Dr Brad Butler
BiographyBrad Butler is an artist filmmaker. His recent work includes the feature film and exhibition: The Scar (2019) about State disappearance, Deep State (2012) - a science fiction-inflected protest "training film”, Hold Your Ground a video conceived as a form of protest in Canary Wharf Tube Station and the installation The Unreliable Narrator (2014) on political intimacy, terrorism and the condition of permanent emergency.
Between 2008 and 2016 Brad Butler’s work was framed as a fictional institution. This Museum of Non Participation sought to confront (non) participation and the socio-political in art works. ‘Non Participation’ was proposed not as a negation, but as a threshold— between forms of resistance and forces of oppression.
Prior to 2008 works by Brad Butler included structural films and expanded cinema works: Non Places (1999), Where a straight line meets a curve (2003) and the Space Between (2005)
Dr Butler was nominated for the Jarman Award in 2012, The Artes Mundi Award 2015, and was winner of Artist Film International 2015 and the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual artists (2015). From 1998-2018 he was the director of the artist film lab no.w.here through which he ran hundreds of workshops and film screenings. His works have been commissioned by Artangel, the Hayward gallery, The Sydney Biennale, Film London, Film and Video Umbrella, the Serpentine Gallery and The Walker Arts Centre.
- Butler B, Mirza K. The Guest of Citation (2013)
- Butler B, Mirza K. The Embassy of Non Participation, Sydney Biennale (2016)
- Butler B, Mirza K. Artes Mundi 6 / The Museum of non Participation (2014)
- Butler B, Mirza K. The Unreliable Narrator (2014)
- Butler B, Mirza K. Everything for Everyone and Nothing for Us (2014)
- Butler B, Mirza K. The New Deal (2013)
Current research students
- Mario Abou Hamad, Wujoud: a resistance strategy in the Syrian genocide (Lead supervisor)
- Onyeka Igwe, Unbossed and Unbound: How can critical proximity activate the Imperial Archive? (Joint supervisor)
- Margareta Kern, How can the ‘essay film’ make visible invisible forms of extrastatecraft? (Joint supervisor)
- Iana Stepanova, How can artistic experimentation explore ways of representing gendered labour? (Lead supervisor)
Past research students
- Sandra Schäfer, Spaces and Militancy, Situated Visual and Spstial Politics (Joint supervisor)