Updated: 06 Jan 2012

Finnish Film-Maker Brings Body-Sensitive Cinema to the Uk

8th October 2008

For the first time in this country Finnish filmmaker and researcher Pia Tikka will be showing and talking about her groundbreaking work 'Obsession', the world’s first cinema to be controlled by audience reaction.

De Montfort University’s pioneering Institute of Creative Technologies in Leicester will host Pia Tikka’s talk about her biosensitive cinema project at 4.30pm on Friday 24 October. For more information about attending the event, go to www.ioct.dmu.ac.uk/events, or book a place with Lisa McNicoll at lmcnicoll@dmu.ac.uk .

Winner of the Prix Möbius Nordica 2006 for Interactive Storytelling, 'Obsession' is the first wholly biologically-driven film.  

Pia, who is a researcher at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, will show a film of the installation being used in Finland as well as discussing it.

Martin Rieser, Research Professor of Digital Creativity at DMU, said: “Obsession uses viewers' physiological data to drive the experience of non-stop story, which continuously generates different views from the main character Emmi's obsessive mental landscape.

“This is enactive cinema and it involves three factors: moving image, sound and emotion tracking. The emotional dynamics are given their own cinematic role.  

“While following the cinematic narrative, each spectator’s heart rate, breathing and movements are continuously measured by built-in bio-sensors and determine the course of the narrative, constituting an ecological circuit of continuous interaction with the spectator and the narrative space.”

For further information or to be kept informed about IOCT activities, please contact:
The Director, Institute of Creative Technologies,
De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel: (+44) 0116 250 6146
Email: eedmonds [at] dmu.ac.uk

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