Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer are two British artists who have worked in collaboration since the early 1990s.
They have a cross disciplinary practice which encompasses installations, interventions, large scale projection events, films and photography.
They work with digital media, projection, sound, light, optics and photography and frequently juxtapose ephemeral media with physical materials and structures to draw out narratives or to suggest alternative or ambiguous meanings. Much of their work is developed in response to site often evolving through a process of research, engagement or collaboration with people from other disciplines such as architects, engineers, programmers and fabricators.
Heinrich & Palmer have been awarded numerous commissions and have worked with a range of museums and heritage sites which include Chester Cathedral, Crossness Pumping Station in London, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Gallery, National Railway Museum, Hull Maritime Museum and National Trust properties such as Lindisfarne Castle, Mottisfont Abbey and Lacock Abbey.
In 2017 they were commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture to create a large scale projection event for The Deep, Hull’s award winning aquarium.
Recently they completed a year-long residency artist residency at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton where they worked with scientists at the Biomedical Imaging Unit to explore a range of otherwise invisible forms and structures that exist in our everyday world.
For b-side 2023
The focus of their research and the inspiration for the work they are making for this year’s b-side festival, is a derelict Portland Stone Tudor Cottage located at the southern end of Brandy Row in Chiswell. This site, once a collection of cottages inhabited by fishermen and quarrymen, is now owned by Dorset Council, and currently used as stores. The future of the remains of the cottages are uncertain as they face the possible threat of demolition and asset disposal, whilst environmental factors such as the weather, storms and rising sea levels present a more elemental threat.
Over the coming months Anna and Leon will be visiting Portland to meet with the project’s researchers and undertake films and sound recordings of the site which will be used to develop a final piece for the festival.
We are interested in exploring ideas around permanence versus impermanence and memories of place, through the medium of film, sound and digital imagery.