Steven Ball studied film, video and sound at Maidstone College of Art in the UK, graduating in the early '80s. In 1988 he accidentally migrated to Melbourne. Within a few years he became deeply involved with the local media arts scene, in particular Super 8 filmmaking.
From 1991 to 1995 he was the administrator of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group, and helped to organise the group's festivals and other screening events.
He was involved with a number of independent activist groups and collectives such as AllGauge and Digita, and curated screenings and events for established organisations like Experimenta (MIMA), Melbourne Cinematheque and the Melbourne International Film Festival. He has written for a number of journals, and worked across a range of arts administrative, teaching and technical positions. His artistic practice encompasses film, video, sound and installation. He currently lives in London where he is Research Fellow within the AHRB British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.