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Lunchtime Talk: How Tech Can Enhance The Storytelling Experience

How Tech Can Enhance The Storytelling Experience

Lunchtime Talks at the Pervasive Media Studio


Please note: This event took place in Jan 2015

Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.

In this talk digital media artist and filmmaker Karen Palmer will be exploring how combining Art, Tech and Gamification can focus and train the mind and ultimately empower the user.

Karen is the creator of SYNCSELF 2, a Transmedia Parkour Neurogame, an immersive storytelling experience in which the obstacles that freerunners face within a film are determined by the user's mental focus.

SYNCSELF 2 uses EEG solution digitised analog electrical brainwaves to power the use-interface of the film. As EEG biosensors translates brain activity into action, simulating the focus that a free runner experiences to be present in the moment.

Karen will be showing a demo of the experience and exploring how media and entertainment can be used to tune in and switch on instead of switching off, by creating an immersive storytelling experience. She will discuss the development process for the project and how the Storytelling defined the Technology and user experience.

Karen Palmer’s fusion of Art, Tech and Wellbeing has received exposure on an international platform. This year she exhibited SYNCSELF 2 at the V&A - Digital Design Weekend. Karen recently presented at Conducttr Conference and previously at Ogilvy Transmedia Conference. She was also a Speaker at the International WOW Talks at The Apple Store Regent Street - In conjunction with The London Design Festival. In 2015 she will be a Keynote speaker at DiGRA 2015 Germany and will be showcasing her work at Sheffield interactive 2015, but first she is coming to Bristol to talk to us!

The Pervasive Media Studio is located within the Watershed building. Let us know if you'd like a tour and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to