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RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE

HARUN FAROCKI: SERIOUS GAMES I–IV
September 17 – December 7, 2014
Curated by Dr. Gaëlle Morel
University Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

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Harun Farocki: Serious Games I–IV (2009–10) explores the use of virtual reality and gaming technology in U.S. military recruitment, training and after-action therapy, revealing fundamental links between technology and violence in a time of war. Young recruits engage in simulated combat training, which barely differs from video games produced as entertainment. Footage is included from a workshop demonstrating the use of computer re-enactments in the psychological care of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. As a large-scale installation, Serious Games critically focuses on the role of audiovisual culture in the spectacle of war.

Since the late 1960s, Harun Farocki has created subversive films and videos integrating his own material with footage appropriated from diverse sources, including mass media, security cameras and political propaganda. His critically-lauded essay films, which often address war and technology, examine the production and perception of moving images and their fundamental impact on society.


With support from the Goethe-Institut Toronto

 

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Related events:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6 pm

RIC Founding Director and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Doina Popescu, will lead an exhibition tour of Harun Farocki: Serious Games I-IV.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:30pm
Public Talk
Antje Ehmann and Detlef Gericke-Schönhagen
Great Hall, Ryerson Image Centre
Join Ehmann and Gericke-Schönhagen for a talk on the the making-of “Labour in a Single Shot” (2013–14), a project by Antje Ehmann and Harun Farocki. Please arrive early to ensure seating. This event is made possible with support from the Goethe-Institut, Toronto. To stream the lecture, follow this link: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/48/Watch/8269.aspx

For a complete listing of events and lectures, please click here.


HARUN FAROCKI: SERIOUS GAMES I–IV

Image caption: Harun Farocki, Serious Games II, Three Dead (cropped), 2010 © Harun Farocki. Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.

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