. I advised those of you who couldn’t get one on Friday to buy the Plaster Casting materials at Home Depot, Lowes, or your Independent Hardware Retailer. This week the Art Store will have 20 more Art Kits, this time “minus plaster”. That is, with everything but the plaster materials you’ve already used. I haven’t heard the new price yet, but I think it will be around $52 for the minus plaster kits. They have everything else on the materials list

series of Snapchat frames showing Hailei Reyes making a plaster casting of her hand at Santa Monica beach

Hailei Reyes, 2:30

Hailei Reyes & Valeria Gonzalez in a Snapchat "Long Beach State" selfe in room FA4-311 at CSULB

Hailei Reyes & Valeria Gonzalez, 2:30

Roster Names, Discussion Names & University Names!

When I tried to grade your Art Talk Discussion for Week 1 I ran into a big Name Train Wreck! Some of you commented with names like:

  • gzucman24
  • glennzucman
  • zucmanglennblog
  • theartsyguy
  • glennzucmanartblog
  • stevezucman
  • Glenn Zucman

Since I have nearly 300 of your discussion comments to read and score every Monday, really, only the last of the above name formats works. The others are impossible. And the example, “Steve Zucman” – how am I supposed to link that to “Glenn Zucman” in my gradebook.

I need to ask you to author your discussion comments with your name in the form “Glenn Zucman” and that the name you use should be the same as the name in my gradebook, which is your “university name.” The good news is that if the name you prefer isn’t the one on your birth certificate, the university will let you change that.

For Week 1 I just went ahead and gave everyone the full 16 points. Starting week 2 you should use your name in the form “Glenn Zucman” which should match your university name, to get discussion points.

Juli Yoshinaga holding a plaster casting of her hand

Juli Yoshinaga, 2:30

Laura Lockett & Marisol Jimenez in room FA4-311 at CSULB

Laura Lockett & Marisol Jimenez, 1p

Classmate Conversations

Most of the Wk 1 Classmate Conversations were a little skimpy. Try to go a bit more in depth.

Lydia Chang at the Seal Beach Pier with her head resting on her boyfriend's shoulder

Lydia Chang & BAE, 2:30

TFW BAE Ruins Art Project

excerpt from Lydia Chang’s art activity post

“Plaster project. Seems easy enough,” was my initial thought. HA! It was a struggle from the moment I woke up and went over to get ready at his place. We were an hour and a half late and we had no idea what we were supposed to do. (At least parking wasn’t that difficult to find.)

The initial digging was fine, it was coming along decently (minus having to ask a couple of questions & peeking at classmates’ molds & processes) and I had completed two molds. I was mixing the plaster when I looked over to see the boyfriend (let’s call him Brian) pouring sand into one of my molds. I start freaking out and ask, “WhAT are you doing?

To which he replies, “I’m pouring sand in so that you can form your mold.”

I.. I was speechless. I look at my finally smooth plaster, at the ruined mold, back to my plaster, and sigh. At least I still had another mold, right?

Lourdes Sandoval at the each holding a plaster casting of her hand

Lourdes Sandoval, 2:30

Artist Conversations

Next week, Wk 3, we’ll have our 1st Artist Conversations. Be sure to use the Sample Artist Conversation in the Syllabus. Check your spelling. Check your grammar. Write in complete sentences. College level writing. Try to consider the work and think about it. You don’t have to “love” the CSULB Student Art you write about, but you should analyze it intelligently and write about it in ways that the artists can feel good about reading. Again, by “feel good” I don’t mean that you call them a genius. I mean that you spell their name correctly and write about their work and ideas with a university-level of analysis.

Megan Chung & Tim Chung in CSULB Classroom FA4-311

Megan Chung & Tim Chung, 2:30

Monica Lock & Ali Garawi in CSULB Classroom FA4-311

Monica Lock & Ali Garawi, 1p

In Class This Week

  1. Roster Names, Discussion Names & University Names
  2. Landscapes with a Corpse
  3. EC: Bipolaroid
  4. EC: Mr. Nobody
  5. EC: Volleyball Sketching
  6. BeachArts.ca redesign
  7. Your sites – setting up, choices, delete “1st post”, LIFO-Blog, Portfolio, “Site Title”
  8. Next Week – writing about artists
  9. Looking at Art: Richard Sera, etc
  10. Classmates: Featured Image, Web link, skimpy 🙁
  11. OH
  12. Question OTW
  13. Post Names
  14. ID Cards on Wednesdays
Monique Alcala holding a plaster casting of her hand at the beach

Moniqe Alcala, 1p

animated gif of Raul Silva doing a flip on the beach

Raul Silva doing a flip. Animaged GIF by Samantha Gomez, 2:30

Art Talk Discussion

Last week we met the Art History Timeline and we’ll be back on it next week. But this week I wanted to step off the timeline and have you do some research on a living artist. Here’s a brief intro to Joseph DeLappe and his work. Give it a look, then hop online and do some research. Then come back to the comment section below and discuss his work with your classmates. I think you’ll find a lot to talk about!

feet laying on the sand at the beach

Selena Lara’s feet, 1p

Flip flops on the beach with sea shells on them

Amy Song’s flip-flops, 1p

Written by Glenn Zucman

BA, Psychology, University of Hawaii, MFA, Intermedia Art, Long Beach State. Host of American Public Media's "Border Patrol." Host of KBeach Radio's "Strange Angels." Interested in Identity Art that explores our Oracle-at-Delphi-like straddling of corporeal and virtual realms in our new media century. Civil rights in online space. 10 years...
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Daniel Martinez

Joseph DeLappe is a professor in the department of Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. DeLappe’s work has been presented in a variety of museums across the nation. His work has been shown interest to major newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, and Wired Magazine. One of the most important work he is known for is specializing in online gaming performance arts. To be more specific, he is very well known for his informative account protesting about military influences in the online game, “America’s Army.” In 2006, Joseph DeLappe began to use this online game and started with a username called, “Dead-In-Iraq”. Here, he recognizes any casualties from the war of Iraq by putting their first and last name, age, the branch they were in, and the date of death. Joseph DeLappe does not care to play the game, but rather to honor those fallen brave soldiers whom risked their lives for their country. Although he takes insulting comments from other users for not doing anything to help during the game and often ends up getting virtually killed or disconnected, DeLappe sees this act as a way that his protest is working. He wants people to realize that the point of the game is not to kill people, rather to honor them. Joseph DeLappe continues to inspire people today by this tactic. A tactic attempting to challenge the ideas of war.

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Tiffany Phan

Hi Daniel,

I also noticed that about his work as well! All of his work is great, but I realize that some or even most of his work has to do with alot of recognizing the lives of soldiers and war by incorporating their name on most of his work as well. I really acknowledge how he doesnt JUST create the art work, but he also tries to send a message to us and also like you said to use this ‘tactic to challenge the ideas of war,’ which I think is a great way to get people to realize that sometimes violence isnt the answer.

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beansartblog

Hey Daniel.

I love your research on Joseph Delappe, i found similar information but what really caught my attention is how you stated that the point of his “Dead-In- Iraq” project was to make the gamers realize that the point of the game is not to kill people, but to honor the soldiers at war. Personally, I love first person shooter games. I never realized the point that was stated here. It’s always about getting kill streaks and finding joy in head shots but not one thought about honoring soldiers cross my mind. You worded your statement very well.

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megansalinas11

Megan Salinas
After watching the introduction video and reading a little bit about Joseph DeLappe, I began to become more inclined by his concept behind behind his Dead-In-Iraq piece. He started this piece in March of 2006 and reason being was that this was the 3rd anniversary of the initial start of the Iraq war and his main goal was to show these “gamers” that although this is just an online game to them, real people, real soldiers died in the Iraq war and they do matter. These soldiers gave their lives to keep ours and those gamers lives safe and by naming them with the ages that they died and the branch they served for, he was able to shine light and being a sense of honorary gratitude to these fallen soldiers. I really enjoyed researching and reading about this particular piece in his collection because I feel that these fallen soldiers don’t get enough recognition for the bravery they had to go into the war – especially once they die, they really don’t get anymore recognition for their fight than if they were alive.

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Mark Nguyen

Dear Megan,
I also feel that most soldiers do not get the recognition they deserve in today’s society. I feel like that is really evident when you see homeless veterans on the side of the street asking for money, which is really sad. I think that those who fight for our country should be able to live comfortably when coming back home, not living out on the streets. I agree that what Joseph DeLappe did for the fallen soldiers was very honorable. Even though it wasn’t a physical sculpture or painting, I thought that it was a very creative way to give those soldiers the recognition they deserve for fighting for our country. Although they may not get any more recognition after they die, I feel that what they have done for us can never be repaid. By being thankful and appreciative, I guess that can be our own way of honoring all soldiers.

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Leslie Meza

Hi Megan,
After reading that DeLappe used the names of soldiers who were killed in war i thought of how amazing and thoughtful this artist was. Being introduced to his work i would have never expected him to consider the lives of others especially those who have given their life to protect their country. By him incorporating reality in these video games not only honors the ones that are gone but demonstrated to those that plays the reality and obstacles soldiers face when they go to war.

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Nathan Davalos

I agree with Megan when she states that our fallen soldiers do not get enough recognition for all their hard work and putting their lives on the line to protect ours. Soldiers are treated with respect when they are spotted back home in the states but those soldiers that unfortunately lost their lives seem to not be shown the same amount of respect. Joseph DeLappe use of inputting dead soldiers into his game is a way to show that they are being recognized for sacrificing their lives to protect the citizens of the United States. Us citizens that do not put ourselves into danger by joining the military and put our lives at stake need to be more appreciative of those that do risk their lives everyday to keep our country safe.

-Nathan Davalos

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samanthagomezblog

Hello Megan,
I agree completely with your statement, that our soldiers (currently serving, veterans, missing in action, prisoners of war and the fallen) have and or are not receiving enough recognition. We often forget to say thank you to them when we encounter them in our everyday lives. I have great admiration and appreciation for our service men and women, however every time I see one, I smile and try to say thank you. Sometimes it comes out, other time it does not because to be completely honest I become tearful. So the fact that this amazing artist has come up with a way to honor some of our service members is absolutely inspiring.

