VIOLENCE, VIDEO GAMES AND CHILDHOOD
Children play, and take delight in repeating their games over and over again.
They play at soldiers, with or without props. Speech and gestures are all that are required: two pointed fingers and a “Bang, you’re dead!”
Children will never tire of playing at killing or being killed, an outlet for the violence that exists within and around them.
In the digital age, video games have spread to wider audiences, be it children, teenagers or adults.
This surge of images, with game controller in hand, opens up a whole new dimension to gaming, bringing the player’s body into the frame and into conflict with a new adversary: the machine.
In a world where war is ever present, what does it mean to the player, who faces ever more realistic images in which violence is flashed and paraded before their eyes?
Can this impact on the way we perceive the world? Or does it have more to do with our own stance as an individual?
Is this a factor considered by video game designers, and how? What do they base their decisions on when designing new games?
What might a psychoanalyst have to say, and what stance do they take, on the new stakes at play in today’s gaming?
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THE ARAB SPRING AND ARAB REVOLUTIONS
The Arab Spring and ensuing conflicts place imagery at the centre of a new kind of warfare. The profusion of images and the raw, instantaneous nature of their dissemination through the new channels of social media raise questions about our actions as spectators. At the same time, fiction and documentary offer a structured, artistic perspective on these on-going wars.
Be they Tunisian, Syrian or Egyptian, directors from the countries that have experienced this profound shake-up are first and foremost citizens and witnesses, using their art form as a means to take stock of and question the present.
Filmmakers and reporters give evidence of what is at stake and of the use of images in today’s wars.
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SAVE CINE GUIMBI!
Bobo-dioulasso is the second largest city and the cultural capital of Burkina Faso, star country of the African and Pan-African cinema, located in West Africa. In spite of that, Bobo-dioulasso doesn't have movie theaters in a functionning state anymore.
To fight against this fatality that touches many countries throughout the world, the Association of support of the Cinema in Burkina Faso launched a project of rescue and restoration of the mythical Ciné Guimbi.