Competitions / Awards / Grants
FLAMIN productions award, 2016
Delfina Foundation Residency, The Public Domain, 2015
Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Artists 2015
The Museum of non Participation is nominated for Artes Mundi 6 (2014)
Deep State and Hold Your Ground are shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2012
Creative Capital Award for Direct Speech Acts 2012
Mirza/Butler are shortlisted for a FLAMIN production award for a new work: Direct Speech Acts: on language as violence.
December 2011 - February 2012: Artists in residence at The Global Contemporary, Artworlds after 1989 ZKM
Nov 15th - January 2011. Karen Mirza and Brad Butler take up residence at the Townhouse Gallery Cairo
June: The Exception and the Rule is First PrizeAward winner at The 22nd Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival
Selected for the EMARE 2009 residency at Werkleitz.
2009 The Exception and the Rule is Nominated for the Transmediale Award in Berlin
Winner of the 2008/9 production grant of the The Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation Madrid
2008 Film London Grant
2008 Vasl Residency Karachi Pakistan in collaboration with Gasworks
Published texts in Books / Journals
Chapter in Anthropology and Art Practice Editor(s): Arnd Schneider, Christopher Wright 2013
Interview for Walker Arts Centre Magazine: The Museum of non Participation: The New Deal
The Museum of Non Participation is the main feature in Kaleidoscope Magazine
Art Review Issue 39: The Future NOW Greats: What artists are interested in today
Art Monthly Profile & Front cover on Karen Mirza and Brad Butler. Article by Maxa Zoller 2010
Artists at Work: Karen Mirza and Brad Butler. interview by Gemma Sharpe for Afterall online 2010
Cinema of Prayoga: Indian Experimental film and Video, no.w.here 2007
Jackie Hatfield, Experimental Film and Video, Publisher: John Libbey 2006
This must be the place Vertigo Magazine Vol 3. No.1 Summer Quarterly.
Event Horizon: Angles of Projection Vertigo online Magazine Vol 3. No2 Summer/Autumn 2006
Art in-sight Reflections on Emerging: New British Artists Film and Video, Filmwaves issue 30
Close Up, Filmwaves issue 29
Nicky Hamlyn, Film Art Phenomena, BFI 2003
Reading the Light Filmwaves Issue 17 Volume 1/2002 Publisher: Obraz productions Ltd.
Kodak Incamera Filmwaves Issue 17 Volume 3, 2001. Publisher: Obraz productions Ltd
New York New York Filmmaker Update, Oct 2000. Issue 10.
Exhibitions / Talks / Screenings / Performances: 2008/16
The Sydney Biennale March - May 2016
The Unreliable Narrator, Whitechapel Gallery January - March 2015
Mirrorcity, Hayward Gallery, London, October 2014 - January 2015
Artes Mundi, Cardiff, October 2014 - February 2015
The Unreliable Narrator, waterside contemporary, June 11-August 11th, London, Uk
Science Fiction: New Death, curated by Omar Kholeif and Mike Stubbs, FACT, Liverpool, UK
Per/Form, 10th March 2014. curated by Chantal Pontbriand, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, ES
Meeting Point: beyond my body, with Hicham Benohoud, Jesse Weaver Shipley, Marta Popivoda & Ana Vujanovic, Gwenola Wagon & Stephane Degoutin, Penny Siopis, Hiwa K., curated by Oliver Marboeuf, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, DE
Gesture, curated by Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Wrttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, DE
January 15th 2014: The Committee for Channel 4 Random Acts
January 8th - Feb 28th 2014. Solo show Derin Devlet at Galeri NON Istanbul
November 26 to 5 January 2014. The Museum of Gesture, La Capella, Barcelona
October 12 to 27. 2013 Avoiding Utopias, Werkleitz Festival, Halle/Salle
November 19th 2013. The Guest of Citation performance at Performa 13 NYC
October 11th to 7 December 2013. Meeting Point: Beyond My Body. Khiasma, Paris
August 30th to 6 October 2013 quand dire, c'est faire. Articule, Montreal
April-July 2013. Solo exhibition of the Museum of non Participation: The New Deal. Walker Arts Centre. USA Walker Arts Centre.
