Learn Italian

My friend Fiona Williams (who kindly helped me film the Nybble video) made a lovely stop-motion film about the now-probably-obsolete method of learning Italian by cassette. She filmed it in a Christopher Wren tower in London, using a cassette that she found in an attic. The result is charming, hilarious, bewildering and highly enjoyable.

Learn Italian by Fiona Williams

Note: I feature as a technical advisor in the credits, but Fiona really deserves all the credit!

Waves lapping, Italy

I recorded this video of waves lapping on a beach in southern Italy recently. There was something mesmerising about this patch of water, which is far thicker than most. And a nice thud as it hit the shore. Was it adding to the shore each time, or taking away?

The video is on Youtube and Vimeo.

Posted: 2015-06-12

Categories: Video

Thomas Feuerstein Psychoprosa

I gave a talk at the University of Innsbruck the other day, and on my day off I went to see the Thomas Feuerstein exhibition Psychoprosa. Unfortunately the show has now finished, but I made this video for future posterity:

The show was great. Lots of things that bubbled and wobbled, strange machines and pipes. Missing from the video is the room full of phantom fridges and ghosted CCTV footage. I’d love to see his studio.

This exhibition was on at Galerie im Taxipalais, Innstruck, Austria, 7 March – 10 May 2015. For more on Thomas Feuerstein, see his website.

Shadow chasing

I love it when the sun is low. Here’s some shadow chasing on Tottenham Court Road.

Video is on Vimeo.

Posted: 2014-10-07

Categories: Video

Nybble code base

This is the video which explains how the code-base within my Nybble project works. Each symbol represents a dancer in the performance, and the combination of four dancers creates a letter.

For more information, see the Nybble page.

RIP MCA

Sad to hear about the passing of Adam Yaunch a couple of days ago. The Beastie Boys are the soundtrack to much of machine-building – here’s a video from the construction of the Ant Ballet machine last year:

RIP MCA.

An Architectural Time Machine by Heechan Park

I helped my good friend Heechan Park shoot a couple of short videos about the amazing machines he built at the Bartlett last year.

Inspired by JG Ballard’s The Cloud Sculptures of Choral D, they fire vortices of smoke, infused with scents, distances of up to 20m. Viewers experience an ephemeral sensation – bewildering bursts of smell defining their interaction with a space.

Video by Ollie Palmer and Heechan Park

Here’s the first testing of the machines near Old Street. There’s a lovely contrast between the rugged, heavy-duty appearance of the machines and the poetically delicate smoke vortex they create.

Video by Heechan Park, with footage by Ollie Palmer

For more information, head to www.heecpark.com

Update

This project has been receiving a fair bit of press recently. Check out We Make Money Not Art‘s article here!

Ollie and Abi Palmer

My sister Abi Palmer is the most fun person to spend time with. I will miss her whilst I’m away doing projects in foreign lands over the coming years.

We made this video one evening in 2011 at the Southbank Centre. I think we were supposed to be seeing a show, but danced in a gallery instead.