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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 is Core Tutor on the Situated Design MA at the Master Institute of Visual Cultures, AKV St Joost and a researcher in the Situated Art and Design group in the Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology.

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 also completed an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded PhD by Design entitled ‘Scripted performances: designing performative architectures through digital and absurd machines’. He is alumni of the Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Lab.

Commercially, he has worked as a design consultant with clients such as BBC Worldwide, University College London 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, purchasing work, or anything else, please drop me a line. 🙂

Biographies and headshots

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Ollie Palmer is an artist, educator and filmmaker based in Rotterdam. See olliepalmer.com for more.

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Ollie Palmer is an artist, filmmaker, and educator based in Rotterdam. His work has been exhibited worldwide. He was artist-in-residence at the Palais de Tokyo’s research lab, and holds a PhD by Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL on the subject of scripted performances and creative constraints. www.olliepalmer.com

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Ollie Palmer is an artist and filmmaker based in Rotterdam. His work involves critically questioning technology and control systems through designing machines, software, films and performances, and has been exhibited in galleries worldwide. He was artist-in-residence at the Palais de Tokyo, and holds a PhD by Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL entitled ‘Scripted performances: designing performative architectures through digital and absurd machines’. He leads the Situated Design masters course at St Joost and is a researcher at Caradt. He previously taught in the Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Lab, TU Delft and School of the Art Institute Chicago. www.olliepalmer.com

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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, and his work has been shown internationally in galleries and film festivals (V&A Museum, Seoul Museum of Art, Opera Garnier de Paris). He holds a PhD by Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture entitled ‘Scripted performances: designing performative architectures through digital and absurd machines’, and is alumni of the Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Lab. He currently leads the Situated Design masters course at St Joost School of Art and Design and is a researcher at Caradt. He previously taught in the Bartlett’s Interactive Architecture Lab, TU Delft and School of the Art Institute Chicago. www.olliepalmer.com

Headshots

A selection of photos for exhibitions and conferences can be downloaded here.

Selected press

We Make Money Not Art Radio interview, 14 Dec 2012
Journal of Wild Culture, 12 Dec 2012
Wired Magazine, 1 Sep 2012
BBC Mundo, 29 May 2012
Manoto TV, 28 May 2012
BBC News, 25 May 2012
Fast Company Design, 23 May 2012
Dazed & Confused, 21 May 2012
We Make Money Not Art, 17 May 2012
Manchester Evening News, 11 May 2012
Wired UK, 24 March 2012
New Scientist, 22 March 2012
BBC Radio 4 “Front Row”, 23 September 2011

Artistic Residencies

2018
Summer Sessions
V2_ Institute of the Unstable Media, Rotterdam

2015-16
Pavillon Neuflize OBC (research lab of the Palais de Tokyo)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Exhibitions and film screenings

2021

Not So Far From Around Us
Producer; show of work from 2 modules I teach at St Joost (Scripted Design & Parallel Worlds)
V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, 24 September

2019

Landscape Mode
Producer; show of work from Scripted Design module I teach at St Joost
V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, 17 December

2017

Architecture Film Festival London
Scriptych and Network / Intersect (film screenings)
Institute for Contemporary Arts / OXO Bargehouse, London

Film | Making | Space
Scriptych (film installation)
Royal Academy, London, 13 February

Arctic Moving Image and Film Festival
Scriptych (film screening)
Harstad, Norway

2016

La Rumeur des naufrages
Scriptych (live performance)
Opera Garnier, Paris; produced with Palais de Tokyo and the Institut National de l’audiovisuel, 18 June

Urban Legends group show
Network / intersect (film installation)
Seoul Museum of Art, Korea (produced with Palais de Tokyo), 5 April – 29 May

Do Disturb Festival
86,400 (film installation)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 9-11 April

Do Disturb Festival
24fps Psycho (live-coding performance)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 9-11 April

2015

Virtual Control: Security and the Urban Imagination
Algorithmic Surveillance CRM-114 (installation; commission as part of Max Colson’s Virtual Control: Security and the Urban Imagination)
Royal Institute of British Architects, London, 9 July – 27 September

2014

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

2013

Digital Design Weekend
Nybble (performance / installation)
V&A Museum, London

2012

London Olympics
Universal Tea Machine (installation; part of a machine designed by Smout Allen, and designed / fabricated by Pea & Me, Westby Jones and Ollie Palmer)
Victoria Park, London

FutureEverything Festival
Ant Ballet (installation and films)
Science Museum MOSI, Manchester

Ant Ballet (installation and films)
ZSL London Zoo, London

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

2010

Bartlett Summer Show
Reactive Vertebrae Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

2009
Group installation
Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen

Open_Sailing Project
Show RCA, Royal College of Art, London

Open_Sailing Open_Day
Area 10, Peckham, London

Teaching: design studios

2020, 2021
Parallel Worlds
Master Institute of Visual Cultures, AKV St Joost
10-week elective course; open-access syllabus

2019, 2020, 2021
Scripted Design
Master Institute of Visual Cultures, AKV St Joost
10-week design/film-making course, taught via podcast; open-access syllabus and teaching materials

2018, 2019
Form and Inspiration
TU Delft Architecture
10-week design studio, co-taught with Robert Nottrot (2018), and Mieke Vink (2019)

2018 (x2), 2019
Beyond Oil
TU Delft Architecture
10-week design studio, co-taught with Alexander Pols and Paolo di Martino (2018), Paolo di Martino and Henri Bennekom (2018), and Paolo di Martino (2019)

2017
Design Ethics
Designed Objects MA, School of the Art Institute Chicago (SAIC)
14-week seminar course for designers

2012, 2013, 2014
Interactive Architecture Lab RC3
Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
1 year masters studio, co-taught with Ruairi Glynn (2012, 2013), Ruairi Glynn and William Bondin (2014)

Workshops and talks

2021

All the Worlds
TALK
The City Otherwise: Urban Imaginaries in Art and Design at Media Architecture Biennale 2020

2020

Scripted performances: digital and absurd machines
TALK
Hybrid Futures series / Central St Martins UAL

2019

Scripted performances: Digital and absurd machines
TALK
Caradt Studium Generale / St Joost School of Art and Design

2018

Scripted performances: digital and absurd machines
TALK
Constructing Realities series / Bartlett School of Architecture UCL

2016

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

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

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

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

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

2013

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

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

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

Animating Architecture
TALK
Lunch Hour Lecture, University College London

2012

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

Ant Ballet
TALK
Dorkbot 79, Queen Mary University, London

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

2011

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

Teachers and Biodiversity Day
TALK
ZSL London Zoo

Physical Virus
TALK
Art + Architecture, London

Physical Virus
TALK
Goldsmiths University, London

Open_Sailing
TALK
Tracing Mobility Symposium, Nottingham Contemporary

2009

Autonomous Architecture Workshop
WORKSHOP
CCCB Barcelona, with Open_Sailing