Mid October to November 2012. The Museum of non Participation performance at VIVO within the context of "Institutions by Artists The Convention", Vancouver Canada,
October 14th 2012 Institutions by Artists: Karen Mirza and Brad Butler Talk: Vancouver.
Sept - mid October 2012: New commission and residency exhibition in collaboration with the Blackwood Gallery Toronto and South Asian Visual Arts Centre SAVAC
Parallel Events Manifesta 9. Small Acts of Disobedience. A collection of performative actions, realized in response to the abuse of laws as they impact on specific local communities and spaces. Manifesta 9 presents three works loaned to the S.A.D archive by Tim Etchells, Mirza & Butler and Portland Green.
June 1 2012: Right of Refusal Group Exhibition opening: Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Bassam el Baroni, Adelita Husni-Bey, Samir El Kordy, Yazan Khalili, Jean-Luc Godard, Grupa Spomenik, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Ulrike Maeller/Sherif Sonbol, Olaf Nicolai, The Otolith Group, Milica Tomic, Simon Wachsmuth, and Arthur Zalewski.
26/28 May 2012. Paris Symposium: The Artist as Ethnographer, with Ariella Azoulay (Tel Aviv), Peggy Buth (Berlin), T.J. Demos (London), Clementine Deliss (Francfort), Faye Ginsburg (New York City), Jennifer Gonzalez (New York City), Joachim Koester (Berlin), Benoit de Lestoile (Paris), George Marcus (Irvine), Maureen Murphy (Paris), Karen Mirza & Brad Butler (London), Fred Wilson (New York City), Trinh T Minh Ha (San Francisco) - Panel moderator with Erik Bullot, Patricia Falguires, Giovanna Zapperi
24th May, 2012 Talk at London Review Books: Deep State. China Mieville, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler. To coincide with their collaboration on their new film project Deep State, author China Mieville is joined in conversation by artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler.
9th may 2012 Preview. Hackney Picture House, 10th May Ritzy Brixton. Deep State is a film by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler that has been scripted in collaboration with author China Mieville. The film takes its title from the Turkish term Derin Devlet, meaning state within the state. Although its existence is impossible to verify, this shadowy nexus of special interests and covert relationships is the place where real power is said to reside, and where fundamental decisions are made decisions that often run counter to the outward impression of democracy.
28th April - 27th May 2012: Hold Your Ground premiere in The City in the City: Canary Wharf Station
6th - 28th March 2012: An Exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery The Centre for Possible Studie
December 9th 2011: Museum Show at Aronolfini will be a large-scale exhibition - a museum of museums - displaying this comprehensive selection of highly idiosyncratic, semi-fictional institutions. Presented at Arnolfini in two chapters, it will be the first exhibition to chart this particular tendency in modern and contemporary art.
October 9th to November 5th 2011: waterside contemporary is pleased to announce the inaugural show in its new gallery space in Hoxton. "They don't know why, but they keep doing it" brings together six artists whose practices reflect on the role of ideology in a post-ideological landscape. :
September 17th 2011: Istanbul, nowiswere and gallerie Non present: The Museum of non participation performance: Non Stage Istanbul
June 10th Tokyo 2011: Hors Pistes Tokyo and Centre Pompidou present the Exception and the Rule.
May 28th Belgrade 2011: Misker Festival panel discussion Misker Festival Belgrade
April 4th 2011: Rethink: Idea, Output, Exchange: a three-part art project designed to coincide with the end of the current government spending review period. It is the last output from Portland Green Cultural Projects current ACE-funded programme of work.
2nd March 2011: Talk: Direct Speech Acts; Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art
5th Febuary 2011. The Exception and the Rule screens as part of Hors Pistes 2011 at Centre Pompidou
Dec 11-19th 2010. The Exception and the Rule screens as part of: What is to be done ? art/film/politics at Centre Pompidou Que Faire?
VIVID: The Daily Battle Thursday 04 - Saturday 20 Nov 2010 | KAREN MIRZA & BRAD BUTLER are occupying a column space in the UK/Urdu newspaper The Daily Jang (translated back into English as: The Daily Battle) as a temporary site of creative contemporary cultural discourse about the role of art in society. Each day of the exhibition a different cultural thinker will publish a text that is their own interpretation of this context. The Daily Jang is the Uk's largest newspaper dedicated to news between Pakistan and the UK, it is available in many newsagents across the UK and 100 copies will be delivered to VIVID each morning as the focus of an installation within the exhibition.
