You’ve reached the homepage of Danny Butt, a writer, researcher and critic. I am currently Research Fellow in Participatory Public Space at the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne, investigating how networked technologies are reconfiguring modes of public engagement, with a view to providing some conceptual tools to think the networked city.
I’ve worked as an academic in art and design schools for fifteen 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.
Usually, though, I think about art more than anything, with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific region and local knowledge, working with my friends in the Local Time collective. We recently participated in the 5th Auckland Triennial. At the end of 2005 a few of us ran the excellent Cultural Futures symposium at Hoani Waititi, a meeting of indigenous and non-indigenous cultural practitioners from across the Asia Pacific. A great book from the event called PLACE: Local Knowledge and New Media Practice came out via Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
My PhD at the University of Melbourne tracked the incorporation of art schools into the university system, and I am currently working on a book on artistic knowledge in the techno-scientific university. You can get a flavour of this work from the essay in Mute Magazine, “The Art of the Exegesis“. My MA research at Macquarie University (2005) explored socio-economic inequality in the information economy, adapting class analysis to 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, and musician. I also help out my brother’s excellent surf travel business Surfbanyak.com with communications as well – if you need a surf trip, that’s one of the best you could find. Drop me a line at the contact details below.
danny at dannybutt.net