[-empyre-] Week 2 on empyre: Soraya Murray and Joseph DeLappe

Claudia Pederson ccp9 at cornell.edu
Sun Mar 10 08:21:40 EST 2013

Moving on to pedagogical matters, I would love for Soraya to speak about
her experiences teaching her course on videogames. A few years ago, I tried
to inquiry about the possibility of beginning a library of videogames at
Cornell which turned out to be a bit of a project as I was informed, given
that there are no models as to using the medium in academia, expect for
dedicated production classes. I know that some professors opt for teaching
the literature leaving game play to the prerogative of students.

Also, I know that Joseph was part of a documentary effort "Returning Fire"
(2011), which I showed to a class with great success. (
http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=152). Perhaps
Joseph you could speak about this experience in so far as it suggests that
your interventions are constructed to focus attention to the gaming world
in a broad context, just as your work with the Yesmen? I know that your
work draws on conceptual art, how do these projects fit in?

On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM, Renate Ferro <rtf9 at cornell.edu> wrote:

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> Thanks to all who participated in Week one in March.  Claudia and I
> would like to introduce the second week of guests.  we look forward to
> hearing from Soraya Murray who is friend from Cornell who currently
> teaches at Santa Cruz and Joseph DeLappe who has been a former guest
> on empyre.  Looking forward to it.
> Soraya Murray
> Soraya Murray holds a Ph.D. in art history from Cornell University. An
> Assistant Professor in Film and Digital Media at the University of
> California, Santa Cruz, she is also faculty in the Digital Arts and
> New Media MFA Program. Murray is an interdisciplinary scholar who
> focuses on contemporary visual culture, with particular interest in
> new media, cultural studies and globalization in the arts.  Her
> writings have been published in Art Journal, Nka: Journal of
> Contemporary African Art, Public Art Review, Third Text  and PAJ: A
> Journal of Performance and Art. Murray inaugurated a course on UCSC's
> campus entitled "Video Games as Visual Culture" which promotes the
> study of games for their cultural meanings, visual analysis, as well
> as social and theoretical contexts.
> --
> Joseph DeLappe
> Joseph DeLappe is a Professor of the Department of Art at the
> University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program.
> Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online
> gaming performance and electromechanical installation have been shown
> throughout the United States and abroad - including exhibitions and
> performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain,
> Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. In 2006 he began 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 first person
> shooter online recruiting game. 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. He has lectured throughout the world regarding his work,
> including most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
> He has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, CBC, the Australian Broadcasting
> Corporation and on The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio. His
> works have been featured in The New York Times, The Australian Morning
> Herald, Artweek, Art in America and in the 2010 book from Routledge
> entitled Joystick Soldiers The Politics of Play in Military Video
> Game.
> Renate Ferro
> Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
> Cornell University
> Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
> Ithaca, NY  14853
> Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
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