A work in progress by LCC PHD student Brad Butler followed by Q and A
I am interested in challenging and interrogating critical assumptions about the image and its meaning at the border of anthropology and experimental film. Currently I am in the final year of the practice based Phd reserach. This process has led to two new works. The first one The Autnomous Object? takes the form of an interpretable and open ended set of images, objects and ideas. Consisting of multiple 16mm camera takes recorded using the same performative shooting strategy in India, Pakistan, New York and London, the work is distributed as a boxed object containing sculptural materials and camera rolls that are left open to interpretation. Exploring complex politicised ideas concerning the space between camera and subject, each take is at once a portrait of a person, a document of a place and a mirror image of itself. The second work is a 60 minute experimental documentary filmed in Karachi and Mumbai and takes up regional, anthropological and media issues of power, control and authority. There is a viewing scheduled of the work in progress on January 14th at NFT3 from 2.00 until 5.00pm
Brad Butler's artistic practice is based on collaboration and dialogue. This manifests itself in a multi layered practice of filmmaking, drawing, photography, publishing, curating, convening critical discussions, extending access to production equipment and teaching [www.mirza-butler.net and www.no-w-here.org.uk]. Currently this is taking the form of a creative dialogue being initiated with communities in Pakistan for the concept: The Museum of Non Participation’. Key themes within the museum are: The architecture of destruction’ Image control and authority’ & The body, social space and the aesthetic of resistance. This project is being supported by and is in collaboration with Artangel.