Screenscapes (2020).

Screenscapes is a photobook comprised of screenshots taken by Phil Kikawa over a period of years. The screenshots are of a heavily modded video game, Skyrim. They celebrate the slow video gaming: playing not to achieve or compete, but to genuinely be in a new virtual realm.

An excerpt from the introduction:

“...As the real world itself is continually gamified (in the workplace and at school) it is not far fetched to suggest that the game space is encroaching on real space. It may be that the slow mode of being in a video game yields lessons on how to be in the real world: gentle, observant, and welcoming of the landscape. This photo series, Screenscapes, offers itself as a user manual for this endeavor.”

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