Brad Butler (2012 Film/Video) and collaborator Karen Mirza premiere the Creative Capital-supported project, Direct Speech Acts, in the exhibition The Museum of Non Participation: The New Deal at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, April 18 – July 14.
Direct Speech Acts is a film series made in collaboration with non-actors, dancers, theorists and activists performing urgent forms of fearless speech in attempts to create new languages for resistance. These videos are part of Butler and Mirza’s ongoing project The Museum of Non Participation, a fictional museum that serves as the conceptual platform for questioning and challenging current conditions of political involvement and opposition. Through film, sound, text and performed actions, the London-based artists ask: How does one participate in or withdraw from political realities individually and collectively? How can passive forms of resistance or “non participation” be represented and verbalized, and how can art facilitate or intervene in this process? Continue reading