Joseph DeLappe: In Drones We trust! (2014-)

Participatory intervention
Artefact: series of 3 rubber stamps

The group intervention In Drones We Trust! is an on-going project, which started in 2014 in the USA and Europe. With a minimal intervention on banknotes is inviting visitors to print political motives onto their money, choosing from three different motifs. ‘In Drones We Trust’ is a stamp of MQ1 Predator Drone. The drone was firstly fitted with cameras and later upgraded with firearms. The remotely piloted aircraft was used in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Siria, Libia, Somalia, Jemen, Iraq, Serbia and Bosnia. ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ was inspired by the image of raised hands, which is seen in demonstrations and uprisings against different forms of police violence against Afro-American men. ‘Sea Level Rising’ is with its sea motif warning about climate change and the rise of the sea level.

Joseph DeLappe has been working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance, sculpture and electromechanical installation have been shown widely throughout the United States and abroad. In 2006 he began the 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. More recently he developed the concept behind “Killbox”, an BAFTA-nominated interactive computer game about drone warfare created with the Biome Collective in Scotland.



Joseph DeLappe webpage

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MoTA is a museum without a permanent collection or a fixed space. Instead, its programs are realised in different locations and contexts in temporary physical and virtual spaces.

MoTA organizes and supports transitory art in the form of continuous events, exhibitions and educational programs both locally and internationally. As its name indicates, MoTA examines what a museum can be today and in the future.

MoTA is in constant search for the new, the uncertain, and the undefined.

MoTA works on several continuous programmes & projects. We run MoTA Point – a Space for Art & Ideas, we curate and produce the annual SONICA Festival, in addition to regular music programmes such as SONICA Series and SONICA Classics.

Within the years of running our residency programme, we’ve established T.R.I.B.E. – a network of residency spaces in the Balkans & Eastern Europe.

We’ve also initiated the research and archive platforms and Mediateque MoTA & Tomaž Brate. Our educational programmes serve a broader audience with ongoing workshops, talks, symposia, and internships.