Martin Butler is a British born interdisciplinary artist, and stage director. His work has always bridged and combined various disciplines, dance, theatre, music, film, performance, new media, and fashion, and through this interdisciplinary approach his work explores the new dramatic that the combination of different genres facilitate.
Since 1998 he has been creating performance work, at various theatres and festivals internationally, this season he is developing and directing a new opera for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin based upon the life and death of Gianni Versace.
His new media and installation work has been shown in the Istanbul Modern, Beijing Design Wee, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Fundación Telefonica in Lima, Istanbul Design Biennale, Amsterdam Museum, Olympus Photography Playground in Berlin, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem and Mediamatic, amongst many others.
On the Olympus Perspective Playground in Barcelona Martin Butler shows the installation:
“ø” is a performative installation by the artist and stage director that plays with the optical illusions of depth and perspective, that makes each visitor a central performer to the work.
Hidden in the title is the trick of the illusion, as the viewer enters into a theatrical surrealist space inspired by danish design, a twisted reality becomes apparent, where nothing is as it first seems from the outside.
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portrait by Gautier Pellegrin