Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Red Ball Project - Artist Research (Amruta Buge)

For the past six years, artist Kurt Perschke has squeezed a huge red ball into cracks, gaps and alleys all around the world. The RedBall Project has visited cities like California, Leuven, United Kingdom, Perth, Abu Dhabi, Norwich, Taipei, Grand Rapids, Barcelona, St. Louis, Portland, Sydney, Arizona, Chicago, and Toronto.
 The RedBall Project : Artist Statement
Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us. On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it. It opens a doorway to imagine what if? As RedBall travels around the world people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of imagination. I have witnessed it across continents, diverse age spans, cultures, and languages, always issuing an invitation. That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project. The larger arc of the project is how each city responds to that invitation and, over time, what the developing story reveals about our individual and cultural imagination.
I love this project because it reinforces the idea that art is as much about imagination as it is about the product. 

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