Rose Butler South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Rose is an artist, researcher, senior lecturer of Fine Art. Her artwork weaves political commentary, personal account and fiction to examine the narratives that surround and shape us. These projects have used 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 works with video, photography, sound, animation and installation. She is completing doctoral study on the ethics and politics of looking considered through surveillance and arts practice. Current practice based research stems from a long observation in the Houses of Parliament of the Investigatory Powers Bill aka The Snoopers Charter in 2016. As part of this she is carrying out research at the Stasi Records Agency Berlin into surveillance and training material from and for hidden cameras.
Rose exhibits her new work in a solo show at Decad, Berlin October 2019 - January 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. This year 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.
She is a board member of Bloc Projects. Before she came to Sheffield she lived and worked in London where she founded the educational charity Zoom In Photography and worked at Chisenhale Studios as Education Co-ordinator. She has worked freelance for Site Gallery, Tate Britain and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and provided master classes and artist talks for festivals, arts organisations and universities.