Immersion
Serious Games III: Immersion
director, scriptwriter: Harun Farocki research: Matthias
Rajmann editor: Harun Farocki Max Reimann cinemato-
grapher: 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
2 videos, color, sound, 20 min. (loop)
 
 
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.