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giancarlovento

Giancarlo Vento

I also agree with Megan because soldiers currently serving and veterans do not receive the praise that they deserve. I believe that this issue is amplified by large gaming companies reaping mass profits from these war games that glorify war. In today’s society these games downplay the severity of war by casting soldiers in a robot like manner. These games have caused people to view soldiers as robots instead of people, killing machines that inevitably die. The worst part is these gaming companies probably don’t do anything to help veterans when America has very big issues within the veteran community. So Delappe’s work is great because it sheds light on the negative aspects of war while honoring those who died for our country.

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Mark Nguyen

Joseph DeLappe is a professor of digital media at the University of Nevada. He is known for his work in online gaming performance, as well as sculpture and electromechanical installations. He has lectured all over the world and has even been featured in the New York Times. What he is probably best known for is his dead-in-iraq project. In 2006, Joseph DeLappe entered the online army game, “America’s Army.” While in the game, with his username dead-in-iraq, he would send messages of names of those who had died while serving in Iraq. What’s most interesting to me is seeing how people in the game replied to all of his messages. Most of the other players were either annoyed or just apathetic towards him. I feel like that is a good connection to how some people view soldiers today. Although most are thankful for their service, I feel that some people don’t care about those who are fighting for our country. Despite rude comments from other players, Joseph DeLappe was able to honor all of the soldiers who died fighting in Iraq, even if it was for a fleeting second. Although most of us would never be able to remember all the names, Joseph DeLappe was able to create a very inspiring and eye opening project for the world to see. By shedding light on the cruelties of war, he was able to bring about a beautiful memorabilia in a very creative process.

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Melissa Passarelli

Mark,
I completely agree with you that the “Dead-in-Iraq” project was a really creative way to express himself and show people that soldiers should be recognized and remember that they are fighting for our country. I also found it interesting how players would react to Joseph DeLappe’s actions in the game which became an eye opening project. I am glad that Joseph DeLappe was able to honor and recognize all of the soldiers who died in Iraq with this project. Learning about this project made me think that we should recognize the soldiers who are in the army for our country and are risking their lives for us everyday no matter if they had died or are at war at this moment.

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Tiffany Phan

When I watched the video, I found it really inspiring how Joseph DeLappe doesn’t just create art through a painting or sculpting, but in ways where people can connect with one another, for example: online gaming. He is also very known for his work “dead-in-iraq” which was created to have people understand that it’s more than a game. Although, I found his work on “The Terrorist Other” really fascinating and according to delappe.net he tells us that 50% of online gamer tend to play the role as terrorists. He started his game art in 2013 but at that time he only had the visualization, but the he started creating it in 2013 and it became a work in progress through 2014. I find it really interesting that he take a Taliban fighter from the game “Medal of Honor” and recreates it to become a 24 inch tall polygon sculpture and the fact that he is trying to tell us that who we fear and want to kill can be expected to happen in the real world or just in a game.

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hrandonbong

Brandon Hong

Hey Tiffany! I completely agree with you on Joseph DeLappe’s innovative way to use gaming as his canvas. It is not only refreshing, but so original too. I looked up his art work the “The Terrorist Other” and really thought it was interesting on his portrayal and the connection he gave us of reality and virtual life. As I was looking at this piece I noticed a similar one called the “Taliban Hand”, and thought it was interesting on the color of the sculpture. I don’t know if I was thinking too much about it, but a thought came into mind when I saw the color. The hand was a white, and it made me think about how America had a hand in creating the Taliban, no pun intended. Joseph DeLappe seems to make most of his art works on war and so maybe he created the “Taliban Hand” to send a message to us that we are fighting a war we created. Anyways just thought it was interesting on how our views about Joseph DeLappe’s use of gaming really coincided!

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hrandonbong

Brandon Hong

As I started to watch this video, the first thought that came into my mind was “Oh great another boring artist”, but then as Professor Zucman spoke more about Joseph DeLappe I became more and more interested in him. Mainly due to the fact that his media was video games. A lot of artists these days try to speak to the world through paintings and sculptures, but fail to realize that the new form of communicating with most of the world is through technology. I thought it was refreshing on how this artist decided to use video games because it communicates so well with the younger generation. I actually looked up his art “Dead in Iraq” and just saw the reactions of hate from these people, but I thought of how admirable it was. It irritated these gamers to the point they voted to kick him off the match. I believe DeLappe had no other purpose in doing this besides letting people know the consequences of the Iraq war, and in my opinion he succeeded ever time he got kicked off a game.

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Pamela Ajoste

Hi Brandon! I completely agree with you. Communicating through technology is something that not a lot of people consider as art. More and more people, especially in this generation, uses technology throughout the day. It’s actually something that young adults enjoy and actually pay more attention to. Even though DeLappe receives insulting comments from the other players of the game because he doesn’t do anything or actually play the game correctly, he continues to play to show honor to those who died at Iraq, which you said is very admirable.

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timothaeus

What’s up Brandon. I also want to add how so many video games these days are committed to violence and our generation sucks it up like candy. The community of gamers who spend their time in these games are actually filling themselves up with visuals of heinous activity that is not enjoyable in real life, but somehow is epic on a game system. It boggles my mind how it seems as if most “fun” games are dedicated to the empowerment of evil or self-righteous activity, but so little games are dedicated to goodness and peace. This shows me how the nature of man is a bit unnerving and sadistic. Here’s my rant on today’s ‘R-Rated’ norms.

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Zjlinney

Hi Brandon. Many of DeLappe projects have meaningful messages to his targeted audience. In most of his project like the one you mention, “Dead in Iraq” he irritated those gamers and it seems like the message got through. Media has a big impact on people and DeLappe project is a very innovative artwork, but at the same time it like an intervention in understanding our consequences in supporting notions that we do not truly understand. To get the message across why not use an innovative way of the media, which can be effective. Completely agree with you on how effective the messages communicate to the younger generation.

-Linney Sar

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Juli Yoshinaga

Hi Brandon,

I totally agree with you in that Joseph DeLappe did a great job using technology to get his art and thoughts to the younger generation. I find that the older generation, has a harder time reaching the younger generation in a compelling way to get their thoughts or ideas across. DeLappe chose a creative method which tied into video games, which was very effective because gamers did not need to go through the extra effort to learn about all the casualties in Iraq. I, too, have so much admiration and respect for DeLappe for being brave and honest with his project. He has showed us the names of soldiers who have died in a realistic way that has moved me to want to help this cause.

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megansalinas11

@hrandonbong – Brandon,
I totally agree with what you said about connecting with the younger generation. I love that you brought this aspect to light and showed that most people our age are super into games and different kinds of media. This way of showing and honoring these soldiers was a great way to show these people of this younger generation that these games are just “games,” but that they are actual people who gave their lives to keep us safe. I really feel that it was a great way of connecting to these young gamers and even though some may be unaware of the war because of how young they are and how early people start playing games, these are real people and real situations.

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Pamela Ajoste

Joseph DeLappe is a professor of the Department of the Art at the University of Nevada. He directs the Digital Media program. His works have been shown throughout the United States and other parts of the world including Australia, United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. One of his most influential project is “dead-in-Iraq.” This work started in March of 2006 when he entered the online US Army online game, “America’s Army” using his username as “dead-in-Iraq.” This game manually types the name, age, service branch and date of death of all the people that died in Iraq. He continues this cycle until his avatar is dead and does it all over again when he comes back to life in the next round. DeLappe does not actually play the game, but rather just types the names of the people who died to honor their bravery for the country.

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beansartblog

Hi Pamela,

I love your research on Joseph DeLappe! I found similar information on our artists of the week this week. I love how you brought attention to his “dead-in-Iraq” project, I found this project amazing due to the fact that many gamers don’t realize what the actual point of the game is. Its to honor the soldiers fighting for our safety in different corners of the world. Many gamers just see the game as to kill and get streaks, but I love how you put emphasis on this project, it really does make other people who play these games think.

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timothaeus

Timothy Chung

Joseph DeLappe is a professor in the department of Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno. His unconventional style and character attracted him widespread infamy when he recognized fallen soldiers from the war in Iraq. Joseph simply wanted to spread awareness of the actual human lives that are taken everyday because he cares of individual people and their own personal lives and families. It fascinated me how the feeling and message he expounds is not universally accepted or rejected. I thought that art was meant to attract viewers to receive admiration; however, DeLappe blew my expectations out of this world by reintroducing the idea that an artist simply sends messages through their work. An artist sends the world a message to share their own beliefs and interests, not solely to be attractive, but to promote individualism.

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felixchuynh

Felix Huynh

Yeah, you’re right. His work isn’t widely received or even known by most people. Which is why it surprised me the most, as it’s obvious so many people look down on others that play video games. He manages to created art through games, whether he actually plays them or not. From Gandhi’s march to dead-in-Iraq, he uses a variety of games that suits his needs to showcase his art. That’s the most amazing of it all in my opinion.

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felixchuynh

Wow, I didn’t expect to see an artist that uses games and virtual worlds to show his art. I was actually interested to look him up and see what he had to offer. For one, I am really surprised about his style of art. I find the dead-in-Iraq portion really well made. Many years ago I played the game America’s Army, and thought nothing of it. In my mind at the time, I didn’t really know much about conflicts and issues outside the USA. I played it without a second thought of real world problems and the wars occurring then. I’ve had friends whose parent and other relatives have died in the war in Iraq, so I guess after reading his story about his online memorial, I’m glad he did it. It’s such an interesting way to honor those who fought in the war. He has named 4484 people in his online memorial, showing that many soldiers have died to protect their country, and that they deserve the praises as war heroes.

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Daniel Martinez

Hello Felix,
It is amazing how art can be shown in a variety of ways right? I was also surprised yet inspired at how Joseph DeLappe displayed his thoughts about war throughout this online game. Not only is it his thoughts of war, but it is him recognizing the fallen soldiers whom fought hard for their country. It is a beautiful way to display art, to recognize them by writing their names and age and honoring them throughout the game. There are plenty of ways to thank and honor a brave man/woman serving their country, but this has definitely been one of the most artistic and creative ways i’ve heard about.

