Brad Butler, Karen Mirza & Nabil Ahmed

The Museum of Non-Participation

This performance brings together different materials (film, text, speech) and temporarily constructs a filmic space to think through questions of resistance, and the choice and consequence of action vs. inaction: what does it mean to choose to not take part?

Karen and Brad are two of the UK’s most interesting, thoughtful (expanded1) film artists and part of the invaluable film production/ critical dialogue/ image making resource no.w.here. Nabil is an artist, writer, and musician; he often deals with issues of immigration and human rights; he’s a member of Call & Response.

 

Brad and Karen first thought of The Museum of Non Participation in 2007 when - during the Pakistani Lawyers movement in Islamabad - they viewed the protests and subsequent state violence from a window in The National Art Gallery. 

 

The Museum of Non Participation is an expanded film performance/ lecture/ intervention of texts, slides, narration, video and film; the performance charts the coming into being of The Museum of Non Participation, as an artistic, social and political experiment to define the boundaries of non-participation and resistance.2  

 

The performance brings together different materials (film, text, speech) and temporarily constructs a filmic space to think through questions of resistance, and the choice and consequence of action vs. inaction: what does it mean to choose to not take part? 

  • 1. i.e.: they make films, and they also make multi-screen, immersive, performance-based, architectural, durational film spaces.
  • 2. And which has so far variously involved, in London: English/Urdu language classes, a kind of cultural exchange space behind Yaseen’s Hairdressers on the Bethnal Green Road…; and in Karachi: performances at Sunday Bazaar, text banners around town, and newspapers as packaging for food sold by the tandoor walla’s…
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