DR Danny Butt

DR Danny Butt


  • Art Theory
  • Cultural Theory
  • Media and Cultural Studies



  • Dr. Danny Butt coordinates the Master of Arts and Community Practice at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. His book Artistic Research in the Future Academy was published by Intellect/University of Chicago Press in 2017. From 2007-2012 he taught in the Critical Studies programme at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. 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). His book Artistic Research in the Future Academy will be published in 2017. 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).   


Member of

  • 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; social theory (especially feminist and postcolonial theory); history of knowledge systems; intercultural practices; political economy of new media platforms; colonisation and aesthetics.