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nkechiokoroma

Hey Felix!

It is interesting to hear that you actually played that game yourself and didn’t think about these real world problems. Sadly, this is the case for millions of video games users. Even though it is not really anyone’s fault that this happens, many gamers never realize how severe the game’s context is until they grow up and learn about the world around them or until they know someone who has fought in combat

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Alfredo Gonzalez

Hey Felix,

It was interesting to see how we discussed in class about how art is important and you brought up video games and this artist uses video games as a way to display his art. I also agree the way he did the dead-in-Iraq portion really well. He was making a statement by displaying the names of the fallen soldiers in Iraq war. I have never played the game but I think I wouldn’t paid attention to the names as well as I usually just play games for the enjoyment. Artists like Joseph is someone that is able to get his message across different formats of media, not just having a painting or sculptures.

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reynareal

Reyna Real

Joseph DeLappe is a professor at the university of Nevada where he directs the digital media program. DeLappe has be been working on electronic and new media since 1983. Most of DeLappe’s work is online gaming performance and electromechanical installation. DeLappe is the type of artist that doesn’t use paintings and sculptures like other artist do instead he uses video games as a form of art to send a message to people. In 2006 he began a project “dead-in-Iraq” where he recognizes fallen soldiers from the Iraq war. Although it is very sad to see that some people don’t agree with what he is doing and see it as a negative thing I think it’s very inspiring what he is doing honoring those who have fought and died for their country and he is letting people know that they deserve to be remembered.

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Adriana Maciel

Hello Reyna,
I agree with you and I think that DeLappe’s art is truly unique and it is very inspiring as well. The way he approaches art and is able to send out a deep message that we can all relate to is amazing. It is unbelievable to me that I can relate to art in this way even though I don’t play video games and I’m definitely not a huge fan of the virtual world. I can also see why he would make some people feel uncomfortable, since people do not want to be reminded that there are human beings out there fighting for our country and getting hurt or dying out there. DeLappe’s message is a very strong one and I’m glad I am able to learn about artists like him through this class.

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Melissa Passarelli

Melissa Passarelli
Joseph DeLappe runs the Digital Media area at the University of Nevada where he is the professor of the department of art. He is a very interesting and unique artist that uses technology like video games to express himself while trying to send a message to the world. Most of Joseph DeLappe’s work has to do with challenging the world’s involvement with war. His most famous project is called “Dead in Iraq” where he would use the name of his project as his login name and would type all of the names of the people killed in Iraq to remind the players of the consequences of war. The players with whom he would play with would always kick him out of the game or kill him because DeLappe would not stop. This demonstrates that DeLappe’s actions are successful and that many people do not honor those who had died for their country.

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Henry Pham

Henry Pham

I also find it interesting and unique how he uses video games to express himself. We usually think of art as a painting but here we have a person writing names into a video game. But when we think about it, the medium is not as important as the message he was trying to convey. Even if there is no physical piece leftover from his project Dead-In-Iraq, it is still a wonderful piece of art that is in remembrance of the deceased in the Iraq War. However, I would have to say that DeLappe’s action, although successful, was not to show how many people do not appreciate the efforts people have put into the war. I would question if the negative feedback he received was meant to contribute to his message. No matter what, DeLappe’s performance was an excellent art form that honors the brave who died in the war.

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Zack Ngov

Melissa Passarelli,

I also think DeLappe is an interesting and unique artist for using video games to send his message. I would have to disagree that his actions were successful. I am not familiar with the game he utilized to do his project on, but video games can get pretty competitive. Players usually want to win, so, it can be frustrating for players when a teammate is not trying, regardless of the reason. As for the killing of his avatar, killing the enemy is usually the main objective of most shooting games. Despite this, I still think the idea of his project was admirable.

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Zack Ngov

Learning about Joseph DeLappe was interesting. As a gamer, I am fascinated by DeLappe’s use of the online video game world to deliver his message in an artistic way. The message being that fall soldiers are not given enough recognition for their efforts. Although I like his style, I have very mixed feelings about what he was trying to accomplish in his art project “Dead-in-Iraq”. As he named the 4,484 people in his online memorial, he got many rude reactions from players. I think those rude reactions gave him more drive to continue doing the project. He would have gotten bored if people just left him alone and did not say anything to him. If something similar to DeLappe’s reading of names were to be done in person on campus, I am sure very few people would stop to listen to whoever is reading the names. Most people would just keep walking. Overall, I think DeLappe’s style was very intriguing and cool. I respect the message he tried to convey through his project. Fallen Soldiers do deserve recognition. However, forcing it on the players when they were clearly annoyed by it was wrong in my opinion.

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Justin Pham

Hi Zack,

I understand your point of view, being that I also am a gamer. I like how you mentioned that if he were to bring up the names in person, then it would not capture many people’s attention as much. I would also like to add on the fact that I do not think online video games would be the best medium just because most people play to play casually and to enjoy it. Most people would overlook the names and continue to focus on the game whereas Joseph spent the entire time online to type out each and every name. I feel like this effort is wasted because the text goes away and most people would look over it. Perhaps in a more online political environment, this tactic would have performed better, but not video games in my opinion.

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Henry Pham

When we think of art, most of us think of art in the traditional sense. We think of paintings, sculptures, poetry, and art through other mediums that have been around for a long time. Although as society has changed, other mediums for art have opened up for artists to utilize. Joseph DeLappe is an artist that has been working on “electric and new media,” such as video games, since 1983. Through video games, DeLappe creates a different interaction with the viewer than ever before. Players, or participants, can contribute to art. This is seen through his project in Second-Life as Gandhi. When DeLappe’s avatar was released from jail, a day long festival was held by participants to celebrate freedom. The story of the video game can also be used to support the artist’s message. This can be seen through DeLappe’s Dead-In-Iraq project, where he read out the names of those who died in Iraq within in game America’s Army. Since the game was about war and was characterized by players killing others, the background of the game served to assist DeLappe in the remembrance and honoring of the deceased soldiers in Iraq. Through DeLappe’s clever usage of the medium of video games, he found unique ways to convey his message and allow others to participate.

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nlemmerman

Hey Henry. I like that you mentioned that we often associate art with paintings, sculptures, etc., but that as the world evolves, so does our technology and our means of expressing ourselves. I think it’s really cool of DeLappe to use video games to express his art. It’s a pretty new thing to do, as people often dismiss games and childish or just unimportant. But I think there’s a strength to DeLappe’s medium because it forces people who hear about his art in video games to think about video games, thereby making people think about if video games are art or not, or if they can be used in other ways than just entertainment (which, to me, they can be).

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Glenn Zucman

Thanks for the name clarification Nick! 🙂
Unfortunately, I don’t see you in my gradebook for this class! 🙁
Did you enroll? In Section 3, 2:30pm?

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nlemmerman

OH NO I’M SO SORRY ! I’m in the 1:30 class actually. I previously emailed you explaining that I couldn’t get BeachArts to work on my computer but I was able to get it on my phone sans wifi. I must have been on the 2:30 page the entire time without noticing it because of the page’s layout on the phone.

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nkechiokoroma

Joseph DeLappe is currently a professor at the University of Nevada and directs the Digital Media program. A lot of his work is based electronically and has been seen in countries all over the world. I was never really familiar with the use of the virtual world as a form of artist expression so when I read about his work, I was pretty fascinated. His work that really caught my interest was his “dead-in-Iraq” character. He started this project in March of 2006. This was around the same time as the 3rd anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. As DeLappe would first enter the game and type all of the service mens’ names, many people would generally kill him off out of anger instead of stopping and realizing the message he was trying to present to them. This just goes to show how fallen soldiers sadly do not get the appreciation they deserve for their bravery.

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Adriana Maciel

Adriana Maciel

When Zucman mentioned that Joseph DeLappe made avatars and ‘virtual worlds’ at the beginning of the video, I was pretty lost. I didn’t really understand how he was doing all of his art, however, by the end of the video I understood that DeLappe is using technology to make art and send out a message to the world. I also did a little research to check out more of his projects, but the one I resonated the most was with his famous project “Dead in Iraq” because I am not a fan of those killing games. The reason for that is because my cousins are very much invested in those games and they are up all night and day mindlessly killing people in that virtual world since that is the whole point of the game. The game makes it seem so easy to be revived and begin killing once again, when in reality there are soldiers fighting for our country who get hurt or die out there where it is not a game. There is no way to revive yourself and come back to life. The fact that DeLappe’s message was to bring a light to the fact that what is happening in the game is happening in real life and that human beings are dying is so powerful. I understand that it is only a game and that people do just want to have fun but when playing those games you don’t stop and think about all the people who have died and at least show some respect for those who have fought for our country and died in the process.

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Janett Moctezuma

Hi Adriana,

I also did further research on DeLappe’s project, Dead-in-Iraq. I found this piece of work to be very fascinating because he used his digital media talent for a good cause, which was to memorize and protest for those who died in the Iraq war. I can also relate with the comment you made about your cousins spending much time playing those killing games. My brother who is 19 years old has been into those killing games (Call of Duty) since he was in middle school. He spends many hours out of the day playing even now that he’s working night shift. There are days where he much rather play his games instead of getting some sleep. It’s very true how they think it is so easy for them to revive themselves and come back to life without even thinking of those who have actually died during war. It would be nice to see DeLappe share his message in all the killer games just like how did with his Dead-in-Iraq project.

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Janett Moctezuma

Janett Moctezuma

After doing some research, I found out that Joseph DeLappe is a really talented individual in the art industry, particularly in the field of digital media. He is known for his online gaming performance. A piece of work that he did that I found very interesting was a project called Dead-in-Iraq. This project began in March of 2006 which was around the third anniversary of the starts of the Iraq war. DeLappe used his digital media talent in an online US Army recruiting game as an act of memorial and protest for those who died during the Iraq war. I think it is very inspiring how he used this online game as an act of memorial to honor those who served the country.

