Dr. Danny Butt

Dr. Danny Butt

University of Melbourne



  • Art Theory
  • Cultural Theory
  • Media and Cultural Studies


  • Dr. Danny Butt is Associate Director (Research) at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where he also coordinates programmes in Social Practice and Community Engagement. His book Artistic Research in the Future Academy was published by Intellect/University of Chicago Press in 2017. He is the editor of PLACE: Local Knowledge and New Media Practice (with Jon Bywater and Nova Paul) (Cambridge Scholars Press 2008) and Internet Governance: Asia Pacific Perspectives (Elsevier 2006). He works with the Auckland-based collective Local Time <http://www.local-time.net>, whose work engages the dynamics of visitor and host in the context of mana whenua and discourses of indigenous self-determination. Recent sites for Local Time projects have included Waitangi (2017), Mangere maunga (2014) and the Waitemata Harbour (2013) in Aotearoa New Zealand; Footscray, Australia (2014); Delhi, India (2013); and Rarotonga, Cook Islands (2015).   

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Member of

  • Society for Artistic Research. Member 2017 -
  • ORBICOM International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications. Associate Member 2003 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2012
  • MA, Macquarie University 2005
  • CAT, Waikato Polytechnic 2001

Awards and honors

  • Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Excellence in Research, Macquarie University, 2005


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Currently supervising masters and doctoral theses in practice-based and traditional research. Particular interests include research methodologies (both artistic and qualitative research); social theory (especially feminist, postcolonial and critical race theory); history of knowledge systems; intercultural practices; political economy of new media platforms; neoliberal ethics and aesthetics.

    Current and Recent Research Supervisions
    Tania Cañas, Conscientization: Theatre of the Oppressed with refugees, Australia
    Sean Dockray, The expanded essay as a mode of practice
    Russell Kerr, A Social Design Practice: Proposing a design duality; reflective graphic design practice in rural communities.
    Maddy Macfarlane, Radio as Research, Learning from Listening: Australian community radio as public ethnomusicology
    Amy Spiers, The effective capacities of disruption, discomfort and critique: fomenting dissensus in socially-engaged and site-reponsive art.

    Adam Douglass: Aesthetic Systems of Participatory Painting: Communicating in Third Space and mental wellbeing in Tonga
    Beth Sometimes: Apmere Angkentye-Kenhe: Language as a music playing us
    Christie Widiarto, Aesthetics of Change: Multiculturalism and the street art of Footscray