In a four-part series recently donated to Berlin’s National Gallery, German experimental filmmaker Harun Farocki attacks an ever-growing question as to the correlation between violence in media and its manifestation in the real world. Video games especially have been blamed for countless school shootings and violent outbursts. What kind of meaningful impact do video images have on our development as a society, and how can we be sure about their influence? Projections of video games with American soldiers give insight.
Originally published in issue #129, July-August 2014.