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Nathan Davalos

Joseph DeLappe has been working electronic and new media since 1983,primarily focused with online gaming, sculpture and electromechanical installation. His works have been shown all over the world ranging from the United States all the way to China. He began a project in 2006 named Dead-in-Iraq, in which he created a first person shooter video game with the names of all American casualties from the Iraq war in it. He has been interviewed by many national broadcast stations and has been featured in many big newspapers like the New York Times for example. He is now a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is the director of the digital media program. I am pleased to see that there is someone who genuinely cares about our fallen soldiers, not too many people show their support for all of the casualties that the United States has tallied up during the past 10-15 years.

-Nathan Davalos

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Zjlinney

Linney Sar

Joseph DeLappe is an art professor who continues to create fascinating artworks in a creative way. Instead of sticking to traditional ways of art like painting, he has innovative way in expressing his ideas using the media and electronic. One interventions project he started that I am interested in is called the Cowardly Drone (2013). In this project DeLappe have different photos of drones with the word cowardly on the side of drone. In this project he want to express the United States military power in Pakistan. The drones are military vessels that are remotely controlled in targeting targets. Another related project is called; “The Drone Project” (2014) this project took place at Fresno State University the artwork crafted was a three-dimension MQ1 drone. The focus of this project is a “participatory memorial” by writing the names of innocent civilians who were causalities of drone attack. DeLappe is an innovative artist who expresses his emotion and opinion in his artwork. Continuing and starting new project in support to old and new arising conflict the world faces today.

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Valeria Gonzalez

Hi Linney!

I also find that my favorite Joseph DeLappe’s art works are those that highlight a problem in today’s society. I like that you mentioned the projects that you found interesting. I find it unfortunate that some people don’t know that drone attacks are the cause of a lot of civilian’s death. I love that he uses his artwork to humanize those that have been the victims of wars and drone attacks. I don’t know if you agree, but I like that he defies the negative views that some people towards artists and their artwork.
He’s definitely taking advantage of the technology around him to make a statement through his art works. Much like you, I hope that he continues to use his new art projects to raise awareness of the issues in today’s society.

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justinphamm

When it comes to modern day art, most people tend to think about paintings and sculptures, but they tend to forget about the other mediums that art comes in. Another platform of this would be electronic media such as online gaming/reality could also be used to express yourself. Joseph DeLappe is currently a professor at the University of Nevada in the art department. Joseph DeLappe used this platform in order to portray his views and voice his thoughts. Out of all the projects he made, Dead-In-Iraq stood out to me the most, as it is a project in which he wrote the names of every American casualty in the Iraq war up to date at the time. Although he was able to get his voice across, I do not agree with his tactic. I play online shooting games as well, and as a player, I can say that his intended audience are usually teenagers to young adults, which wouldn’t capture the attention of most. I do not think that the video game community is the right community to voice your political concerns. Joseph voices his compassion for the American Army and its casualties through his media and it is refreshing to see artists manipulate different ways to express themselves.

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yesenia hernandez

I disagree with you Justin. I think it is specifically the video game community who are an important audience to expose the hypocrisy of war to. Especially, since it is these people who have been desensitized of violence and killing. People in the video game community have grown up playing video games and thinking killing is fun. They do not realize the true horrors of war and millions of deaths that come from it. By using what they love and know, Joseph DeLappe can educate them and open their eyes to it. I do not believe they are the only ones that should be exposed to his art but a key population.

I do agree with you that his art is refreshing. We do forget that art can be expressed in many forms and mediums.

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Lydia Chang

Yesenia, I’m going to have to disagree with you. People who have grown up playing video games do not think killing is fun & many of them do know of the horrors (maybe not have experienced it first hand, but many others have not either) of war and the deaths that come with it. While I do agree that DeLappe can and probably did educate/open up many eyes with his “dead-in-iraq” project, I cannot agree that games (specifically, first person shooting games) have desensitized violence and killing.
As a gamer myself, I wouldn’t say that I enjoy killing or violence, and I’m pretty sure I can speak on the behalf of many others.
I would have to agree with Joseph, however. This is probably not the right target audience nor way to get a point across. And, it is also a very limited audience that he is interacting with.

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Justin Pham

When it comes to modern day art, most people tend to think about paintings and sculptures, but they tend to forget about the other mediums that art comes in. Another platform of this would be electronic media such as online gaming/reality could also be used to express yourself. Joseph DeLappe is currently a professor at the University of Nevada in the art department. Joseph DeLappe used this platform in order to portray his views and voice his thoughts. Out of all the projects he made, Dead-In-Iraq stood out to me the most, as it is a project in which he wrote the names of every American casualty in the Iraq war up to date at the time. Although he was able to get his voice across, I do not agree with his tactic. I play online shooting games as well, and as a player, I can say that his intended audience are usually teenagers to young adults, which wouldn’t capture the attention of most. I do not think that the video game community is the right community to voice your political concerns. Joseph voices his compassion for the American Army and its casualties through his media and it is refreshing to see artists manipulate different ways to express themselves.

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Fatima Negrete-Farias

Joseph DeLappe is an artist and a professor at the University of Nevada in the department of Art. When I heard that he was an artist, I was wondering what type of art form he created that made him so famous. One of things mentioned in the video is that there was a whole controversy when he posted the deaths of the people from Iraq in Call of Duty. When he posted the deaths, some people found it absurd and others didn’t mind it so much. The controversy that was created by DeLappe shows how art can embrace different ideas and emotions into different people’s thoughts, from the same piece of art. I think his message was powerful because he exposed the deaths in a game that millions of people play. He obviously grabbed the people’s attention because people talked about it, either appreciating the video or not. Delappe’s actions were bold and it’s sad that some players found it as a joke and annoying of the memorial. The lives of who passed away meant a great deal in our nation, and reading the comments of the video game players is just upsetting. Death happens every day and one day it will happen to us. Death is not a joke because it is bound to happen one day to us, someone we know, love, a neighbor, and a stranger. http://www.delappe.net/project/dead-in-iraq/

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Alfredo Gonzalez

I have never heard of Joseph DeLappe until the introduction video and just by hearing some of his work he is an artist that I will start following for now on. He is a professor of the Departments of Art at the University of Nevada. He has been working with electronic and new media since 1983 and has had installations throughout the world. Being able to do the work he does where he includes video games is amazing. Playing video games has always been important to me since I was a kid, this is something I did for fun with my friends and family. The way Joseph does it where he is making a statement is amazing because he is able to get his word out in a way people could find entertaining. Even though some people may find it disturbing or having something bad to say just shows that his word is getting spread across his work. In today’s world where technology is very important and many people are stuck in front of their computers and phones, this artist is still able to make a statement without having people to leave their house and go to a gallery to see a physical art piece.

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monicalock

Alfredo Gonzalez, I agree with you. I think it was very creative for Joseph DeLappe to be able to acknowledge the life of soldiers through video games rather than going to a gallery or museum. It was eye opening to see that some people were disturbed by his actions. I think you were referring to the screenshots of the video game on Joseph DeLappe’s website. Actually, the first time I went on the his website, I didn’t realize the messages of the other players. It’s so rude that other people hiding behind their computer screens have the audacity to write negative things about the men who passed away. I do agree with your opinion about technology. As technology advances, it is easier for messages or statements to become more widespread.

Monica Lock, 1pm

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amazeeana23

Hi Alfredo,
I agree with you that before this video I had no idea who this artist was, but I applaud him for his creativity and for being spontaneous. As someone who personally loves video games, I agree with you that I’d enjoy to follow him as well. I also agree with Monica about the hateful comments written towards him.

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Fatima Negrete

I agree with Adriana when she says that people need to have respect to the soldiers who lost their lives. People who play video games tend to be lost in a virtual reality. Death is not an issue for the players, but for soldiers it is. The soldiers face several obstacles everyday, but not video game players. I play Call of Duty, but I respect those who have passed away, especially soldiers. I can’t believe that there are many people who are disrespectful to soldiers who passed away.

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Valeria Gonzalez

History has always been one of my favorite subjects, so hearing about DeLappe’s Gandhi graphic avatar really piqued my interest! Although I’m not very keen to Gandhi, I feel that DeLappe’s graphic avatar was a really innovated way of reenacting a historical event. At first, his art confused me a bit since I’m used to studying artists whose art media is painting, but I increasingly began to understand his art pieces. After researching Joseph DeLappe, I found that he is a professor at the University of Nevada. He has worked with new media and electronics since 1983 and has been exhibited in countries from all over the world. He has also lectured about his artworks in different countries from around the world. Being the author of two books is also part of his long list of accomplishments. I find that his art is very unique and can often be thought provoking.

His two art pieces that stood out to me are Hairy Mouse and Liberty Weeps. I found Hairy Mouse to be witty and a play on words. It is literally a computer mouse covered in a bunch of hairs. The title perfectly describes the artwork, but most people probably expected to see the animal we call mouse instead of a computer mouse. Liberty Weeps stood out to me because I feel like it describes the social issues plaguing the United States today. There is police brutality, unnecessary wars, poverty and many more issues in the United States. It’s very fitting that this cardboard sculpture was made for a cause called “Manifest: Destiny”. Overall, I really enjoyed looking at Joseph DeLappe’s artwork because I feel like he is taking advantage of the technology available to us today.

