It's easy for teachers to feel like their students are far too distracted by the many glowing screens that light up their lives. Robbie Cooper, a photographer and video artist, explores the impact of these information screens in his new "Immersion" project. It offers a fascinating look directly into the faces of British and American kids playing video games (with varying levels of violence) – including Halo 3, Call of Duty, GTA 4, Tekken and Star Wars Battlefront. Cooper uses a system that stations a high resolution video camera right behind the projected game screen.
It's painful to look into the faces of students so caught up in the (sometimes) violent world of video games. I wonder if the students are attracted to the violence or the fact that video games create environments that provide them with an engaging mix of interaction, feedback, and information control? View more project still images here.
He has edited some of his material into this short video.