Stay, create and present in th heart of Tokyo
Residence Period: 2012.06.11-2012.07.11
Rob Ball is a Melbourne-based community arts producer, filmmaker and visual artist working in video, sound, drawing, sculpture and installation.
As a community arts producer, Rob has frequently collaborated with youth, indigenous, refugee, migrant and disability groups, and has won awards for his cross media works and short films. From 2007 to 2009 Rob developed a substantial youth arts program for the Centre for Multicultural Youth to engage refugee and migrant young people in artistic practice.
Rob currently works as a Community Cultural Development Officer for Banyule City Council, producing community arts projects in public housing and urban renewal sites.
At 3331 Arts Chiyoda, he aims to engage Japanese residents in sculptural mould making production to cast locally produced outmoded electronic technology circa 1980 to 2010 such as beta videos, speakers,facsimiles etc.
Making reference to materials important to manufacturing production and trade, electronic objects will be cast in gypsum-based plaster, polyurethane, concrete and other media and presented unadorned. He will then assemble and photograph the cast objects in public spaces throughout Akihabara, a Tokyo-based retail hub renowned for sales of electronic goods in aim to generate a spatial and cultural intrusion that prompts inquiry into the divergent relationship of old and new, the desired and the abandoned, nostalgia and nihilism.
The project aims to investigate the phenomenological considerations raised as a result of assembling of the cast objects in public space.