'TALKS WITH PRACTITIONERS' SERIES

TALK 3: NIK PALMER

Location: Online via Crowdcast

Date: Tuesday 10th August 2021

Time: 7pm (British Summer Time) | Approx. 45 mins

Cost: 'Pay What You Can' on the night by donation
(booking essential)

Age recommendation: 16+ / adults

 

About Nik Palmer:

Nik Palmer has been surrounded by puppets his entire life. Born to Ray and Joan DaSilva, founders of the Norwich Puppet Theatre, Nik was taken on his first international tour at the age of six months. Now, 58 years later Nik is a multi-award winning puppeteer who has performed worldwide. 
 

Throughout his career Nik has worked his way through a multitude of puppet making techniques with range of movement always being central to the design process. 
 

3 years ago Nik decided to explore what CAD and 3D printing technology could bring to puppet design and construction. This has resulted in some highly articulate and unique puppets named Filabods which have been selling worldwide over the last year. 
 

The creative use of technology has always inspired Nik’s work as a maker, performer and musician and he has also been exploring the Arduino platform for motion control and to control immersive environments. 

Find out more about Nik's work by visiting their website.

About the 'Talks with Practitioners' series

Join Moving Parts Arts for our online 2021 series of 'Talks with Practitioners'. Find out about the work of talented and varied puppetry and visual theatre artists, whilst having the opportunity to ask your burning questions. 

All sessions are free to book onto but there will be to opportunity to making a donation at the online event. 

The focus of the 2021 talks series is digital puppetry. Digital puppetry can be many things and is very much open to interpretation. A live-streamed show may use real puppets against the backdrop of a green screen. A handheld camera following a puppet-led story may take the audience on a journey not possible in a seated theatre. The puppets in the piece may be built by a 3D printer, laser cutter or exist only in virtual reality. Stop-motion animation passages may be infused with live puppetry. Digital puppetry can be low-fi or slick and shiny; can mix old techniques with new techniques and has the potential to reach new audiences.

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