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cslabell claudia sanchez

Hey Valeria! i also found DeLappe’s “mouse” pieces to be rather entertaining. i think a part of me was thinking that he did want to portray a real life mouse; as you say a play of words. But then i got to thinking that maybe it kind of dealt with how much time a person spends online. i don’t know why but i thought of a mans beard when i saw Hair Mouse. i was thinking that maybe a man had spent so much time online that he forgot to shave his beard. Weird huh? And then the weaving piece; The Mouse Mandala, that looks time consuming in itself so i think that shows devotion to that little instrument. He even said that this piece is a continuing piece that he wants to expand. So i think that shows that he thinks time online will continue to grow as time passes. Regardless, i think it was pretty cool, a little gross with the hairs but, cool. =)

-Claudia Sanchez

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Marissa Sar

Honestly, I didn’t know who Joseph DeLappe was until I listened to the video. To hear that he connected the virtual and realistic elements with his own take on expressing art was interesting. One of his creations was a Gandhi avatar. He can physically control and allow it walk distances utilizing a NordicTrack. In addition, I read an article called Enlisting the Body: Joseph DeLappe and “Social Tactics” by Chris Lanier, DeLappe stated that his “body became the game controller in a kind of way, the mouse – or however you want to refer to it.” So, I thought that was interesting that he would take the concept of a computer mouse, and had a different intake on how the body can be a computer mouse without actually using it. For the dead-in-Iraq game art, I learned there were controversies around the topic of seeing an actual name of someone who died in the war appear. If I did played a combat video game, I personally wouldn’t want to see someone’s name of an actual person appear, but I know that there’s the significant part for the player itself to have self-awareness. It somewhat brings back-to-life to the person the shoots and died. So, in a way it’s re-living that moment, and at the same time bringing honor/ recognition to the name that maybe was considered a “nobody” to the society. Therefore, I thought it was a smart idea to DeLappe to create this innovation.
Lastly, to add to my findings on that website, the “Taliban Hands” art work was also intriguing because the two hands are molded in different gestures/different meanings, such as the right hand molding a gesture that’s holding a gun, based on a Taliban’ fighter hands in a game.

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Bunny Horn

Marissa Sar,

I like your discussion. I agree with you that in the dead-n-Iraq game art, while playing the game, I wouldn’t want see the name of the person showing on the screen. I would think that it very disrespectful towards the people who past away. Also I would think he has a different approach for showing an actual person names who passed away during the war in game. Also I was wondering, how does the people know that the name that was on the screen has the same name of those who passed away? True, it was a great idea for him to come up with a creative way to use an avatar to create game media. Based on what you mentioned, I also found it interesting of his “Taliban Hands.” I would like to see more of his art.

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amybecerraart

Hi, Bunny! When reading your comment about how putting diseased soldiers’ names in a game might be disrespectful, I began to ponder whether or not it was respectful for him as a whole to do that. I believe that entering an online game where people go to have fun isn’t the best idea because you are performing your art performance at the cost of others. If you were to do an art performance in real life and someone did not agree with it, they could walk away and leave. If you enter a game and you have a teammate that has no intention of actually playing, you have to suffer at the cost of someone wanting to “spread awareness”. Not to say that spreading awareness is a bad thing, but there are appropriate times and places. Ruining a game people play to release stress and enjoy themselves by joining a game with teams with no intention of actually playing with their team seems inappropriate. I might be a little biased, however, because I have experienced playing a multiplayer game where a teammate refuses to play and the game becomes very unfair because there is an uneven amount of players on each team. The effect is no one has fun, and everyone likely becomes agitated. I believe the reaction to DeLappe’s art performance was likely the same. Not only was it possibly disrespectful, but it was also an art performance that no one signed up to see. It was an art performance that made people agitated and was not conducted in the appropriate place. All this is my own personal opinion.

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Bunny Horn

In this week’s discussion video, we will discussed about Joseph DeLappe. One of Joseph DeLappe’s art work is Ghandi. It was interesting because he uses a Nortek track device so he can physical walk the same distant as Ghandi. To continued, when Gandhi was prison for a year. Joseph DeLappe wants to show a similar to Gandhi experience in jail, so he and his Gandhi avatars came back and react it. I thought was interesting was that to showed that he really want it to be similar so he would sit in prison to experience what Gandhi experience. To me, he is a great artist to look up to because he want to express his art to people. As the video mention, I agree that he is an artist who isn’t using painting, but he really using game media and virtue world to do a political social critique so we can inhabit until today. After watching this video, I wanted to know more about him and his great art work so I did a research about him. I found out one of his great work, for example, The Mouse Mandala, a discarded computer mouse. He collect the old computer mice and made into art because he inspired by the industrial revolution in the United Kingdom.

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Marissa Sar

Hi Bunny!
I totally agree with you on how amazing and interesting it is for DeLappe to combine the media, the virtue world, and the controversies around politics into his art creations. DeLappe is a model example of you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make a difference in the world, but use our every day skills/talents or love in our hobbies to do it. Also it’s clear that DeLappe incorporated his own beliefs and skills in art to allow myself in others to think about the bigger picture or think outside the box than what the world’s standard may be, such as simple in combat video games’ significance or even thought about the concepts of computer mouses. Also WOW, I didn’t know the Mouse Mandala art work was based on the the Industrial Revolution in the United Kingdom! That’s interesting!

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Jessica Obrique

Hello Bunny,
I love that with the advancement of time, there comes new ways to create art. I thought Joseph DeLappe’s virtual art was such a creative way to share his beliefs and message. To be able to come up with a similar way to experience what Ghandi did really shows his dedication to his art. It’d be hard for me to even do it for a days! I also took a look into one of the other Joseph DeLappe’s pieces you mentioned and I have to say it’s a great piece especially for me because I love computers. You can really see the advancement of technology if you compare it to what we have now.

Jessica Obrique

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cslabell claudia sanchez

Hey everyone, Claudia Sanchez here. So after doing some research of Mr. Joseph DeLappe I changed my views on him. While watching Professor Zucman’s introduction video on him and seeing a glimpse of the Dead-in-Iraq project I kind of biasedly sided with those that gave DeLappe negative comments on the project. i sided with them in arguing that DeLappe shouldn’t have done that on a game. I mean I’m all for standing up for what you believe in but sometimes you have to have just plain fun. Then I took a look at a video that DeLappe posted on his website about the project and there was something about the simple intro to the game that just made me feel off. I immediately thought of all the families of the names he was typing. i thank our brave soldiers for their service and the sacrifices their families have made but it made me a little sick thinking “what if some enlisted thinking it was going to be this easy?” I think that’s what Joseph DeLappe’s Dead-in-Iraq project is about. He want to make it clear that this may be a game being played but, in reality its NOT JUST A GAME. The names made it real and maybe it’s a protest against the ignorance of individuals but it’s also a protest of the government in making young men and women relate a joy stick to a real weapon. Seeing how much negative feedback DeLappe was getting as he typed those names was eye opening and I’m sure he liked that sort of feedback because it got people thinking. Another pretty cool project that he has worked on is In Drones We Trust. Here he has been able to involve participants from all over the U.S. and internationally to put a stamp of a drone, a black man raising his arms, and sea levels rising on currency. Admitting; I checked the few bills I had in my wallet; no drones. But it’s pretty cool that some of these are still in circulation. I think the main reason behind DeLappe’s projects and installations are to raise alertness in people of the realness in the world. I think he is using his work in a good way even though it may be heavy or subliminal it gets its point across because it raises emotions.

-Claudia Sanchez

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Erika Perez

It is enlightening to see how your perspective changed in regards to DeLappe’s “Dead in Iraq” project, for if you’re perspective can change then you can already see the impact his work is creating. As you said, it creates awareness and brings a new perspective to those oblivious to how insulting war games can be to the actual harm real soldiers put themselves through for their country.

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Leslie Meza

I have never heard about the artist Joseph DeLappe. After watching the video presented by professor Zucman and reading a few fun facts and his autobiography, i was amazed about DeLappe’s work. DeLappe is a professor at the University of Nevada whose work was mostly based on online gaming, electromechanical installation, and sculptures. One of his works included the avatar creation of Ghandi. DeLappe used a tracking device which allowed him to recreate the steps Ghandi took in the Salt March. I found it amazing how he had the skills to recreate Ghandi’s steps through an avatar. Not just that but how some artist are still influenced by Ghandi’s work. DeLappe also created a project “Dead in Irag.” DeLappe’s interest was not to play video games that involved war but to honor those soldier who died at war. As a result, he incorporated the first and last name of the soldiers who passed away as well as the date of their death in the video game Fifty Shades of Black Ops.
-Leslie Meza

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Jose Perez

I too was also surprised with his work. It is amazing how art can be incorporated in many different ways. Art is considered all around us, as everyone has their own creative interpretation of the word art. I like how you mentioned the avatar of Ghandi because I was also fascinated by how the structure was created.

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nlemmerman

When the video first started I couldn’t really connect to DeLappe’s styles of art. However after researching some more and looking at his different works, I have to say, I’m actually pretty intrigued and impressed. His dead-in-iraq piece (sending the names of fallen soldiers in the simulation), though very creative and risky, sends his message of how we have fun in our video games–dying and shooting each other–when it’s a very real thing that happens to countless people. I also looked at another piece called First TV Memory. A black and white camera projects a live footage from inside of a mini wheel, showing its tracks go round and round; it shows us his first memory of TV of Robert Kennedy’s funeral train when its camera was pointed at the tracks. I thought it was an interesting thing to display. It’s hard for anyone to accurately recall their first memory, let alone re-visualize it. And his way of visualizing it is really ingenious.

–Nick Lemmerman

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yesenia hernandez

Yesenia Hernandez

Technology has distanced us from reality. Joseph DeLappe is creating awareness of this “distancing” by using new media art as a political statement. Video games specifically have normalized violence and war. DeLappe is taking control and using video games to his advantage. It was clever of him to use the army recruiting game war America’s Army to expose actual names of real dead soldiers. By doing this, it makes war real and attainable. War veterans are underappreciated in our society and often forgotten. Although, he had mixed reviews for his dead-in-iraq project I think he got his point across even to the people he annoyed. He made those annoyed people think about real casualties even if it was for only a second.
In conducting more research online about Joseph DeLappe, I learned war and technology are important subjects in his various art projects. In 2014 DeLappe had an art exhibit called “Social Tactics” in which people could make small paper drones and write the name of a civilian drone casualty. DeLappe was uncovering the dangerous of technology and the distortion of war through his exhibit. Technology is both good and bad as it improves society while at the same time making it a more dangerous world for us to live in.
Joseph is passionate in exposing the hypocrisy of war in America. By using video games and virtual worlds he is able to reach various and new audiences. In these modern times many people love to play video games and technology so it important to move art in the same direction.

