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2/9 New media and the Digital Political

Posted by novoscene on February 9, 2009

Screenshot from Dead In Iraq

It’s a question every socially aware artist and creative activist begins asking as soon as they create their 1st hand drawn protest sign-can artistic intervention really ignite significant social and political change?  The newest twist on the old question targets New Media-performances and works that live primarily online and depend heavily on new and emerging media technologies.  Artistic video games, viral videos, experimental blogs and websites-does this stuff actually make a difference?

That’s the question new media artist and professor Joseph DeLappe has been asking himself for the last 25 years.  In 2001 DeLappe created the controversial “dead-in-iraq”, video game as a direct opposition to a pro Iraq game used by the US military as a recruiting tool.  Taking on the Army with a video game controller?  That’s pretty hardcore.

Tonight DeLapp discusses his recent projects, the changing face of the arts world and pontificates on how to make effective, socially consious art in the virtual world.-Kwan

Joseph DeLappe-You’ll Never Walk Alone: Protest, Memory and Reenactment
University of California Berkeley
160 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley

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