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 programme offers an Australian artist the opportunity to undertake a residency with us at our studio in Brighton. The companies aim to support artists working in similar fields and to strengthen the sector as a whole through mentorship and critical feedback.
Robert Walton is “an original and talented thinker and theatre maker” (The Times, UK), who has created, directed and devised over 30 shows. His work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. A creative trailblazer, Robert has been credited with creating “the world’s first piece of iPad theatre” (The Independent, UK) and has toured his work in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.
Since relocating to Australia in 2011, he has continued to push creative boundaries and develop new and innovative collaborations and partnerships. Robert co-curated the season of Australian dance and performance works for Culture 2014, The XXth Commonwealth Games Glasgow to wide critical acclaim.
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 has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.