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Karen Palmer Exhibits at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York

Posted by the Thoughtworks Arts Team
Thursday, 3 October 2019

Karen Palmer, working with a team at Thoughtworks Arts, is exhibiting her recent project Perception iO at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York, Sept. 20, 2019 - May 17, 2020.

Visitors at the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum browd=sing the “Face Values” exhibition
An installation shot of Face Values at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.

Perception iO is a facial emotion detection and eye tracking immersive film. Over the summer Karen teamed up with a dedicated team of programmers at Thoughtworks to develop Perception iO, and to integrate the Tobii Pro eye gazing hardware into her installation.

The project explores the intersection of AI, neuroscience, behavioral psychology, film, facial emotion detection, eye tracking, bias, and social justice.

A man drawing boxes with numbers on a whiteboard
Emilio Escobedo, a Thoughtworks team member, developing the emotional recognition framework for Perception iO.

The immersive storytelling experience reveals how a person’s gaze and emotions influence their perception of reality. Participants are invited to analyze the data they calibrate in their mind to become aware of their subconscious behavior, implicit bias and the bias of AI networks.

Perception iO is an evolution of RIOT, a project Karen developed during her residency at Thoughtworks.

The flyer for the Perception iO exhibit

Karen Palmer is a London-based digital filmmaker, whose immersive films combine the genres of film, gaming, art, science and technology. She speaks about her emotionally responsive film experiences at the intersection of AI, immersive storytelling, neuroscience, consciousness and implicit bias.

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