In collaboration with Livity Africa and Connect ZA, two interactive sessions led by industry professionals will form part of the Festival Talks. This second session will be an all-female powerhouse featuring multi-disciplinary immersive filmmaker Karen Palmer and Valentina Floris from SDNA, who will not only share how they are breaking boundaries in their mediums but explore the intersections between technology, creativity and innovation.
Livity Africa is a youth agency that develops platforms, campaigns, ideas and social change. All of this is created for young people, driven by young people.
Karen Palmer is a UK based multi-disciplinary immersive filmmaker. Summer 2016 Karen was a Speaker at Tedx Australia at the Sydney Opera House, at Games for Change Festival New York and an invited guest on a International Women Think Tank working in new media Mutek Festival Cannada. Prior she was also a keynote speaker at DiGRA 2015 The World’s leading Academic Digital Games Conference in Germany. Her recent neurogaming parkour installation SYNCSELF 2 was a key exhibit at the prestigious Sheffield Film Festival 2015. In conjunction with being a Panel Speaker on Neuroscience in Gaming. She discussed the SYNCSELF 2 Neurogame that recreates the process of transcending fear. This is an interactive parkour film experience which is controlled by the user’s mental focus. There was a very favourable article in The Guardian on Karen and the impact of her work. Initially SYNCSELF 2 was exhibited at the V&A as part of the Digital Design Weekend (Sept 2014), and discussed her journey to the V&A at the WOW Talks series at the Apple Store Regent Street. Previously her work received exposure and critical acclaim at Festivals and Galleries Internationally. 2015 she spoke on her unique form of Storytelling and Tech at various renowned institutions such as The Watershed Bristol, Uppsala University Sweden and Conducttr Transmedia Conference to name a few.
Valentina Floris from SDNA: SDNA is a creative studio based in London producing distinctive digital artwork. Their objective is to explore techniques of interaction within public spaces, using emerging technologies and unusual presentation media. In the past eight years they have collaborated with a range of artists and received many commissions for video design and multiple projection installations. Their projects have featured internationally from Russia to Polynesia; London venues include the V & A Museum, the Roundhouse, the ICA, and the Whitechapel Gallery.
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