Joseph DeLappe

Abertay University, School of Art, Media and Games

Joseph DeLappe

Abertay University, School of Art, Media and Games

Biography

Joseph DeLappe is a Professor of Games and Tactical Media in the School of Arts, Media and Games at Abertay University. 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‐including exhibitions and performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. In 2006 he began the project dead-in-iraq , to type consecutively, all names of America’s military casualties from the war in Iraq into the America’s Army first person shooter online recruiting game. He also directs theiraqimemorial.org project, an archive and web based exhibition and open call for proposed memorials to the many thousand of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. More recently with collaborators the Biome Collective, to develop the game “Killbox” with collaborators in Scotland, a interactive installation and online shooter that explores the complexities and contradictions of drone warfare. 

He has lectured throughout the world regarding his work, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, CBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and on The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio. His works have been featured in the New York Times, The Australian Morning Herald, Artweek, Art in American and in the 2010 book from Routledge entitled Joystick Soldiers The Politics of Play in Military Video Game. He has authored two book chapters, including “The Gandhi Complex: The Mahatma in Second Life.” Net Works: Case Studies in Web Art and Design, (New York, Routledge 2011) and “Playing Politics: Machinima as Live Performance and Document”, Understanding Machinima Essays on Filmmaking in Virtual Worlds, (London, UK, Continuum 2012). In 2016 “Killbox” was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award.