Blast Theory and pvi collective are excited to announce Robert Walton as the 2018 recipient of our international residency program. We are grateful to the Australia Council for supporting this initiative. We were delighted to receive so many considered and engaging expressions of interest from artists across so many different artforms, from all over Australia.
The residency exchange program offers an Australian artist the opportunity to undertake a residency with Blast Theory in their studio in Brighton, UK. The companies aim to support artists working in similar fields and to strengthen the sector as a whole through mentorship and critical feedback.
Robert will be working on a new large-scale participatory project that promotes discussion of the future by imagining the life-course of a child born now and the challenges that they, their community and their city will face over the next century. The intention of the project is to create a work that can be customized to meet the future challenges of multiple cities. The project will be a transmedial event that incorporates apps, gatherings, immersive experiences, an element of serious gaming in the form of decision-making, new music and marketing materials including postcards, emails, social media and video.
About the opportunity, Robert says:
“Being able to undertake this residency means I will have precious space and time to think, experiment and develop a new project about the mass imagination and rehearsal of the next century. Being in close proximity to Blast Theory means I can test ideas and get feedback as the concept develops, which is really important for new kinds of interactive art work that include new applications of technology.
I am a collaborative artist and my work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. My practice is primarily concerned with the conception, development and production of new work created through dialogue and play. I bring together people, places and technology to make new kinds of interaction, think about what a gathering of attention can do, and get carried away remixing realities into waking dreams.”
This project was developed with the support of Blast Theory and pvi collective. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.