The Autonomous Object?

Talent Showcase 2008
  • Scheme: LAFVA
  • People: Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler

The Autonomous Object? Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2007
  • Year of release: 2008
  • Shooting format: 16mm, silent
  • Artist Schemes: Film London Jarman Award, Random Acts, FLAMIN Productions


  • Artist: Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler

Made over the space of three years, Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler’s latest expanded film work - 'The Autonomous Object?' - takes the form of a boxed object. Contained within the box are sculptural materials; a series of camera rolls recorded using the same performative shooting strategy in India, Pakistan, New York and London; and a number of small printed cards containing instructions. Typically open-ended, these instructions are to be interpreted by anyone who wishes to show the work. In this instance selected reels will be configured for a cinematic context. Exploring complex politicised ideas concerning the infra-thin space between camera and subject, each take is at once a staging of the self, a document of a place and a mirror image of itself.

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