Joseph DeLappe is an Associate Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he runs the Digital Media area. He is currently a 2008 Commissioned Artist at Eyebeam in New York City. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance, electromechanical installation and real-time web-based video transmission have been shown throughout the United States and abroad. In 2006 he enacted a project dead-in-iraq, to type consecutively, all names of America’s military casualties from the war in Iraq into the America’s Army FPS online recruiting game. His work was recently featured in the exhibition Gameworld at the Laboral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial in Gijon, Spain and published in the recently released books, "Gamescenes: Art in the Age of Videogames", publisher Johan & Levi and "Videogames and Art", publisher Intellect Books. A native of San Francisco, he lives in Reno with his spouse and twin daughters.
This blog is a journal and document regarding the online and treadmill powered reenactment of Mahatma Gandhi’s “Salt March to Dandi” in Second Life from March 12th through April 6th, 2008 and the works that have been created since the completion of the walk. I used this blog throughout the reenactment to document my progress and experiences as the project evolved over the 26 days of “walking” throughout Second Life. The reenactment took place online in Second Life and on location at Eyebeam in New York City where I set up with my customized treadmill for the 26 days of the 240 mile march.
After the reenactment I created a number of works inspired by the online performance, including the 17' tall papercraft cardboard Gandhi who was shown at Eyebeam in June of 2008. A second cardboard Gandhi has been created and is currently on display in China as part of the Third Guangzhou Triennial - Farewell to Post-Colonialism.
Information and documentation of all aspects of the Gandhi reenactment work is available on this blog. Please also visit my website for images, texts and videos of this and other works: http://www.delappe.net