[NetBehaviour] The 1, 000 Drones Project: an interview with Joseph DeLappe

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Feb 10 14:23:06 CET 2014

The 1,000 Drones Project: an interview with Joseph DeLappe.

Marc Garrett interviews Joseph DeLappe about his latest art venture ‘The 
1,000 Drones Project - A Participatory Memorial’. He is considered a 
pioneer of online gaming performance art. His work examines the 
conditions and processes of cultural information to provoke and critique 
the state of military influences on everyday culture and people’s lives.

“On hearing about DeLappe's The 1,000 Drones Project - A Participatory 
Memorial, I was immediately intrigued. I wanted to find out more and 
discuss his approach as well as how he intends to bring to light the 
lives lost by these unmanned Arial predators as an art project, and what 
this would look like.” Garrett.

DeLappe’s work includes the controversial game based, performance and 
intervention, Dead in Iraq 2006-2011. This involved him frequently 
visiting the US Army’s online recruitment game and propaganda tool 
America's Army. Using the login name dead-in-iraq, he methodically typed 
in all of the names of U.S. service personnel killed in Iraq, co-opting 
the Army’s own technology challenging the official figures as a reminder 
to its players of the real consequences of war. 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."


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