Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Robbie Cooper

Immersion an exibition held at the National Media Museum, exploring the relationship between humans and technology in todays socioty mainly focusing on gaming and film.

The exhibition was set out in four sections which i felt worked you entered the room you were greated by an interactive wall of postet notes asking members of the public to estimate how long they spend in font of 'the screen' i could mainly see that people spent alot of there day in some form infront of a screen be it facebook or Xbox

"People are immersed in screen media for longer periods and with more intensity than ever before. From children watching television to people living out second lives through online virtual worlds, Robbie Cooper’s imagery captures the many ways in which people choose to disengage from everyday life. "

The first set of photographs were boards split in two a photograph of a gamer and then there avatar; a few had some caractaristics of the gamers, but i noticed they would be thinner or stronger others would bare no resemblance. This got me thinking about avators ive made though i wouldnt call myself a gamer i am enjoying playing WOW atm, i enjoy the fantasy land and mytical creatures - but i bare no resemblence to my avatar as she is a blonde elf

"simulation threatens the diffrence between 'true' and 'false' and between 'real' and 'imagery - Jean Baudrillard, 1983'

"Alter Ego is a series of portraits that places players of online worlds alongside their virtual identities.

Inspired by meeting a man who conversed with his children through a computer game, Robbie Cooper spent the next three years travelling to America, Asia and Europe meeting gamers and recording their experiences of virtual worlds. Collectively, Cooper's images provide a valuable insight into a phenomenon that is shaping the future of human interaction. "

The next section is a film, which i loved. the artist had invited people of all aged to watch or play a game he then recorded there faces through a hidden camera - though they knew they were been filmed as i heard one boy say " i bet i look a fool on camera"
its intreasting to watch people facial reactions to diffrent films and games, from horror to childrens programes... i think the experiment worked best of toddlers as they didnt seem to be aware that they could be been watched.

there was photographic stills of the film to support, framing certian reactions some made me feel uncomftible and other made me laugh.

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