The Story Teller From The Future
Karen Palmer is the Storyteller from the Future. An Award Winning International Artist and TED Speaker. She creates immersive film experiences that watch you back using Artificial Intelligence and Facial Recognition, which make you conscious of you subconscious behaviour. Incorporating Neuroscience, Behavioural Psychology and the Parkour philosophy of moving through fear.
As an international speaker, she highlights the impact of technology from a social justice perspective and the necessity to Democratise AI. The Future of Storytelling as a return to the role of mythology as a form of rights of passage through utilising Art & Tech to influence Cognitive Behaviour and reprogram our subconscious.
Her recent commission by the BFI set for release in early 2023 is Consensus Gentium an emotionally responsive film designed to be experienced on a mobile devise, tapping into the intimacy and authenticity of your smartphone features and world to create a uniquely realistic experience. Set in a near future of an increased surveillance State and bias AI.
Consensus Gentium enables you to experience potential surveillance technologies today.
Karen has been described as a Thought Leader in the realms of Immersive Storytelling, Futurism and Tech and featured in innumerable interviews and events. Ranging from The Future of Storytelling Festival NYC to The Big Think. She has been opening Keynote speaker at AT&T Shape Conference, L.A, Wired for Wonder Festival Australia, Sydney & Melbourne, MIT and TEDx Australia Speaker at the Sydney Opera House.
Delivered keynotes and workshops to corporate clients and Leadership Summits including Microsoft Seattle, Vertex Berlin, ThoughtWorks Toronto and Google Cultural Institute in Paris. International Film and Storytelling events at the Netherlands Film Festival to the Future of Storytelling in NYC. Worked closely with prestigious organisations such as the British Councils in Canada, Western Balkans, South Africa and Peru. Invited to speak at ZKM Living Amongst Intelligent Machines AI Conference in Germany. IFA+Summit Innovative Summit Berlin, Silbersalz Festival, was keynote speaker, Future, Science & Media Festival, Halle Germany, Strategic Storytelling Seminar NYC Lincoln Centre. CPH: DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival under the theme, Art, Technology & Change to name a few.
There have been numerous articles on her work published in Wired Magazine, Forbes, PC Mag, CBS TV , Fast Company , Engadget, The Guardian “ It leapfrogs over VR”…
She has exhibited at The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum NYC, the V&A London, PHI Centre Montreal, Sensory Stories Exhibition, Armoury Arts Week NYC, Museum of Modern Art Peru, and Sheffield International Doc Festival etc.
Her installation RIOT has been acknowledged as one of the Digital Dozen Awards for breakthroughs in storytelling. RIOT is an emotionally responsive, film, which uses facial recognition and A.I. technology to navigate through a dangerous riot. RIOT makes the player aware of their subconscious behaviour and enables them to consciously build new neurological pathways in their brain, to override automatic behaviour responses and create new ones.
2020 she received Honorary Mention for the STARTS Prize ARS Electronica for Perception iO, the future of law enforcement. This is an A.I. Law enforcement training simulation which will watch you back. Perception iO will enable participants to experience how easily human bias can be intergraded into networks by humans and therefore understand the necessity for Transparency and Regulation in AI.
As part of the R&D for this project, Karen Palmer has developed a series of Hack the Future Labs at the intersection of Art, Film, Neuroscience, Technology, Activism, Social Justice, Spirituality and the Parkour Philosophy of moving through fear, creating interdisciplinary conversation and discussions to enable tangible impact in the rapidly changing society which we find ourselves in order to create story worlds that are more science and social fact than fiction.