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Emily Tomasello - Art

In response to Yesenia Hernandez:
Hi Yesenia! You took the words right out of my mouth. The thought that technology has distanced us from reality has been lingering in mind for a while now, and I think Joseph DeLappe has perfectly portrayed this message through his pieces. I did not know anything about DeLappe prior to this assignment, but I can now honestly say that his “dead-in-iraq” piece is one of the most moving yet saddening pieces of art I have ever seen. It is moving because it shows what kind of person DeLappe is and where his beliefs lie regarding war. It is also saddening because there are so many people out there who play these video games in their nice, comfy homes, not realizing that there are actual people facing the dangers and repercussions of war. It is also saddening to me because DeLappe’s gesture to enter the game and type in the names of those fallen military personnel was seen by many as an annoyance. It really goes to show that not all people think the same way as you do. DeLappe’s efforts to bring a controversial situation to light and give recognition to fallen soldiers was powerful to some, but nettlesome to others.

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Juli Yoshinaga

Personally, I was unaware of Joseph DeLappe prior to this week. I am glad I was able to learn more about his work because I think it is crucial we recognize and know artists and people who have made a positive impact in our world. As controversial as his dead-in-iraq project may be, DeLappe went a step further to recognize people who have died, fighting for our country. It is appalling to find that many people were against his concept, even though DeLappe’s motive was only to make aware and give recognition to our soldiers. To me, it is saddening that citizens do not care for the lives and services of others, and instead, find it to be ‘annoying’ or ‘terrible’. People do not want to face the current issues in our society, and when it is handed to us, many people respond negatively because they do not know how to handle or accept the faults in our communities. The only way is to face the problem, accept it, and to do what you can to better the situation. Although, many have responded in a negative way, I give praise to DeLappe for facing the controversial and letting citizens know what situation soldiers face. Additionally, DeLappe’s sculpture, America’s Army Action Figure was also very moving. The Action Figure was fallen to the ground, which looked like many of the ones from DeLappe’s dead-in-iraq. The Figure had many details, giving it a realistic sense to the soldier. Again, giving civilians a chance to recognize our soldiers. DeLappe’s work is moving, and I hope people can eventually come to terms with themselves to understand the importance of the many casualties and the importance of the service army men have given.

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lourdessahara

Juli Yoshinaga,

I was unaware of Joseph Delapppe too! I thought his work was interesting, because it’s different from many other artists. I like that you said that his work was moving, because I feel like Delappe’s work, specifically Dead in Iraq, gives recognition to those soldiers that are out fighting for the country. His work does incorporate controversial issues going on in the world, but I also feel like Delappe engages in human-machine relations, and politics. Delappe is a genius for his project Dead in Iraq, because he approached a huge audience in the game world. I agree with you that many people do not want to approach and face these current issues.

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monicalock

Juli Yoshinaga, I agree. I really like how you said that “it is crucial we recognize and know artists and people who have made a positive impact in our world.” I think it is so important to recognize the men who have fought and passed away while fighting in the war. It reminds me of when I was in my high school English class. We were discussing the novel by Tim O’Brien called The Things They Carried. She told us how important O’Brien named soldiers rather than describe the scene of the battle field and not list them at all. By naming the soldiers, the author is conveying that there is more to the deceased than a still body lying on the ground–that there is a personality and character. Also when O’Brien named the soldier, he is also acknowledging the men and their contributions to the war.

Monica Lock, 1pm

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curlyhairboy

Just like you, I was unaware of who Joseph DeLappe was as well. I agree with you that it is appalling how people were against his way of showing recognition of those who have died for us. It’s as if people aren’t ready to see the truth, which I find very common in our society. We don’t want to hear the bad things on the news. Out of sight out of mind. Which I believe the audience to the game dead-in-Iraq were having a hard time with. They didnt’ want to face the fact of the names of people who have died for us. I think it speaks volumes of the type of society we live in.

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reynareal

Reyna Real
In response to Justin Pham I agree with you that DeLappe voices his compassion for the American Army through the virtue world. He uses the virtue world as an act of honor and as a memorial to those who have served our country. He is showing support and he is remembering the fallen soldiers that have died in the war, even though some people might disagree with what he is doing I think he’s using art to make a statement and as a form to raise awareness.

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gabrielg454gmailcom

Gabriel Gonzalez
I agree as well, although many people see at as if Delappe is trying to portray that people are having fun out of peoples deaths, i find it as if he is using video games to discretely honor our soldiers in a sneaky way. Also he is definitely trying to raise awareness, as well as demonstrating that the army is important and the things that happen are not fictional as in video games.

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Jessica Obrique

I haven’t played Second Life, but I have watched a couple of documentaries on it. It was so interesting to hear testimonies of the people and why they play it. Tying those documentaries in with the discussion video; having a virtual world really allows for an expression of self that sometimes can’t be done in reality. Virtually, you can express yourself in avatar form where money may be an issue or you can get in touch with people where distance may be an issue. Joseph DeLappe’s virtual pieces were a great platform to reach out to a huge audience and share his message to people all over the world. I think its awesome that people are able to create and appreciate art in different forms of media and I hope that we can see more of them from artists in the future!

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gabrielg454gmailcom

Joseph Delappe is a pretty interesting artist. He is all about digital media, and is a professor at the University of Nevada. It is pretty amusing to me that someone can recreate art out of video games when most people see video games as art themselves. Also i find it awesome how he is motivated by the American Army. It seems as if it is a major inspiration to him, and the amount of support he shows aswell as the way he honors those who have fought for the United States is the best art to express, and what better way to express it than with video games.

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ammyphaam

Hi Gabriel,

I agree with your comment about Joseph DeLappe and his unique style as an artist. DeLappe is the first artist that I have come across and uses digital and virtual media as a way to express his ideas and values; rather than using the form of painting or sculpture. I also find it inspirational that DeLappe focuses his virtual art on social and political controversies. As stated above, DeLappe was inspired by the American Army which lead him to create a virtual gaming world to honor these soldiers. This action by DeLappe is truly moving and eye opening.

-Amy Pham

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ammyphaam

Joseph DeLappe is a media artist and educator. DeLappe is a professor at at University of Nevada, Reno from the department of Art. DeLappe’s art career has been quite successful considering he has had multiple exhibits and publications. Looking at DeLappe’s artwork, I can see that his artwork are on a very wide spectrum and are very geometrical. His artwork are simple looking, yet the geometric twist gives the artwork a new dimension. DeLappe is well known for his virtual gaming creations. Not only is this a great way to connect to the virtual community, but DeLappe incorporates the idea of both social and political values and creates a virtual combination of the two. After looking at a couple of DeLappe’s pieces, I am intrigued with his concept and unique ideas. DeLappe incorporates values that are significant to his ideals and he expresses them in a way that allows the audience to first hand take part in his movement.

Amy Pham
Section 03 — 2:30

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Emily Tomasello - Art

If I’m being honest, I have to say that I had never heard of Joseph DeLappe before this week’s Artist Discussion. After watching the introduction video and learning about how DeLappe recreated Gandhi’s Salt March, I was intrigued. I headed over to DeLappe’s website, http://www.delappe.net where I checked out some of his work. His piece “dead-in-iraq” really got me thinking. When I was younger, many of the guys I went to school with played video games that focused on soldiers in combat and fighting overseas. I never understood why young men thought this was so entertaining. In a virtual reality, people can sit behind a screen and have thousands upon thousands of “kills” to their name. When they’ve had enough, they can tuck themselves into their nice, warm beds and sleep peacefully. Meanwhile, soldiers are out there risking their lives and fighting for our country. Now that I’m thinking about it, that is just so twisted to me. I found DeLappe’s use of virtual worlds in order to represent culture extremely interesting. As a way to protest the war, DeLappe had logged into the “America’s Army” online video game and did nothing except type the names of each service person killed in Iraq as other players around stimulated war. In an interview, DeLappe said that he was “trying to remind other gamers that real people are dying in Iraq.” I don’t know about anybody else, but for me, this was definitely a clever way to protest the war and an even powerful way to represent today’s culture.

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belenbarragan

Hey Emily! I am right there with you, I hadn’t heard of DeLappe until today. I actually agree with everything you said. I think that these video games actually are glamorizing war and that DeLappes piece is a very much needed cry out for the realization of reality. I think this new form of media protest is fascinating, like you said by using today’s culture. I still think that a lot of people are not ready for that either. I could see why some of the gamers would be upset due to them not “asking” to be involved or what not. But I think that regardless this new form of media art could actually open so many new doors into conveying ideas to a group that would other wise not be listening.

Belen Barragan 2:30

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belenbarragan

I think its quite fascinating how art has now delve into the virtual world. Joseph DeLappe is the first artist I have heard that does this kind of thing, which I am sure I am mistaken. I found his website online and perused through it. I first decided to go on his Ghandi project because I was confused by the verbal explanation of his project. I saw it and I think it was actually genius. In a sense it was a new-era protest. Although he did not physically walk the 200+ miles (lengthwise), he actually did walk them on the treadmill. The fact that all these gamers are in the same virtual world as him gives him much wider audience that maybe would not as typically be aware of art or such protest movement. But this is a grey area as well. This new innovation of artistic protest through the virtual gaming world also comes with like i said previously a lot of audience. To begin with, a lot of the people in the gaming world are not expecting to be a part of some sort of social art project in which DeLappe is trying to prove a point. People might be confused or even annoyed, as was stated in the introduction. I on the other hand, think its very genius and convenient way to convey a message to the masses in such a technologically advanced era we live in. If such a piece was just conveyed in an art studio, the audience that is being reached is quite small and very specific (people who like art!). On the other hand, through the virtual gaming world, the audience is amplified and diversified extensively. Being a millennial myself, sometimes forget what a great advantage the internet and virtual worlds are to meet people or to simply communicate and I think its great that DeLappe is finding a very unique way to use that to his social projects. I also noticed that DeLappe is very interested and artistically involved in a lot of war related topics. A lot of his media, from paintings to sculptures to drawings, portray some aspect of war life. Like many of my peers above, I thin that it is important that he is shining some light on a very controversial and emotional issue.

