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Karen Palmer is an Award Winning Multi-Disciplinary Immersive Filmmaker. Her digital films fuse storytelling and technology. 2016 the RIOT prototype with Facial Emotional Detection premiered at Festival of The Mind then The Future of Storytelling New York. RIOT received great reviews including the New York Times and extensive articles in NBC and The Guardian respectively.

Karen is a respected international public speaker on New Tech and Storytelling as she shares her vision for the future of Gaming/ Film / Wellbeing and Technology. She has been invited to the Google Cultural Institute in Paris to talk about her work and has been a TEDx Australia Speaker at the Sydney Opera House. Her talk on the future of gaming, film and technology titled “Your Brain is a Remote Control” was a TEDx Australia highlight. She has been a keynote speaker at DiGRA 2015 The World’s Leading Academic Digital Games Conference Germany. Her neurogaming installation SYNCSELF 2 was exhibited at the V&A and The Sheffield International Doc Festival 2015. Commissions include the 2012 London Olympics Cultural Lead and an HBO Award nominations at Filmteractive Festival in Poland.

Exhibitions / Festivals


  • RIOT Demo at The Museum of Modern Art in Lima Peru 2017
  • Exhibit RIOT The Future of Storytelling Festival in New York 2016
  • Exhibit RIOT The Festival of The Mind.2016
  • Invited to present RIOT at IDFA International Documentary Festival
  • Amsterdam Cross Media Forum 2016
  • Exhibit Syncself 2 at Fak’ugesi Festival South Africa within The Market
  • Hack Event and Soweta Pop Up Event.2016
  • Power to the Pixel invited presentation at The Pixel Market-2015
  • SYNCSELF 2 was a key exhibit at the prestigious Sheffield Film Festival 2015 as part of Sheffield Interactive.
  • SYNCSELF 2 was first exhibited at the iconic V&A Museum as part of their distinguished Digital Design Weekend -2014
  • The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea commissioned Syncself 1.
  • This was exhibited as part of the Intransit Festival -2013.
  • Syncself 1 went on to be exhibited at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.
  • Syncself 1 went on to become nominated for an HBO Award at the
  • Filmteractive Festival in Poland 2013.
  • Evolution exhibited at The Tricycle Theatre as part of the Cultural lead up to the Olympics 2012
  • Solo exhibition for The Way interactive film at Westminster reference library gallery . 2011
  • ‘Mental Block’ January 2010 screened as part of the Olympic Torch ceremony in Cananda.
  • July 2009 Screened at Chialma Gallery Miami
  • August 2008 Finalist at Globian Festival Germany. May 2008’ featured on
  • June 2008 Finalist in the Hollywood Black Film Festival Hollywood
  • March 2008 Finalist in the Very Short Film Festival Hollywood March
  • April 2008 Wins Filmmaka Film of the Month Award
  • February 2008 Wins Ice whole Short Film Award judges.
  • January 2008 Short listed for the Jerwood Moving Image Awards.

Press Coverage


  1. In-depth Guardian Article on RIOT and A.I.Technology. “This has Leapfrogged VR”
  2. NBC article on RIOT integrating cutting edge technology.
  3. New York Times Features RIOT as one of the highlights to The Future of Storytelling Festival New York
  4. CNN reviewed RIOT amongst the Future of Storytelling highlights
  5. The Creator’s Project, Article entitled ” We’ve Seen the Future of Storytelling and it’s F@#%ing Awesome”.
  6. Nieman,Interview with Karen Palmer and observations after experience RIOT immersive film… “I realized that the future of virtual-reality storytelling is not in just traveling through exotic or sci-fi locations to forget, but in being present in the reality of today so you could remember. Instead of merely receiving words, audio or visuals, each user is a co-pilot or co-author. We are not just a fly on the wall, but a participant.”
  7. NY Theatre  In-depth article and photomontage of RIOT and Karen Palmer at The Future of Storytelling.
  8. Canadian British Council  Digital Futures features emerging talent at the cutting  edge of Digital Media. The feature SPOTLIGHT, shines a light on Karen Palmer and her practise in this in-depth interview.
  9. Sunday Morning Herald Australia TEDx Article and Parkour Photoshoot. Online frontage article and double page newspaper spread.
  10. Fx Guide Extensive Article on Karen Palmer and her projects. Entitled ” Neuro-gaming: Focus or Fail”
  11. Guardian newspaper in-depth feature and interview and interview with Karen while she exhibited at Sheffield International Documentary Festival, entitled “Playing mindgames in a neuroscience, art and tech vision of the future”
  12. Daily Mail London Tweeted RIOT experience, after a good conversation interacting with the Police

Workshop Creator / Facilitator & Consultations Service


  • Radar Creativo Lima Peru Artist Hack Workshop. A one day intensive workshop for Artists new to working with technology. Designed for Artists and Creatives in Peru 2017
  • Rome Capitol Theatre NY State. Creative Direction Company Consultation with the objective of expanding on their current demographic and attracting new audiences through film events and new media initiatives 2017
  • Fak’ugesi Festival South Africa, Creative Consultations with Institutions, Companies, Entrepreneurs, Creatives and Students 2016
  • 2012 London Olympic Cultural Lead: Evolution Workshop 6 week workshop consisting of teaching Filmmaking and Parkour skills. Targeting young inner city youth to encourage engagement in the local community. 2012

 

Additional clients and commissions include The Cultural lead to the 2012 Olympics, The Arts Council, Parkour Generations, Yogoloji, (Y.E.S.)Yoga Education in Schools, London Designer Outlet, Brent Sports Division, Stephen King, Future Shorts, Hours Apart Productions, Channel 4, B.E.T, MTV. The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, Kilburn Public Art.