Serious Games III: Immersion
(DE 2009, 20 min)
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.
Harun Farocki― Kunstenaar
January 9, 1944 born in Nový Jicin (Neutitschein), born in Nový Jicin (Neutitschein), at that time Sudetengau, today Czech Republic. 1966 – 1968 Admission to the just opened Berlin Film Adacemy, DFFB. 1966 Marriage with Ursula Lefkes. 1968 Birth of the daughters Annabel Lee and Larissa Lu. 1974 –1984 Author and editor of the magazine Filmkritik , Munich. 1998 – 1999Speaking about Godard / Von Godard sprechen, New York / Berlin. (Together with Kaja Silverman). 1993– 1999 Visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. 2001 Marriage with Antje Ehmann. Since 1966 more than 100 productions for Television or Cinema: Children's TV, Documentary Films, Essay Films, Story Films. Since 1996 various solo- and group exhibitions in Museums and Galleries. 2007 with Deep Play participation at documenta 12. Since 2004 Visiting Professor, 2006 - 2011 full Professorship at the Academy of Art, Vienna. 2011 – 2014 longterm project Labour in a Single Shot, together with Antje Ehmann. July 30, 2014 died near Berlin.