DeLappe, Joseph

Born 1963, USA
Lives in Reno, Nevada


This ongoing memorial takes the form of an intervention in “America’s Army,” the online first-person-shooter video game used by the U.S. Army to recruit new soldiers. DeLappe logged into the game with the user name “dead-in-iraq” and proceeded to use the game’s text messaging system to type the names, ages, divisions, and dates of death of all recently deceased U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Then he waited to be shot by other players, died, and began the process again (after being “reincarnated”). Dead-in-Iraq is a provocative co-opting of the tools of digital culture in order to engage with the political issues raised in an era of high technology propaganda and war.

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Dead-in-Iraq 2006, ongoing