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Artist-in-Residence: Joseph Delappe, MFA

drone poster

University of Nevada, Reno
Residency: March 16-29, 2014

Artist Talk: Friday, March 28 at 4:00 pm, Peters Building 191
Reception to follow

The Drone Project: A Participatory Memorial is a life-size, monumental sculpture of an Unmanned Air Vehicle (Drone) that will be hand-constructed on campus by artist Joseph DeLappe. This installation is a collaborative process involving students and local community volunteers. Upon completion of the sculpture, the names of civilian casualties will be read aloud and inscribed on the sculpture in a public act of remembrance. 

Joseph DeLappe, MFA is a New Media artist and Professor of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno where he directs the Digital Media program. He has worked with electronic and new media since 1983; and his work in online gaming performance, sculpture, and electro-mechanical installation have been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. His exhibitions and performances have been seen 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 U.S. military casualties from the war in Iraq into the United States Army's first person shooter online recruiting game. He also directs the iraqimemorial.org project, an ongoing web based exhibition and open call for proposed memorials to the many thousand of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. In 2013, DeLappe 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.

Joseph Delappe's work is currently on display at the Fresno Art Museum co-sponsored by CCA. The exhibition dates are January 24 to April 27.

Volunteers: We want you! 

Joseph Delappe will be in residence for two weeks in March and we need volunteers to help complete his sculpture. This is a chance to be part of a community art project, earn volunteer hours and gain exposure to the art and technology world. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Dr. Adán Avalos: TheDroneProject2014@gmail.com