Time Frames

Note: This project is being exhibited at Natlab in Eindhoven as part of my solo show (also entitled Time Frames), from 22 June – 3 October 2024! More information here.

A performative essay-film about the ways in which time frames our experience, perception, and the bounds of what is, and what isn’t possible. Made using a rules-based constrained creative process, the film ties together three perspectives – that of a fictionalised Italo Calvino, a petulant contemporary artist, and the archetypical joker (as described by Alan Watts), to create a new collage which reflects on our present relationship to time.

This is the second film (after Network/Intersect) to be created using the Reflexive Scripted Design process I developed during my residency at Palais de Tokyo, and described in detail in my PhD. In this process, two textual elements, and one contextual elements, are combined via a series of absurd rules, which are followed at every stage of production to create a piece of work. In this case, the works are:

  • Context: Artist in Rotterdam, 2023 (my own life!)
  • Text: Cybernetics and Ghosts, Italo Calvino
  • Text: The Joker (lectures), Alan Watts

Which led to the rules:

  • RULE 1: Everything is a game
  • RULE 2: The aim of the game is to reveal that everything is game whilst also keeping the game running
  • RULE 3: The voices of the corresponding elements of this work must be presented independently
  • RULE 4: Granular and continuous must be presented at all times
  • RULE 5: Everything is black and white

The result is a 25-30 minute long performance-film with live dialogue.
Bear with me, this is my first time…


Time Frames: a solo exhibition by Ollie Palmer
Natlab, Eindhoven
22 June – 3 October 2024
More information
Supported by Baltan Laboratories and CBK R’DAM

The Multiple Arts of Schematism in the Depths of the Soul
V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media
Rotterdam, NL
27 May 2023
Delivered as a film with live performance elements.


Film, writing, editing


  • Ollie Palmer
  • Amy Thomas

Commissioned by

  • Film originally commissioned for the event: The Multiple Arts of Schematism in the Depths of the Soul
  • Sonia de Jager + Joost De Raeymaecker, Erasmus School of Philosophy
  • Alex Falk, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media
  • Time Frames exhibition at Natlab commissioned by Marlou van der Cruijsen and Lorenzo Gerbi, Baltan Laboratories

Supported by

  • V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media
  • Baltan Laboratories