Direct Speech Acts
Direct Speech Acts is a film made in collaboration with non-actors, dancers, theorists and activists performing contemporary and urgent forms of fearless speech. This is a new work within The Museum of Non Participation, a conceptual (geo)political construct of gesture, image and language. Direct Speech Acts moves across articulations of political voice and gesture through contrasting attitudes to the authority of images in drama, documentary, performance, reportage, public interventions and a series of direct speech acts mediated for the camera. This art experience takes as its subject the contemporary desire to create new languages for resistance.
Brad Butler and collaborator Karen Mirza have worked together since 1998, and in 2004 formed no.w.here, an artist-run space for the production, discussion and dissemination of practices engaged with moving image, politics, technology and aesthetics. no.w.here’s role as a cooperative environment is directly related to the centering of Mirza and Butler’s own practice upon collaboration, dialogue and the social. Since 2007 they have pursued a strain of practice entitled The Museum of Non Participation. This ongoing body of work confronts (non) participation and the socio-political in art works. This Museum consistently evolves through the geo-political ground upon which its works are produced and presented, in keeping with its initial formation. Thus far, this work has been presented in Egypt, Pakistan, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. to question how withdrawal can be made visible and how “non participation” can be active and critical.