Noor and Brad are currently making feature films and exhibitions. Their first feature film will launch in 2019. Their most recent installation work is The Scar (2018) on State enforced disappearance
Exhibitions and video works.
Between 2008 and 2016 Noor and Brad’s art practice was framed as a fictional institution. This ‘Museum of Non Participation’ sought to confront (non) participation as a neoliberal condition and a threshold— between forms of resistance and forces of oppression.
As part of the Museum of non Participation, Noor and Brad made multiple works that they called ‘Acts’ including Deep State (2012) - a science fiction-inflected protest "training film”, Hold Your Ground (2011) a video conceived as a form of protest in Canary Wharf Tube Station and the installation The Unreliable Narrator (2014) on political intimacy, terrorism and the condition of permanent emergency.
Socially Engaged Practice
Launched with Artangel Interaction, The Museum of non Participation situated itself as a museum without walls, inspired by its founders experiences moving between their home in Bethnal Green and the city of Karachi in Pakistan from 2007-2009. The resulting ‘socially engaged practice’ from 2007-2016 included interventions, newspapers, wall chalking, reading groups, language exchange, performance lectures, audioworks, walks, political theatre, and Speech Acts. The Museum launched in London in a space behind a barbers shop on Bethnal Green Road where Butler and Mirza hosted a space for language exchange between Urdu and English Speakers. A newspaper collecting a multitude voices on this project was published as a supplement in collaboration with one of Pakistan's largest media grouos: the Daily Jang. The Museum culminated in 2016 in a solo exhibition at the Sydney Biennale.: ‘The Embassy of non Participation.
Prior to 2008 works by Noor and Brad included structural films and expanded cinema works including: Non Places (1999), Where a straight line meets a curve (2003) and the Space Between (2005). From 1998-2018 Brad and Noor were co-director's of the artist film lab no.w.here through which they ran hundreds of workshops and film screenings. no.w.here re-invigorated the analogue film equipment formerly from London Filmmakers Co-operative and The Lux Centre re-establishing and making available 16mm and super 8 equipment, training, processing and film techniques in a building in Bethnal Green. Longer term research projects supported the space including The Free Cinema School and Implicated Theatre created with the Serpentine Galleries Center for Possible Studies, Experimenta Indian Film Festival in Mumbai, the Cinema of Prayoga at the Tate Modern, the no.w.here summer school, the Measures Lecture Series and the Artist Film Publication: Sequence. In 2018 no.w.here was handed to a younger generation who are running a POC workers co-operative: not/nowhere.
Awards and commissions
Brad Butler and Noor Afshan Mirza were nominated for the Jarman Award in 2012, The Artes Mundi Award 2015, and they were winners of Artist Film International 2015 and the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual artists 2015. Their works have been commissioned by Artangel, the Hayward gallery, The Sydney Biennale, Film London, Film and Video Umbrella, the Serpentine Gallery and The Walker Arts Centre.
Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler are represented by PiARTWORKS
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