October 27th: The lure of the lens in art practice and research methods Cultural Heritage, Mobility and Visual Practices. Talk at Tate Britain.
The Showrooms: 21st October 2010: 2010 Turner Prize nominees Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar of The Otolith Group join forces with Karen Mirza and Brad Butler from no.w.here to discuss the distinguishing principles of artistic practice that features research, curation and polemic as well as film and video production. Exploring the likely future for such artist-led initiatives, this event will be chaired and hosted by curators Emily Pethick and Steven Bode.
September 25th: The Exception and the Rule screens at Video_Dumbo: Choosing Sides.
September 4th Strategies of Participation: OK Talk Design dialogues between Helsinki and London. Ok Talk
May 2010 Disturbances Pre Planned from the Museum of non Participation is installed with Waterside Project Space at the Vienna Art Fair Europe's only international trade fair for contemporary art focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. Vienna Art Fair
April 27th: The Exception and the Rule screens in Osnabruek. The Emperor's New Clothes: Clothes make the man. They follow the dictates of fashion and the fashion of dictators. The movie camera observes and brings to light the naked reality of political power.
The Emperor's New Clothes
April 15 2010 Filmarmalade Presents The Exception and the Rule and Where a Straight Line Meets a Curve at IMT Gallery. Followed by a round table discussion with Andrew Fisher (associate editor of the journal Philosophy of Photography), Eyal Weizman (Director of the Centre of Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University) and Gordon Shrigley (Filmarmalade)
April 11 2010 6pm : Performance intervention All that Remains... the Teenagers of Socialism at Waterside Project Space What will the next revolution look like?
April 2 2010: Screening of Mirza/Butler works: Les Seances du collectif Jeune Cinema: Carte blanche a la revue Derives: le travail du document Collectif Jeune Cinema
March 2010, Doha, Art Dubai: Discussion, 'Institution As Moment' is a continuation of the Global Art Forum's exploration of crucial moments, gathering representatives from various international projects which test the definition and boundaries of the word institution. Chairperson is Anton Vidokle, artist and founder of e-flux. He is joined by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler from The Museum of Non Participation in London, Janna Graham and Amal Khalaf from The Centre for Possible Studies at London's Serpentine Gallery and Khalil Rabah, creator of The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankind.
March 2010 Performance at Casa Encendida, Madrid
Play. Festival de cine en directo
Feb 2010 SCREENING IN GENERAL#15 Images I wish I had filmed but couldn't - The screening is a live-production with a set of components performed at General Public, Berlin
Jan / Feb 2010 First ever Artangel podcast. Jem Finer reflects on ten years of his 1000-year long composition Longplayer, followed by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler discussing their Karachi- and London-spanning Artangel Interaction project The Museum of Non Participation.
January 2010 The Exception and the Rule is shown in The Festival Les Inattendus,
January 2010 Perfomance of The Museum of non Participation at Le Centre de la Photographie Geneve in context of 'Act of state: Une histoire photographie de l occupation israelienne 1967 - 2007'
December 2009 Artists presentation of The Museum of non Participation at Arab Shorts.net in Cairo
12th November 2009 Karen Mirza presents and participates in 'Atmospheres of participation: art, media, politics' at Goldsmiths
November 2009 The Exception and the Rule is shown in The Cinema Project Portland, at DIM cinema in Vancouver and the Courtisane festival in Ghent Belgium
November 2009 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam: screening of The Exception and the Rule.
November 2009 The Exception and the Rule is Nominated for the Transmediale Award in Berlin
October 9th 2009 Performance and exhibition at .move new european media art festival Halle (Saale), Germany
October 3rd 2009 New York Film Festival premiere of The Exception and the Rule followed by October 25th Uk premiere at the London Film Festival
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler's Artangel commission The Museum of Non Participation explores how violence inherent in political structures are played out in social spaces working with Pakistani communities in Karachi and London.
