Rose Butler

Rose Butler

Researcher and senior lecturer , Sheffield Hallam University

Rose Butler is an artist, researcher and senior lecturer of fine art at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She uses adapted technology and custom-built software alongside early cameras and analogue technique to make interactive installations, single and multi-screen videos or large-scale photographs.

Rose is currently writing up doctoral research that considers the ethics and politics of looking through surveillance and arts practice. By bringing together photographic and filmic documentation, archival material, political commentary and fiction in her research, she examines the narratives that surround and shape us.

Rose will exhibit her new work at NeMe Arts Centre, Cyprus, in October 2020. In 2017, she exhibited Come & Go, an interactive dance installation at the Museums of Sheffield. She received an award for this work a part of the Surveillance Studies Art Prize 2018 and presented research at the Surveillance Beyond Borders and Boundaries Conference 2018 in Aarhus.

She exhibited work with Abandon Normal Devices in Castleton, September 2017, and exhibited work at Kabinet Muz, Brno, Czech Republic November 2017. She continues to screen works internationally over the year in venues such as the Filmwinter Festival, Stuttgart; Home Artists Film Weekender, Manchester; The London Art Fair; Golden Cinema, Sydney; Hull City of Culture; Visual Container TV; International Video Art Channel, France; The Swedenburg Society, London; The Nunnery Gallery, London, and BOX, Video Art Project Space, Milan.

In 2019, she presented her research at NAFAE Living Research: The Urgency of the Arts, Royal College of Art, March 2019; Free and Open Source Technologies, Arts and Commoning Practices: An Unconference about Art, Design, Technology, Making, Cities and their Communities, University of Nicosia Research Foundation, Cyprus, May 2019; Uncertainty, Turbulence and Moving Image Archives, University College London, June 2019 and Creative Interruptions: A Festival of Arts and Activism, British Film Institute, June 2019. New writing will be published in Surveillance and Society December 2019.

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