About

Biography

Ollie Palmer is an artist, designer and film-maker. His work critically questions control systems and contemporary use of technology, and takes place across installations, films and performances. Projects often include collaborations with scientists, dancers, and other people outside of his own discipline. From 2015-16 he was Pavillon artist-in-residence at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

He has previously exhibited a large human computer at the V&A Museum, dancing ants at London Zoo and FutureEverything Festival in Manchester, and an over-knowledgable surveillance camera at the Royal Institute of British Architects. He formerly taught at Masters level at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he is also currently pursuing an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD by Design entitled ‘The Absurd in the Human and the Machine’. He is alumni of the Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Lab.

Commercially, he has worked as a design consultant with clients such as BBC Worldwide, UCL and the V&A Museum, as well as leading projects for a number of other UK-based companies. In between all of the above, he has travelled around the world solo, hitchhiked across Iceland, and taught IT in the depths of the Amazon.

If you would like to get in touch regarding projects, collaborations, or anything else, please email hello@olliepalmer.com.

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Workshops and talks

2016
Scripting the Absurd
TALK
Designed Objects Dept / School of the Arts Institute, Chicago

2016
TALK / DEMO
24fps Psycho / film wanderer
Lundi Du Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo

2015
The Godot Machine / Spatial Cinema
TALK / DEMO
Pavillon Launch, Tokyo Arts Club, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2015
Exploring Virtual Control
WORKSHOP
Royal Institute of British Architects / UCL Urban Lab
with Max Colson

2015
The Google Google Project
TALK
Innsbruck University, Austria
Note: not affiliated in any way with Google

2014
AA Greece Visiting School
9-DAY WORKSHOP
University of Patras, Greece

2014
Big Data: Fabrics of Life
WORKSHOP
Central Saint Martins, London

2013
Flights of Fancy
7-DAY WORKSHOP
Bartlett School of Architecture, London

2012
Shadow cities (assistant)
run by Catrina Stewart and Ruairi Glynn
WORKSHOP
Tate Modern, London

2013
Sky, Ants and Talking to Plants
TALK
Invisible Dust, London
with Natalie Jerimijenko and Kasia Molga

2012
Ant Ballet
TALK
Dorkbot 79, Queen Mary University, London

2013
Ant Ballet
TALK
Bartlett Plexus, Bartlett School of Architecture, London

2013
Animating Architecture
TALK
Lunch Hour Lecture, University College London

2012
Animating Environments
9-DAY WORKSHOP
Bartlett School of Architecture, London

2011
Visiting lectures
TALK
Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff

2011
Ant Ballet
TALK
Dorkbot 79, Cardiff

2011
Branding workshops
2x WORKSHOPS
Truphone, London

2010
Mapping Space with Augmented Perception
2-DAY WORKSHOP
Plymouth University

2010
Mastering HTML Eshots
ONE-TO-ONE WORKSHOPS
HCL Locums, London

2010
Teachers and Biodiversity Day
TALK
ZSL London Zoo

2010
Physical Virus
TALK
Art + Architecture, London

2010
Frequency Speculation Summit
TALK
LAB, Nottingham

2010
Physical Virus
TALK
Goldsmiths University, London

2010
Open_Sailing
TALK
Tracing Mobility Symposium, Nottingham Contemporary

2009
Autonomous Architecture Workshop
WORKSHOP
CCCB Barcelona, with Open_Sailing

Exhibitions

2016
17 + 18 June
Scriptych
with Palais de Tokyo
Opera Garnier, Paris

2016
5 April – 29 May
Network / intersect
Part of Urban Legends exhibition
Seoul Museum of Art, Korea

2016
86,400
Do Disturb Festival
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2016
24fps Psycho
Do Disturb Festival
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2015
CRM-114
Commission as part of Max Colson’s Virtual Control: Security and the Urban Imagination
Royal Institute of British Architects, London

2014
Ant Ballet
Big Data: Designing with the Materials of Life
Lethaby Gallery, Central St. Martins, London

2013
Nybble at Digital Design Weekend
V&A Museum, London

2012
Universal Tea Machine at London Olympics
Victoria Park, London
As part of a machine desised by Smout Allen, and designed / fabricated by Pea & Me, Westby Jones and Ollie Palmer

2012
Ant Ballet at FutureEverything Festival
Science Museum MOSI, Manchester

2011-12
Ant Ballet at London Zoo
ZSL London Zoo, London

2011
Ant Ballet
Graduate Architectural Design Show, Bartlett School of Archtiecture, London

2010
Reactive Vertebrae
Bartlett Summer Show, Bartlett UCL

2009
Group installation
Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen

2009
Open_Sailing Project
Ars Electronica, Linz

2009
Open_Sailing Project
Show RCA, Royal College of Art, London

2009
Open_Sailing Open_Day
Area 10, Peckham, London

2008
UWIC showcase
Various cities, Poland

2008
UWIC Graduate showcase
University of Wales Institute Cardiff