Steven Ball

...studied at Maidstone College of Art and has worked in film, video, sound and installation since the early 1980s... has been a member of Storm Bugs DIY music outfit from 1978...

...in the late 1980s accidentally migrated to Melbourne, Australia, for twelve years... continued practice making a number of film, video, sound, and installation works, as well as being engaged in various curatorial, administrative, teaching and writing activities... most significantly involved with Melbourne Super 8 Film Group from around 1990 - 1995 as committee member, manager and festival director...

...since returning to the UK in 2000 art practice has been predominantly digital audio-visual media, in exhibition, online and live, often collaborative, audio-visual and spoken-word performance... since 2003 has been Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and was instrumental in developing the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection...

... current art practice includes exploration of landscape and spatial representation, the relationship between local and global, social, political and post-colonial spheres, with particular regard to their dissemination through contemporary media platforms, performance and exhibition contexts, employing moving image, sound, text and spoken word...

...writes about contemporary and historical moving image related art practice... curates screenings and exhibitions...

video/performance/installation works since 2001

details of work made before 2001

recent selected curriculum vitae

 

2014

Personal Electronics (prerformance), Spoken Weird, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Signs and Wonders (music/song EP), Bandcamp

Concrete Heart Land (video with Rastko Novaković), Nottingham Contemporary, Cinema 6 at Arcadia Missa, Peckham, London, among numerous other screenings

sensingsite, research seminar, (co-organised with Susan Trangmar and Duncan White) Falmouth University, Central Saint Martins, and Parasol unit, London

publications

"I am the Intruder" catalogue essay for Here is the Yard, Maia Conran,
Grand Union, Birmingham

 

2013

No Nothingness (music/song, single with Storm Bugs), Bandcamp

Boundary Cyclone Transaction, video, DVblog

Vapor Collecting videos, Synthetic Zero, Bronx Art Space, New York, USA

Myths of Social Capitalism (video with Rastko Novaković), London Seizure Part Two, Arbeit, Hackney Wick

No-way Street (video), London Seizure Bermondsey Project, London

sensingsite, research seminar, (co-organised with Susan Trangmar and Duncan White) Central Saint Martins at Parasol unit, London

Film of the Same Name, (presentation with Philip Sanderson)
Hauntology symposium, Bradford International Film Festival, National Media Museum, Bradford

Visual Thinking: Between Sound and Light, research workshop and performance presentations (co-organized with Rob Mullender and Duncan White) Camden Arts Centre, London
* performed Dodgy Provenance and the Fantastic Mundanity of Sound in Space (spoken word/sound performance)

Taking Place screening programme (co-curated with Duncan White), Black Maria in The Crossing, Granary Square, London
* screened Myths of Social Capitalism (video with Rastko Novakovic)

publications

“Spectres of Communism” D'Est by Chantal Akerman
Melbourne Cinematheque Annotations, Senses of Cinema Issue 67

“The End of Television”, review of David Hall’s End Piece
Moving Image Review & Art Journal, Vol 2, No 1

 

2012

subsong (sound) 128kbps, basic.fm

Myths of Social Capitalism (video with Rastko Novakovic)
Estates and High Rise Life, UCL Urban Laboratory, The Screen@RADA

Winter Soup (sound performance with Lynn Loo)
Unconscious Archive, Apiary Studio, London

sensingsite, research seminar series, (co-organised with Susan Trangmar and Duncan White), Central Saint Martins at Parasol unit, London

Storm Bugs performances
Abject Bloc, 7 July, Limehouse Town Hall (on Soundcloud)
Abject Bloc, 3 April, Resonance FM, London
Rammel Club Weekender, 10 March, Nottingham (more at Direct Objective)



2011

Light Writing (co-curated with Duncan White)
Central Saint Martins at Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield University
* performed On Being, a PDF (pdf)

Seeing in the Dark (co-curator)
installation, exhibition and performance series
CIRCA Projects, Newcastle, UK
* performed soundtracks to Vowels and Consonants by Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo, and Autumn Fog by Lynn Loo

Aboriginal Myths of South London (video)
Off and Free Festival, Seoul, Korea
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival
, Hawick, Scottish Borders
Maelfa Screening Programme, Spike Island, Bristol

Travelling Practice (one-person screening programme)
Directors’ Lounge, Berlin, Germany

The War on Television (video)
Glitch vs Scratch, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, USA

Personal Electronics (video)
Exploring the Extraordinary conference, York

Formal Environmentalism (one-person screening programme)
Melbourne Cinematheque, Australia

publications

“Expanded Cinema and Urban Space in the 21st Century”
Expanded Architecture catalogue, University of Sydney, Australia

"Conditions of Music" Expanded Cinema: Art Performance Film, (ed: Duncan White, A.L. Rees, David Curtis, Steven Ball), Tate Publishing, London

2010

Recalling the Shots, (curator) screening programme
CIRCA Contemporary Art, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Light Writing (co-curator with Duncan White) screening programme
Window Gallery, Central St Martins and Banner Repeater, Hackney Downs Station, London

Complex Infrastructure (curator) UK-based artists' moving image
cogcollective, Melbourne, Australia

Aboriginal Myths of South London (video)
Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia;
Olsen Leeds, UK;
Urban Research, Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany

The Ground, the Sky, and the Island, (video)
Figuring Landscapes, Melbourne Cinematheque, Australia

The War on Television (video)
InCounter/Artkillart
, .HBC, Berlin, Germany

publications

“Turning and Unfolding: Personal Reflections on Cantrills' Filmnotes" Senses of Cinema, Australia


2009

Figuring Landscapes, Australian and UK artists' landscape moving image (co-curator with Catherine Elwes) Tate Modern, February 2009 and touring the UK and Australia 2009 - 2010;
- includes The Ground, the Sky, and the Island, (video)

The War on Television (video)
The End of Television, The Nerve, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

After Lethaby (video performance with Martin Blazicek)
Expanded Cartography and the New Live Cinema,
Lethaby Gallery, Central St Martins, London

publications

"Around the Nature Colour Cycle - Abstraction, landscape, colour and information", To Look and To Look ed: Raúl Gómez Valverde, Esete Punto, Spain, 2009

"Polyvocal Islands" (co-authored with Catherine Elwes)
Figuring Landscapes, artists' moving image from Australia and the UK, (ed: Catherine Elwes, Eu Jin Chua, Steven Ball), pub: Catherine Elwes,  UK, 2009

"Between Land and Sea" Vertigo Magazine vol 4, no. 1, UK, 2009


2008

Transcentric (co-curator) artists from RMIT University, Australia and UAL Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London; includes Land Gauge (video installation)

Personal Electronics (video/spoken word performance)
Intermission, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia

Loose Space and Circular Time (film and video retrospective 1991 – 2008)
Teaching and Learning Cinema, Sydney, Australia

No-way Street (video)
Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany