Killbox: a game about drone warfare

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Killbox is an interactive installation and downloadable computer game that critically explores the nature of drone warfare, its complexities and consequences. It is an experience that explores the use of technology to transform and extend political and military power, and the abstraction of killing through virtualisation.

Killbox involves audiences in a fictionalized interactive experience in a virtual environments based on documented drones strikes in Northern Waziristan, Pakistan. The work is an international collaboration between U.S. based artist/activist, Joseph DeLappe and the Biome Collective, including artists and game developers, Malath Abbas, Tom Demajo and Albert Elwin.

Killbox was funded by the following organizations: New Radio and Performing Arts, NYC, USA,Creative Scotland, Edinburgh, SCO,The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, ENG, and The Cutting Room, Nottingham, ENGNEoN Digital Arts, Dundee, SCO. 
In 2016 Killbox was nominated as "Best Computer Game" for a Scottish BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).

Killbox has been shown at numerous festivals and exhibitions in the UK and internationally, the following is a partial list:
2018 Killbox, Scottish Design Galleries, V&A Dundee, Scotland A Well-Played Game, Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland.
2017 Watch the Skies - Joseph DeLappe – solo exhibition, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA, Karachi Art Summit, Commune Artist Colony, Karachi, Pakistan.
2016 Politics and Videogames, Goethe Institute and ZKM, Munich-Germany, travelling to 30 cities worldwide KillBox, Amaze Festival Pop-up, Plan B Conference, Kharkov, Ukraine
Kill Box, PlayExpo, Manchester, UK, Kill Box, Amaze Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Kill Box, Cube Gallery, The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester, UK
, Kill Box, E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
, Kill Box, NEoN Digital Art Festival, Dundee, Scotland, UK, Kill Box, Bit Bash Festival, Chicago, IL, Kill Box, Amaze Festival, 5th International Games and Playful Media Festival, Durban, South Africa, Kill Box, IndieCade, University of Southern California, CA.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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