Brad Butler graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Documentary Filmmaking. He also has a 1st class degree in Anthropology. In September 2000 he was the winner of BBC2's Documentary talent 2000 competition. Since 1998 he has been creating a body of work in collaboration with Karen Mirza that has moved between the documentary form and artists film. This ongoing dialogue about practice has manifested itself in artistic work presented in exhibitions, events and the cinema as well as the creation of the unique space www.no-w-here.org.uk. Brads most recent work is a return to issues raised in Anthropology having spent 10 years as an active participant in the ideas of experimental film and Brad is currently completing a PhD thesis in Film at University of the Arts London linking Structural Film with Experimental Ethnography, a body of work that has informed The Museum of non Participation. His research considers the potential cross-fertilisation of a structural film practice with experimental ethnography to challenge dominant assumptions about cultural representation in anthropology and to suggest ways in which anthropology can actively interrogate visual systems as a means of renewing the avant-gardism of structural film. This includes the crossover of these terms with minimal and conceptual art, experimental aesthetic systems and/or artworks that blur fact and fiction Experimental film and Anthropology.
Works by Brad Butler /