After BUTT explores the social and cultural legacy of the iconic gay magazine BUTT. Within the film transcribed interviews with original contributors are re-voiced by a group of young gay men. Noted for its iconic pink pages and candid interviews; we hear the group sharing sexually charged narratives and frank reflections. In an act of storytelling between generations the film also interrogates BUTT’s imbalances, raising questions around the magazines handling of race and gender. There is a playful relationship with language in the film: words becoming transferable between originators and speakers. Giles continues his employment of first-hand research, participatory workshops and verbatim theatre as structures to produce a social network and film.
Ian Giles (b.1985, UK) completed his MFA in 2012 at the Slade School of Fine Art. He was a LUX Associate Artist 2012/13. Recent exhibitions, screenings and performances include: After BUTT, Chelsea Space, London (2018); Multiplexing II, Cineworld Cinema, Glasgow with LUX Scotland (2017); AsToAsIsTo a collaboration with the Youth Forum, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Connected Works, Harvard University, Cambridge USA (2016); m-Health, Cell Project Space, London (2015); Videoclub: Selected IV UK national tour including Nottingham Contemporary (2014); The In Between, Carroll/Fletcher, London (2013); 21st Century Screening, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012) and Whitstable Biennale (2010). He was a resident at Hospitalfield, Scotland in 2017 and awarded a Production Bursary by Spike Island and The Centre For Moving Image Research 2016.
The film was commissioned by Chelsea Space (2018) and funded by Arts Council England and supported by Hospitalfield, Scotland.
Ian Giles, After BUTT (2018). Film still.