Hi! You’ve reached the homepage of Danny Butt. I’m currently Associate Director (Research) at Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne where I also coordinate the Master of Arts and Community Practice. I’m also a Research Associate at the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne where I have previously run masters subjects in Global Media Policy and Governance.
I’ve worked as an academic in art and design schools for almost twenty years – from 2007-2012 I taught in Critical Studies programmes at the University of Auckland’s Elam School of Fine Arts, in the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries. For a few years before that I mostly worked as a partner at Suma Media Consulting, on new content developments in the creative sector, and on Asia-Pacific ICT-for-development and Internet Governance projects funded by UN agencies.
I’m often thinking about art as a way of knowing, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region and local knowledge, working with my friends in the Local Time collective. My PhD research tracked the integration of art schools into the university sector, and my book extending this work titled Artistic Research in the Future Academy was published by Intellect / University of Chicago Press in 2017. I have ongoing collaborations with Rachel O’Reilly on the contemporary politics of artistic infrastructure, and with Ruth DeSouza on consumer health technologies. My MA thesis at Macquarie University (2005) explored socio-economic inequality in the information economy.
I am Australian by birth, but have lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for half my life and returned to Australia with my partner Ruth in 2013. In previous lives, I have been an interaction designer, arts administrator, community media worker, advertising researcher, travel agent, dishwasher, retail assistant and musician. Drop me a line at the contact details below.
danny at dannybutt.net