Monday | April 2 | 7:00 – 9:00 PM
MIT Open Documentary Lab | 32-141
MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center room 32-141 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139

In conversation with

Lecturer: Karen Palmer

How is one immersed in the “real”? What can the documentary art form tell us about representations of real worlds, people and situations?  Exploring new venues in interactive and immersive storytelling, the experience RIOT asks: how would you fare if you were inadvertently caught up in a riot and couldn’t get away? Would you panic? Would you be able to remain calm and maneuver through a fraught situation? Karen Palmer’s interactive film is a cop in full riot gear who demands to know where you’re going. The same facial recognition technology that powers Riot has been put to use by governments in Berlin and China to track individuals suspected of terrorism, and was enlisted in a recent controversial attempt to label people as gay or straight based on their facial features. Karen Palmer explores the intersection of storytelling, filmmaking and ensuring that emerging technology becomes widely available to ordinary people.