Hi! You’ve reached the homepage of Danny Butt, a writer, researcher and critic. I am currently Research Fellow at the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne, and lecturer in the Centre for Cultural Partnerships at Victoria College of the Arts, where I teach on the Master of Arts and Community Practice.
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 in Asia-Pacific ICT-for-development 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 at the University of Melbourne tracked the incorporation of art schools into the university system. You can get a flavour of this work from the essay in Mute Magazine, “The Art of the Exegesis“. A book from this work titled Artistic Research in the Future Academy will be published by Intellect in 2016. My MA research at Macquarie University (2005) explored socio-economic inequality in the information economy, interrogating the potential of class analysis with the help of cultural and feminist theory.
I am Australian by birth, but have lived in Aotearoa for half my life and only recently returned to Australia with my partner Ruth DeSouza. 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