Original title Ernste Spiele III: Immersion Director, scriptwriter Harun Farocki Research Matthias Rajmann Editor Harun Farocki, Max Reimann Cinematographer Ingo Kratisch Sound Matthias Rajmann Production Harun Farocki Filmproduction, Berlin with support from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH Co-production Jeu de Paume, Paris, Stuk, Leuven Format video (double projection), color, sound, 20 min. (Loop), Germany 2009
For the video installation Immersion Farocki visited a workshop organised by the Institute for Creative Technologies, a research centre for virtual reality and computer-simulations. One of their projects concerns the development of a therapy for war-veterans suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Farocki is interested in the use of virtual realities and games in the recruting, training and now also therapy for soldiers. Farocki explores the connection between virtual reality and the military – how the fictional scenarios of computer games are used both in the training of U.S. troops prior to their deployment in combat zones, and in psychological care for troops suffering battlefield trauma upon their return.
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