Mission Statement: The purpose of this project is to honor and commemorate the deaths of thousands of civilians killed since the commencement of the war in Iraq on March 19, 2003; establish an Internet archive as a living memorial that will serve as a repository of memorial concepts; mobilize an international community of artists to contribute proposals that will represent a collective expression of memory, unity and peace; encourage the vigilance of contemporary memory in a time of war; stimulate an understanding of the consequences and costs of “the war on terror”; support the moral imperative of recognizing the deaths of Iraqi civilians; and create a context for the initiation of a process of symbolic, creative atonement.
Joseph DeLappe is an artist, educator and researcher at the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he runs the Digital Media area. 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 2004 he re-enacted all three nationally televised Presidential Debates between John Kerry and George Bush in online games - Battlefield Vietnam, Star Wars Jedi Knight Outcast and Sims Online, respectively. In 2006 he began a work-in-progress 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. Website http://www.delappe.net