New Death: Spotlight on Karen Mirza and Brad Butler
Joana Ventura profiles artists and filmmakers Karen Mirza and Brad Butler whose film Deep State is featured in our current exhibition until 15 June
3 June 2014
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler have been working together since 1998 on filmmaking, installations, photography, curating and also as performers and publishers.
In 2004 they founded no.w.here, a not-for-profit organization that “combines film production with critical dialogue about contemporary image making.” It is a space for artists to produce and discuss practices related to politics, technology and aesthetics.
Their projects have received international recognition with the duo winning the 2012 Jarman Award, commissions for Channel 4, an Artes Mundi nomination and the Creative Capital Award for Direct Speech Acts in 2012.
In 2007 they founded The Museum of Non Participation, which engages with political issues using art. The museum came about after they witnessed a protest of the Lawyers Movement outside the National Gallery of Art in Islamabad. Deep State is a part of this museum and a new version of the film is showing as part of Science Fiction: New Death. Working with author China Miéville - who also wrote new texts for the exhibition - the film considers how special interests and covert relationships are where real power is said to reside, and where fundamental decisions are made – decisions that often run counter to the outward impression of democracy.
Science Fiction: New Death is open until 15 June. For more information, please visit the exhibition project page.