Artist Talk: Rose Butler

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Open Eye Gallery

19 Mann Island

Liverpool

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Rose Butler discusses the use of alternative soft / hardware and surveillance within her practice as part of LOOK Photo Biennial 2019

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Rose is an artist, researcher and senior lecturer of Fine Art using 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.

To make work, Rose's process involves getting access to a restricted area (Parliament, archives, border sites, courts), to have a look, to document and to amass material to work with.

Rose’s current exhibition at Decad, Berlin (Oct 2019 – Jan 2020) brings together a body of work developed as part of doctoral study. For eight months she followed the Investigatory Powers Bill (aka The Snooper’s Charter) on its passage through the Houses of Parliament. During this observation she used analogue devices; a Minox Cold War spy camera and a 1980s Dictaphone to document Parliament in areas where recording is not permitted. Alongside this observation Rose selected historical surveillance material from the Stasi Film and Video Archive, Berlin. This included training material for agents alongside surveillance footage documented on hidden cameras. The transcoded, sometimes sabotaged or anonymised material contains historical layering and witnessing of oppression and resistance. These works begin to raise ethical questions surrounding state surveillance and privacy and teeter on the edges of freedoms.

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Open Eye Gallery

19 Mann Island

Liverpool

L3 1BP

United Kingdom

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