May 2009. Artists Talk : Efeito Cinema Maio: Karen Mirza e Brad Butler, Museu Da Imagem E Do Som
Saturday 7th March 2009. Artists Talk : The General and the Specific, 3-6pm, Gasworks
Friday 27th February 2009. The Museum of Non Participation performance commissioned by Fatos Ustek for the Immortality Exhibition at TENT Rotterdam
The Museum of Non Participation intervention gallery talk at the Indian Highway exhibition the Serpentine Gallery London 10th Jan 2009
Exhibitions up to 2007
Filmische Wahrheiten - Hedelberger Kuntsverein Novemeber 2007
Instructions for Films Zoo Art Fair London October 2007
They Do Things Differently There St Pancras Parish Church, London September 2007 Roza Mira, Moscow September 2007 The Glass Stare, presented by Lumen April 2007
The Expanded Eye. Stalking the Unseen Kunsthaus Zurich September 2006
Moving Frame Royal College of Art September 2006
Magazine Edinburgh Sculpture Workshops August 2006
Angles of Projection Triangle Gallery, Chelsea College of Art & Design July 2006
New Work UK The Chemical Effect curated by Will Rose, Whitechapel Gallery March 2006
Light Reading no.w.here retrospective at Nova, Brussels, December 2005
Architecture & Film Biennale, Graz November 2005
Chronic Epoch, Beaconsfield Gallery November 2005
A Certain Tendency in Representation, Thomas Dane Gallery, London September 2005
Vertical and Horizontal, Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, London September 2005
Actual Space II Kingsgate Gallery September 2005 Sound Track The Space Between, Expanded film performance, Bullion Theatre, Hackney August 2005
Young Masters The Glass Stare Group show Clerkenwell July 2005
Light Reading Karen Mirza and Brad Butler retrospective at Site Gallery Sheffield, June 2005
Light Reading Karen Mirza and Brad Butler retrospective at Lumen, Leeds May 2005
Mementoes and Curiosities London Architecture Biennale June 2004
Open(ed) Spaces - Hudson Valley College, New York April 2004
Where a Straight Line Meets a Curve - Ikon Gallery Birmingham October 2003.
Two Places and One Material - Monasterio de la Cartuja. Sevilla. October 2003.
Sculpture of The Screen - Expanded cinema, and single screen programme. Tate Britain, July 2003.
Where a straight Line meets a Curve sound piece. Days Like These: Tate Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary British Art Tate Britian Febraury 26 - May 26 2003.
Where a Straight Line Meets a Curve twin screen film installation. Lux Open Lower Gulbenkian Gallery, RCA 24th April - 28th April 2003
Site/Non Site Goliath Visual Space, New York. May 2002.
Non Places, solo show. Marble Arch subway intersection London. 11th November 1999. Presented as part of Architecture Week, sponsored by the Arts Council of England. Site specific film and sound installation.
Screenings / International Film and Video festivals up to 2007
Sound Source, ICA London August 2007 Where a Straight Line Meets a Curve, Architecture & Film Biennale, Graz December 2005
The Space Between London Film Festival October 2005
The Space Between New York Film Festival September 2005
Experiments in Moving Image, Where a Straight Line Meets a Curve Twin screen film installation. Westminster, July 2004
Where a Straight Line Meets a Curve, Channai India July 2004
Where a Straight Line Meets a Curve, Experimenta Mumbai India February 2004
The Electric Cinema Birmingham.
Hudson Valley College, NYC.
291 Gallery, Light Reading, London.
E-m arts, Naples.
The San Francisco Art Institute, USA.
Gian Carla Zanutti Gallery, Rome. Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo.
291 Gallery. Light Reading, London.
Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, Rarely seen established and emerging British Artists Film and Video. New York.
Lux Centre for Film, Video & Digital Arts, Real and Imaginary Spaces. London.
Royal College of Art. Playing amongst the ruins. London. Hedah, Amsterdam.
Filmwaves launch at The Lux Centre for Film, Video & Digital Arts, Mute Loops. London.
Lux Centre for Film, Video and Digital Arts, D-Net. London. Supported by the Arts Council of England.
Institut Francais dArchitectur, Paris.
Architecture Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands BBC British Short Film Festival, London. National Film and Television Theatre, Other British Cinema, London.
ICA, Uncut. London.
Experimenta Media Arts, Melbourne, Australia.
Cinema de Balie, New British Cinema, Amsterdam.
Lux Centre for Film, Video and Digital Arts, Monuments and mise-en-scene, London.
Stuttgart Media Art Festival, Germany. Dokument Art Film Festival, Germany.
The Tate Gallery, London.
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