Belen Barragan Art 110 2:30

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Stephanie Valdivia

Wow Belen I definitely agree with you! I also think that the project was very genius for the same reasons. I didn’t think about what the gamers during the project thought about it. I’m sure many people were upset because they were “just playing video games” but I think it’s important for people to realize what’s going on in the world. This project was sort of a reality check for some people. I’ve played war games before and I never took the time to think about actual war. If I was a gamer and I had stumbled into this project, I would’ve questioned all my life choices on video games.

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itsjazelle

Jazmin Mejia

Joseph DeLappe has been working on his performance project dead-in-iraq since 2006. DeLappe describes his project as a ‘cautionary gesture’, the performance can be both a memorial to those who died in the Iraq conflict as well as calling into question the role of ‘America’s Army’ as either a recruitment or escapist device. He has been both praised and criticized for his works’ political overtures, particularly in respect to the ongoing war in Iraq and the consequences of it in ways which question the role of gaming in our global culture. Furthermore, Joseph DeLappe has been working with electronic and new media since 1983. His work in online gaming performance, sculpture and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad. His most recent art work was inn 2013, where he rode a specially equipped bicycle to draw a 460-mile-long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range to surround an area that would be large enough to create a solar farm that could power the entire United States. Lastly, he is currently a Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program.

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lourdessahara

Lourdes Sandoval

Joseph Delappe is a media artist and directs the Digital Media program as a Professor at the University of Nevada, specializing in electronic and new media. After researching about Delappe, I found out that he has four different degrees. In 2006, he created a controversial project called Dead in Iraq, where Delappe is able to send out a text message in the system and type out the name, age, and date of death of each American military soldier fighting in the war in Iraq. This gesture could be a way of remembrance towards those who died in Iraq, or can also be disturbing for some gamers to see. I feel like Delappe’s motive is to intervene in social realities to approach and engage with a larger audience. His work is definitely different from many others, which I love. His work, specifically Dead in Iraq, brings recognition to the public about issues that go on in the real world. Delappe has many other clever projects such as The Mouse Mandala, Kill Box, and Cardboard Gandhi.

Art 110 Section 03- 2:30

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Savannah

We see protestors everywhere. They’re on campus, they’re on Facebook, they’re on the corner of the street. One place we don’t expect to see protestors is in video games. I don’t play video games, but I’ve been around them because of my brothers and boyfriend. Through “dead-in-iraq” Joseph Delappe protested against the violence that comes with war by posting names of casualties on the message board. If we saw someone shouting names on campus, we wouldn’t give it a second thought, and we’d just keep walking. In a game, it’s more in your face, and you either have to kill the character or kick them out if you don’t want to see their messages. He has done other projects that aren’t so forceful on the audience, like the voluntary 1000 Drones Project, but overall, he wants to make people feel the pain that they don’t feel when they hear that somebody has died in war. Instead of imagining a bunch of lifeless bodies without faces, he wants us to feel the pain that each individual’s loved ones have felt. There are many artists out there trying to accomplish the same goal, but the world is a terrible audience. Also, the world’s brain seems to be more online than in real life these days. Artists, like DeLappe, need to adjust to this in order to really be seen or heard by an audience at all. I’m inspired by DeLappe’s commitment to his cause and his willingness to try some uncomfortable things in order to get his message heard.

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monicalock

Monica Lock, 1pm

Art comes in many forms and mediums. Joseph DeLappe is an artist that displays his work through game media, as opposed to painting on canvases. People typically play video games for their own entertainment. It’s interesting to see the way his work is presented. Typically people who play video games often don’t appreciate still forms of art. Joseph DeLappe decided to combine two things, something as serious as giving out the names and dates of those who passed during the Iraq war to something not as serious such as violent video games about war. As someone who had no interest in playing video games, I didn’t think much about how much a video game can be a form of art. After reading and watching videos about Joseph DeLappe’s work, I realize that art really is everywhere.

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Stephanie Valdivia

After doing some research on Joseph DeLappe, I found out that he works with online gaming performance and sculpture and electromechanical installation. After watching the video, I was interested in learning more about his dead-in-iraq project. He started this project in 2006. The purpose of this project was to show the names of America’s military casualties from the Iraq war in an online army recruiting game called America’s Army. In addition to that, he directs a project called iraqimemorial.org that is a web based exhibition and it proposes memorials for the thousands of civilian casualties from the Iraq war. I think this project was brilliant. He felt passionate about something and wanted to bring attention to it, and he did exactly that. There was a flood of different opinions but the most important thing was that people noticed. I don’t think DeLappe was being offensive, he was being clever.

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samanthagomezblog

Hello everyone, after watching the art talk video of the week and being introduced to this new artist, I went on to his official website and read more about him. All of his projects are amazing, but like most of us discussing on this page, the one that caught my attention the most was ” Dead-in-Iraq”. I would have never thought of using a video game as a form of protest or for that matter as a form of art. As I watched the project unfold from the beginning, I teared up thinking about the soldiers as he typed out their names. Like many individuals today, I sometimes forget that there are individuals out there fighting for us and protecting us. I take it for granted, many of us do. We often forget to say thank you for your service. One reason why I believe many of us do not speak of war and those who are in it is because we do not to feel a sense of sadness, grief or maybe guilt. Possibly even helpessness, because there is little we can do to make a difference.

Samantha Gomez
Section 3 2;30pm

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jbpena

Hello Sam!
Some of us tend to forget that we have our own people out there fighting for us; which is why I value and appreciate everything I have in life. Aside from that, Joseph DeLappe, while his methodology is a bit out of ordinary, makes a significant impact on both to the general community and the gaming community by mentioning the names of the soldiers while playing a video game. While other people have different feelings about his actions, some are rather moved by it and acknowledged him. They even thanked him for his efforts to do so no? In any case, he has a unique method and it’s one that I have never heard of; nevertheless, it is very effective and well done to him. We get to appreciate things much more in our life now.
-Justin Pena

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Jillian Ayala

Hey Samantha, I completely agree. I think that many of us forget about those in our army! I think its great that Delappe shed some light on it and tried to honor those who fought in our war, because clearly many of us forget to. Not many think about it and I think its great that he continued doing it no matter how many people got annoyed. It got me thinking about how they aren’t really appreciated and people have lost their lives to this cause. They deserve to be honored. Its truly a very moving art piece.

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jbpena

Joseph DeLappe uses rather an interesting approach with his work. This is perhaps the first time and the only artist I heard of that has used a video game to observe and get his message across. In a way he is one of those who are turning warfare shooting games into what it was back then in the early 90s and late 2000s – they were supposed to be fun while at the same time teaching history by making the player experience the missions their character has to go through. Joseph DeLappe, while his methodology is rather odd to me, actually in some way reminds me of what those games used to be about. Sure I was having fun playing as the American killing these digital nazis or whatever but the game taught me history and made me curious about it more. And when finishing these games, I remember clips from war and names of fallen soldiers listed at the ending. This is similar to what DeLappe did. By reading those names, he was making others realize that these warfare video games are more than just a game, they are made to teach and remember of those who had paid the ultimate price for our future. I very much appreciate DeLappe’s efforts.

-Justin Pena

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lizzystiller

Lizzy Stiller

One of the most interesting parts of information I uncovered about Joseph DeLappe is that he is just a regular guy. It always amazes me how humble of a background an artist can come from. He is one of the many artists out there expanding the idea of digital art. It’s a relatively new field as technology develops further, and DeLappe is doing something very interesting with his abilities. What I also found interesting is that he has had exhibits so near by! The latest being in Fresno. I love his idea in dead-in-iraq project. I feel it really expanded the ideas of what people believed could be done with art online. It is very interesting to see how passionate he is about the military and those who serve in it as he also directs the iraqimemorial.org project. It is a wonderful thought to know that DeLappe did not just do this project to try and impress people and make a statement. He created this work because he was passionate about what he believed in, the soldiers who risk their lives for us. Art online is often not appreciated. We don’t really consider media online to be art since it was made with a computer, and not someone’s hand. But this is an art form that is constantly changing and growing and I am quite excited to see where it goes next.

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Jamie Van

I also found Joseph DeLappe’s approach to art incredibly interesting. I agree that art online is often not appreciated well enough but I believe that it may be a result of people getting used to the things around them and not being able to appreciate them. People get used to the luxuries that they might have and tend to ignore the harsh truths that exist in the world. I feel that DeLappe recognized people’s detachment to these truths, such as soldiers dying in war, and tried to reach out to them in a new way through his work. Similarly, I’m also fond of his dead-in-iraq project. He emphasized the sacrifices that others had to make and came up with a special way to honor them through his virtual art. DeLappe really showed appreciation to the military and their efforts. Furthermore, he inspired people to think beyond the surface and also think of those that fight for us.

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Jose

When the video began, I expected the artist to be like many of the artists that are seen today using physical art such as paintings and sculptures. I was unaware that media could also be a form of art. Weird to think of, as we use media daily. Joseph DeLappe used a very unique style of art to introduce his pieces. This caught my attention because media is basically everywhere today, so its much easier to put pieces of art out. This could also relate to last weeks art discussion video, as it ties back to the concept that art is all around us, and anything could be considered art since everyone has their own interpretation.

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Jose Perez

When the video began, I expected the artist to be like many of the artists that are seen today using physical art such as paintings and sculptures. I was unaware that media could also be a form of art. Weird to think of, as we use media daily. Joseph DeLappe used a very unique style of art to introduce his pieces. This caught my attention because media is basically everywhere today, so its much easier to put pieces of art out. This could also relate to last weeks art discussion video, as it ties back to the concept that art is all around us, and anything could be considered art since everyone has their own interpretation.

