Karen Cham has worked with media technology since 1987, exhibiting internationally as an electronic & digital artist, commissioned by Video Positive, London Film & Video Umbrella and Hull Time Based Arts. She was commissioned to produce a touch screen video in 1994 alongside Jane & Louise Wilson and designed & built her first commercial website the same year for the Manchester Festival & clients have since included Absolut Vodka, Diesel, ITV, Playstation & Which? She specializes in user centred design for innovative digital products and services, business models and strategies & leads on problem definition, brief development, concept design, and project vision and direction. She is currently Director of Digital Media Kingston, a cross faculty, interdisciplinary postgraduate micro-studio at Kingston University, London and designed this innovative programme of Masters courses in consultation with an Industry Panel she convened to include Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Samsung Design Europe & DreamWorks.
Karens research expertise is the constructed image and its role in concept formation, especially in advertising, branding & celebrity as designed experiences, where her core interest is aesthetics, engagement and engineering behaviour change. This expertise is applied to branded user experience design; designing for emergent behaviour in intelligent or social systems; media analytics; digital design methods; the history and theory of electronic arts; visual semiotics and design for complexity. She has had R&D work funded by The Arts Council of England, SEEDA, AHRC/EPSRC, Creativeworks London, London Fusion and NESTA and her findings have been published by Verso, Intellect, British Computer Society, Routledge and IEEE.
She is a pre-publication Manuscript Reviewer for Berg, Palgrave, AVA, Routledge, Taylor Francis (New York) & Bloomsbury and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Cultural Research, Taylor Francis. She is always interested in design methods for new digital platforms and is a Member of Sony Europes ‘Playstation First” Academic Board.