Karen Palmer simply helps you hack your brain. Her immersive installations open the participants’ minds to think and view things differently – providing them with extraordinary self-awareness.
The most common response after encountering Karen’s work is “mind-blowing”.
Working with the Electronic and Computer Engineering Department at the distinguished Brunel University, London, Karen is a pioneer of ‘neurogaming’ (neuro–gaming – science meets game play), in which your mind becomes a remote control in an incredible immersive media experience, which combines video game functionality, live action video, wearable technology and neuroscience to create an experience quite unlike anything else.
Her works Syncself and Syncself 2 are more than live-action video games – you interact with them by wearing an EEG headset on your brain, which measures your level of focus then the data is sent to the video and alters the film’s narrative arc, revealing and reflecting your state of mind back to you – teaching you about yourself in a profound way.
This ground-breaking work builds sharp mental focus and concentration. It stimulates brain development and fine tunes mental agility and cognitive behaviour, while all the time keeping you not only entertained but fully engrossed.
Karen’s early career as a highly successful music video director, though glamorous and exciting from the outside, began feeling all wrong. She had to do an “erase and install” on her own brain.
Karen became inspired by her passion for parkour which she had been practising for some time – an urban street sport known for being highly gymnastic – but essentially a philosophy of mindfulness- to mould the mind through the body. It’s a way to train your brain, develop and understand yourself better.
There’s only one rule in parkour – you are never supposed to stop.
Life as a parkour ‘free-runner’ helped Karen make the leap and move forward on her journey.
The dynamic metaphor of parkour for self-mastery over our own destinies, along with Karen’s mind-blowing productions and research into neuro-gaming, makes this the most exciting, vital and dynamic message of empowerment.