DR Danny Butt

DR Danny Butt


  • Art Theory
  • Cultural Theory
  • Media and Cultural Studies



  • 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).   


Member of

  • Society for Artistic Research. Member 2017 -
  • ORBICOM International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications. Associate Member 2003 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2012
  • MA, Macquarie University 2005
  • CAT, Waikato Polytechnic 2001

Awards and honors

  • Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Excellence in Research, Macquarie University, 2005


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • 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