Museum of Non-Participation
The Daily Battle
Vivid, Birmingham
2010
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  • For The Daily Battle Karen Mirza and Brad Butler are occupying a column space in the UK/Urdu newspaper The Daily Jang (translated back into English as: The Daily Battle) as a temporary site of creative contemporary discourse about the role of art in society. Each day of the exhibition a different cultural thinker will publish an uncensored text that is their own interpretation of this context. 100 copies of 10,000 Daily Jang print run will be delivered to Vivid each morning as the focus of an installation within the exhibition.

    Column contributors include Nada Raza, Sara Wajid, Gemma Sharpe, Rahila Gupta, Auj Khan, Shanay Jhaveri, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler.

    Within the exhibition Mirza and Butler will also present their award winning film The Exception and The Rule. Shot in Pakistan in 2009, the film avoids traditional documentary modes and within the context of civil unrest, incorporates performances to camera, classic observation and public interventions. The Museum of non Participation is an ongoing interest in seeking out thresholds in language and intervening in new possible sites of exhibition and (non) participation. Mirza and Butler phrase this within their practice as an exploration of the politics of translation, translation within language and a performance of the condition of the 'untranslatable'.

    The Daily Battle is presented as part of VIVID's LANGUAGE season, a series of exhibitions, talks, and films exploring the constructs of language and meaning from far reaching cultural perspectives.

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