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containerlyd

I, as long as others, had no idea of who Joseph DeLappe was prior to watching this video. Looking through the comments, I had thought he was a graphic designer or virtual artist using tools such as the HTC Vive. However, after watching the video and looking up some of his work (via his website), I realize that I was very off. His medium for projecting his art pieces are brilliant in incorporating modern technology into projecting messages to the audience. From the recreation of Gandhi’s salt march in “Salt Satyagraha Online: Gandhi’s March to Dandi in Second Life,” to his controversial “dead-in-iraq,” DeLappe states that he seeks to “develop works that inquisitively engage issues of memory, politics, history, physicality and the virtual.” Which I think is interesting because when one thinks of an artist who seeks to publicize social issues (in politics, historical, et cetera), people usually think of someone like Banksy, who mainly uses graffiti art. One would not think of DeLappe, who uses a more modern medium in video games is mind-boggling.
DeLappe’s dead-in-iraq project is the one that stands out the most to me. As an avid gamer, it was interesting to see that he uses video games and instead of playing, he will type the names of every soldier to serve and die in Iraq. Despite the negative feedback he may have received, it was also relieving to hear that he had gotten positive feedback as well. For example, when Professor Zucman had mentioned that some people have actually stopped to think about what he was doing and to collect their thoughts, I had felt that the community can also be accepting. As someone who plays in, notably, one of the most toxic gaming communities, I stopped to think of how the League community would react. I think that most people would react in the same negative way saying things like, “this is just a game,” “stop ruining the fun,” and then mute his champion. The amount of dedication he has put into this project goes beyond compare.

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curlyhairboy

Having researched more about Joseph DeLappe I grew an appreciation for his art. He’s original, creative, and uses his art to communicate the bigger picture to his audience. It’s thought provoking and eye opening. Since I play video games I have learned to appreciate it more for it’s portrayal of art. Even a shooting game such as dead-in-Iraq portrays an underlying message of the audience and how they go about playing. People are oblivious to their own behavior and believe that they aren’t as similar to other people, but when it comes down to it we’re all people and we share the same behavior. It’s quite sad that we aren’t aware enough to realize people are dying and that we as people can do so much to make change. I would agree I take for granted too often about the people who fight for a good cause.

Darryl Nguyen
Section 3 – 2:30 PM

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amybecerraart

While watching the video, I was originally very intrigued by how Joseph DeLappe tried to create an art performance within a game. After watching the discussion video, I went on to do my own research and explored DeLappe’s official website (www.delappe.net), looking into almost every art piece he uploaded information about. It’s an understatement to say I got a little worked up. I had a very negative reaction to DeLappe’s work and for some reason got a little agitated. His art simply did not make any sense to me. His art had a very wide range that contained a computer mouse with hair glued to it, a virtual avatar that resembled Ghandi, a printout of the computer activity he recorded while doing his taxes, drawings of his avatars, and a reenactment of an episode of the TV show, Friends, in an online game. My reaction to his work was that it was incredibly arbitrary and random. I felt like he was specifically trying to be random to get more attention. I got this idea because I simply didn’t understand how curly, sparse hair glued to an outdated computer mouse could symbolize anything. To me, it was almost like he was trying to be so different, that the work lost having any purpose or meaning at all. I even began to question if he could really be considered an artist. This made me really stop to think because I remembered how we discussed what art was in the previous week and what could be considered art. I agree that there is no specific definition to what art is, but this was really pushing it for me. This led me to think of a few questions. When does art lose it’s meaning? Is trying to create art that’s different bad? Who decides what art is? Although my experience with DeLappe’s art wasn’t positive, it did make me question things about art as a whole. I tried not to condemn DeLappe as not being an artist because I know I don’t have the ability to say what is art and what isn’t because I don’t know his own personal emotions with it. In conclusion, I am not a fan of DeLappe’s work, although he did have me questioning the very concepts art is founded upon, a potentially positive thing.

Amy Becerra

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linruiwen

Ruiwen Lin

Hi Amy,
I agreed with you that I think Joseph DePappe makes his artwork very arbitrary and random, but his artwork still attract people. And I think he is also good at using different pattern of expressions, such as sculptures, a game, photos, and etc. His artwork make people think more about the expression form arts and think more deeply about this world. Your questions after viewing his artwork are actually very interesting, and you are right that no one can give arts a definition, and no one can say art is bad or good, or is the artwork that have been created meaning? Arts make people think more about themselves and the connection with other people and this world.

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Jamie Van

I think Joseph DeLappe presents a unique sense of character to his work. He explored a new realm of art in electronics and digital worlds. Not only was he able to bring a new means of artistic expression into light with his virtual world but he also was able to bring about some new thoughts into people’s minds. I admire the dedication that he put into his work and it really took me aback when I did some research and found out that he used a specially made bicycle to make a 460 mile long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range to contribute to the creation of a solar farm just several years ago. The amount of effort put into his work builds character and really does inspire one. As he had begun a series of protests, reenactments of grand icons, and interventions, he was able to reach out to people on a different level and highlighted the problems in the world that people commonly overlook on a daily basis. When people play games that involve violence and reward killings within a digital establishment, they generally do not think about the influences that revolve around the game and inspired it. They do not think about how real soldiers are fighting in the world and how violent and harsh some realities are for some people in the world. Through the dedication put into his work, DeLappe pushed popular imagination and made people reconsider the way they think.

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Ana Gomez
As I began watching the video, I thought to myself “oh, an artist” and immediately thought of someone who paints on a canvas or does drawings of some sort. As I looked more in depth about Joseph DeLappe, I found that he’s a Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada, and he takes great part in the Digital Media program. His art greatly revolves around media and games, but I love how he incorporates real life individuals in the game. Many found it highly offensive but I thought it was great since it recognizes many great people. His work is very unique; on his website (www.delappe.net), it showcases many great pieces of art he has created. I really enjoyed his Gold Gandhi, and the Paper Soldier, they were one of my favorites. However I realized that many of his pieces were very bleak and not sure what they were depicting.

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Dabidlai

Honestly, I am really surprised that Joseph DeLappe managed to grab a hold of the real world’s attention so vividly with his piece “Dead-In-Iraq”, a video game. . By protesting military action and honoring fallen soldiers through their full name, age, the branch they participated in, and the death dates. I see it as very admirable that Delappe created this game in order to honor fallen soldiers who have put their lives on the line- hanging on the brink of life for the country. Researching on Delappe’s mission showed me that ordinary people like myself should be able to unearth a sense of appreciation for the people who continually devote their energy to better the environment of those around them. By being able to develop this online platform of communication and essentially art, the media is able to witness a unique perspective to derive a message from. As Delappe’s work has been said to have been mentioned in the New York Times, it is apparent that he has probably spread his views and art beyond greater heights than before.

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beansartblog

Joseph DeLappe really sparked my interest on how he approached the virtual gaming community. Who would have thought that art can even apply to online gaming? This definitely affected me due to the fact that war games, such as the one he did his “Dead-in-Iraq” project kind of opens a new perspective, specially if you’re a gamer. Personally I love playing war games, I only saw these games for getting kill streaks and winning, but never did the thought of honoring soldiers in war crossed my mind. His project read the soldiers who died in war, not many gamers are a fan of this idea due to the fact that it kind of kills the mood of the game, but after researching the purpose behind this project, It made me think how many people don’t really appreciate what our soldiers do to protect our country. Other than this project, I loved DeLappe’s 460 mile bicycle project to show that solar panels can make a difference in our country

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linruiwen

Ruiwen Lin (Sec. 03 – 2:30pm)

Honestly, I never did a research of any artists or any artwork deeply before, but I checked out Joseph DeLappe’s background and browsed his works for this week’s discussion. After doing that, I feel that arts can make people think about things a lot because the works of art are not expressed exactly by words, and they can motivate different people to think about the artwork by different ways, like Shakespeare said “There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes.”. Joseph Delappe also uses different pattern of expression, such as a game, a video, and sculptures, to show what he wants to express to audiences. I think he is very brave and creative on doing arts. The Mouse Mandala, which was made by weaving used and broken computer mice, in my opinion, it shows people really relay on industrial revolution in today’ U.S., and it is still a ongoing project. And the Liberty Weeps, I think it states the liberty and freedom by simply built a sculpture by hardboard. In a word, Joseph Delappe expresses his thoughts very openly and creatively.

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erikaperezz

Joseph DeLappe’s work has opened my eyes to how far art ranges. It is incredibly clever of him to use new media and game media as an outlet to express himself. It definitely presents a new and innovative take on reaching an audience, considering how intertwined humankind is with it all. For instance, DeLappe utilized an army recruiting game to display the names of actual fallen soldiers, in which he called it his “Dead in Iraq” project. This project not only served as a memorial for the soldiers, but also gave a sense of awareness to those who play these types of violent games as well as to those oblivious to how many lives are lost at war. It is not the most orthodox way of going about things, but it fulfills a powerful impact in an inspiring form and that is to be looked up upon.
-Erika Perez

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Jillian Ayala

Joseph Delappe is an interesting artist because his art isn’t just painting and sculptures. In his piece “dead-in-iraq”, he entered the virtual gaming world and recognized those who have died fighting for our country in iraq. I thought it was quite clever for him to do it in a game that was about wars and fighting. He was able to mention their name, age, and date of death of every soldier. It was a way of remembering them/honoring what they have done for the American people. Although it annoyed those playing the game, he still kept doing it. I can see where the gamers come from, because they all come to play the game, not be bothered with names, ages, and date of death of people they don’t even know. Others may even feel uncomfortable for them to see that. But I think that’s a real life depiction of how some people view those fighting in our wars: grateful but yet unbothered by those who have died. I think it was great how Delappe incorporated technology in to his art piece as it seems more modern or “up to date” with people/millenials. It stands out from other art pieces and is something I wouldn’t forget because it’s so different.

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Giancarlo Vento

Joseph Delappe is a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Arts department. He is specifically a professor of digital media who has worked in online gaming, sculpture, and electromechanics. I like how Delappe’s works are meaningful and for a good cause. For example he would go on the online game “America’s Army”, while online he would send messages to other players that contained the names of fallen soldiers in Iraq. He would do this under the screen name “dead in Iraq” which showed he was paying homage to those who died defending our country. With this work he was able to show how many people view soldiers, as many of the players he messaged were not receptive toward his message. This somewhat disappointed me because of how the other players reacted; It showed that many people do not put much thought into those who defend our country and if they do they view the soldiers as robots more so than actual people. It’s really awesome to see Delappe using his art as a memorial for those soldiers who have been forgotten about on a platform where the act of war is exploited for profit.

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