Bjarke Pedersen
LARPing Expert & Creative Director, Odyssé
Biography
Bjarke Pedersen is the creative director of Odyssé and one of the world's experts on LARPing (Live Action Role Playing). With more than 20 years of experience and insights, Pedersen designs immersive, participatory experiences where players are made to feel like the heroes of their own journeys. He has worked on projects ranging from transmedia storytelling for television to real-world participatory games played by more than 10,000 people at the same time. Pedersen has lectured on participatory design and culture at New York University, Bard College, and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. He has also spoken at conferences, such as Games for Change, art festivals, and educational institutions across Europe and the United States.
Bjarke Pedersen
LARPing Expert & Creative Director, Odyssé
SPEAKER FILM
Bjarke Pederson: Becoming The Story
Bjarke Pederson: Becoming The Story

Studies have shown that if a person changes their physicality or is given a means to behave differently, such as putting on a costume, they change their behavior automatically in response. This is what happens with live action role playing (LARPing), where people take on character roles and physically act them out in fictional settings. As the Creative Director of Odyssé and one of the world’s experts on LARPing, Bjarke Pedersen has spent many years exploring the power of this collaborative form of storytelling, in which every participant becomes the hero of their own story. He’s observed that by getting a chance to engage with different characters, LARPers are also able to learn more about themselves. LARPing is also particularly powerful for the ways in which it relies on building trust among people. Many individuals are able to tell their own stories within a given framework, but it is the larger output of so many different stories being told at the same time that makes LARPing so unique and powerful.