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The outcome of this virtual riot depends on your emotions

The outcome of this virtual riot depends on your emotions
From Engadget - October 13, 2017

RIOT is part of a wave of narrative experiences that use technology to activate specific emotions. At FoST, there were projects meant to make you feel intimacy or even -- purportedly -- fall in love. If storytelling is about eliciting human emotions, Melcher said his goal is to find examples of technology augmenting that process to create "sensual media."

"It's a kind of storytelling that reminds us of the sensory joy of being alive," he said. "And I think that's a direct response to a lot of technology which has for many years been doing the opposite, disconnecting us from ourselves."

"I believe that if you are fearful or angry often your narrative in life does not get to reach a conclusion."

In RIOT, the primary emotion Palmer plays with is fear. "In my opinion, fear is the most powerful emotion," Palmer, originally from London, said. "If you are calm, your narrative will play out because I believe that if you are fearful or angry often your narrative in life does not get to reach a conclusion."

It's a recurrent theme in her work -- how to face fear head on, and move through it -- that comes in part from practicing freerunning for the past 13 years with international group Parkour Generations. An earlier project, Syncself, was a parkour simulator using an EEG headset to measure participants' focus. If their brainwaves did not show concentration, they'd fail to make their leaps.

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