Dr. Danny Butt is Associate Director (Research) at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. His book Artistic Research in the Future Academy was published by Intellect/University of Chicago Press in 2017. From 2007-2012 he taught in the Critical Studies programme at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. He is the editor of PLACE: Local Knowledge and New Media Practice (with Jon Bywater and Nova Paul) (Cambridge Scholars Press 2008) and Internet Governance: Asia Pacific Perspectives (Elsevier 2006). He works with the Auckland-based collective Local Time <http://www.local-time.net>, whose work engages the dynamics of visitor and host in the context of mana whenua and discourses of indigenous self-determination. Recent sites for Local Time projects have included Waitangi (2017), Mangere maunga (2014) and the Waitemata Harbour (2013) in Aotearoa New Zealand; Footscray, Australia (2014); Delhi, India (2013); and Rarotonga, Cook Islands (2015).
Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Excellence in Research, Macquarie University,
Available for supervision
Currently supervising masters and doctoral theses in practice-based and traditional research. Particular interests include research methodologies (both artistic and qualitative research); social theory (especially feminist, postcolonial and critical race theory); history of knowledge systems; intercultural practices; political economy of new media platforms; neoliberal ethics and aesthetics.
Current and Recent Research Supervisions
Tania Cañas, Conscientization: Theatre of the Oppressed with refugees, Australia
Sean Dockray, The expanded essay as a mode of practice
Russell Kerr, A Social Design Practice: Proposing a design duality; reflective graphic design practice in rural communities.
Maddy Macfarlane, Radio as Research, Learning from Listening: Australian community radio as public ethnomusicology
Amy Spiers, The effective capacities of disruption, discomfort and critique: fomenting dissensus in socially-engaged and site-reponsive art.
Adam Douglass: Aesthetic Systems of Participatory Painting: Communicating in Third Space and mental wellbeing in Tonga
Beth Sometimes: Apmere Angkentye-Kenhe: Language as a music playing us
Christie Widiarto, Aesthetics of Change: Multiculturalism and the street art of Footscray