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

Claudia Pederson ccp9 at cornell.edu
Sun Mar 10 08:39:59 EST 2013

On Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 4:21 PM, Claudia Pederson <ccp9 at cornell.edu> wrote:

> Thank you Soraya for speaking about your experiences teaching your course
> on videogames. Yes, I do remember the Grand Theft Auto controversy then. I
> played for a bit and then got bored of wondering around in the city. It is
> interesting that you mention the relationship between games and production,
> I think that Games of Empire tried to grapple with that question though in
> the end the focus was not at all on intervention and on the role of artists
> in this process. Frankly I found it a bit alarmist given that those same
> forces also provided ways for contestation, if even unknowingly. I am
> interested in that dynamic in interest of expanding the idea that art and
> production reflect similar conditions.

> As an aside, a few years ago, I tried to inquire 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. How does this work at UC Santa Cruz? is there
> any relationship between production classes and your own? what kind of
> students are interested in taking your course?
> 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 the gaming 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>
>> URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
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