Hands Up Don’t Shoot! 2014 Crowd Sourced, Participatory Rubber Stamp Currency Intervention – Joseph DeLappe


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Launched December 8th, 2014, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!” is a creative response to the ongoing killings of unarmed black males by the police.


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Caption: Hands Up Don’t Shoot! Berkeley, CA 12/5/14

The work is a crowd-sourced effort to enlist volunteers to stamp the image of a black male in a position of surrender upon the surface of American currency.

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Caption: Hands Up Don’t Shoot!, San Francisco, CA 12/8/14

This participatory project seeks to intervene upon the very currency of our economic system with an iconic, hand stamped image of protest.

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CAPTION: Hands Up Don’t Shoot! Location Unknown, 12/21/14

DeLappe is currently in the process of mailing out “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!” stamps to volunteer participants throughout the United States.

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CAPTION: Hands Up Don’t Shoot! San Francisco CA 12/10/14

To participate: handsupsdontshoot.tumblr.com/participate. $1 from each stamp order will be donated to a worthy charity addressing issues of social and racial justice.

Just over 75 stamps have been distributed. “Hands Up Don’t Shoot!” is the second in a series of rubber stamp currency intervention projects.

The first, entitled, “In Drones We Trust” invites participating volunteers to stamp a tiny image of a Predator Drone over the skies of the buildings on the backs of US currency as a subtle intervention and protest of drone warfare.

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Caption: In Drones We Trust, Philadelphia PA 12/27/14

Project Websites:

“Hands Up Don’t Shoot!”: handsupsdontshoot.tumblr.com
“In Drones We Trust”: indroneswetrust.tumblr.com/

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, sculpture 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 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. 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. More recently, in 2013, he rode a specially equipped bicycle to draw a 460 mile long chalk line around the Nellis Air Force Range to surround an area that would be large enough to create a solar farm that could power the entire United States. For more see: delappe.net