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Justin Balmain: Digital Open Studio

Justin Balmain: Digital Open Studio

Join PICA Studio Artist Justin Balmain for a virtual artist talk and discussion. Hear about Balmain’s digital residency through PICA from his home in Melbourne over Zoom.
3-Days Without Light is a scripted short-film that has formed out of Justin Balmain’s partnership with the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, Marseille, France. Focusing upon a haunted black mirror within their collection, a script has formed referencing the fear and superstition that mirrors have occupied since their development, and subsequent image saturation and representation.
This digital artist talk invites participants to hear from Balmain about his project and get insights into his studio processes, whilst also providing the opportunity to engage in critical discussion and conversation. To encourage reflection and engagement ahead of the event itself, Balmain invites you to view some of his video work and send through any questions or topics you’d like to discuss ahead of time.


Justin Balmain’s research-led approach draws on visual art, video essay and documentary disciplines to create hybrid multimedia works. The work addresses the strategies and functions of objects at the interstice of virtual and actual space, and within the collective imagination. Studio experimentation and collaboration has included cinematographers, performers, painters, writers, industrial designers, ethnographers, curators, activists and pop-musicians.
Balmain’s artwork has been exhibited widely in Australia, Europe, the USA and New Zealand, and received support through the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, National Association for Visual Arts, the Ian Potter Foundation, the Wassaic Project (New York), and received critical acclaim in the form of prizes, reviews, and is held within public and private collections. Since 2017 he has been engaged in a long-term research-driven residency with Enough Room for Space, Brussels, that continues through visits and discourse.