Pia Tikka, PhD, filmmaker-researcher, is creative director of Crucible Studio and a founder and principal investigator of NeuroCine research project at the Department of Media at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. During 1990’ she wrote and directed feature films Daughters of Yemanjá (Brazil-Finland 1996) and Sand Bride (Finland 1998), and worked in a range of international film productions around the world.
She is the inventor of a biosensor-based interactive (enactive) media format and the author of book Enactive Cinema: Simulatorium Eisensteinense (2008). Her Enactive Cinema project Obsession (2005) was awarded with Möbius Prix Nordic prize of interactive storytelling. She is co-author of interactive film-game Third Woman, which has been shown in Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece (2009), Xian Academy of Fine Arts, China (2010) and Galapagos Art Space, NY (2011).
She is a founding member of the research project Enactive Media (2009-2011), Aalto University Finland. She cowrote the research plan for successful neuroscience research project aivoAALTO at the Aalto University and functioned as a core member of its directory group. She is a member of the advisory board in Tekes-funded NeuroService research project at the Laurea University of Applied Sciences. Currently, her research project NeuroCine applies neuroimaging methods to study the embodied basis of creative imagination, storytelling, and enaction in media. In addition to supervising a range of artists and research projects, she is currently developing virtual characters with natural facial expressions for generative narrative systems, such as games and enactive media.