Street Artist Rone On The Reaction To Empire And Emotional Responsibility

By Ben Tyers
29th May 2019


The Creative State Summit returns to Melbourne on Thursday 30 May to Friday 31 May and will see a range of speakers discuss the future of arts and creative entrepreneurship centring on the theme ‘What’s Next?’.

Speakers include the likes of Takashi Kudo of teamLab—the team behind the Mori Digital Art Museum—Nancy Bennett, a former MTV producer who now heads Two Bit Circus, alongside local talent Russel Howcroft, Carly Findlay, Rone, and Robbie Brammall from MoNA.

We caught up with Rone, to talk about his involvement with the Creative State Summit, as well as his latest work Empire which has now wrapped up.

What Will You Be Covering At The Creative State Summit?

The outline for the State Summit is ‘What’s Next?’, so I’ll be talking about how I ended up doing what I’m doing now, and where I see that going in the future given immersive art is such a massive thing right now.

Are There Any Current Creative Trends That Are Influencing Your Work?

The influence on my work been very organic over the past 10 years. In painting abandoned buildings what I’m trying to do is give and experience to someone else as a viewer, rather than a canvas that might be inspired by the texture of an abandoned building. To create a real experience. I’ve found that it just connects with people on such a deeper level.

How Did You Find Reactions Empire?

It was genuinely surprising how many people simply wanted to see it. I knew it would do ok, but I didn’t think it would go as mental as it has.

What was really amazing to see was the amount of people that cried (while seeing Empire), it was so moving to have someone react like that to something I’ve made.

A term I discovered while doing it is ‘emotional responsibility’, if you’re connecting with someone on such a level, are you responsible for that, and how do you respond to someone who’s literally crying at you about it. It’s definitely awkward, it’s a complete stranger, but they’ve just had this connection (with what I’ve made) on such a level. It’s a challenge.

I’ve had people be emotional about my work in the past, but this, this was a daily occurrence. Everyone brought their own personal thing to it, why they were upset, but it still comes back to my work as a trigger.

Rone will speak at the 2019 Creative State Summit, a Victorian Government initiative that will explore ‘What’s Next’ for the creative industries.

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