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Hallwalls to host filmmaker, artist and performance scholar Gavin Butt

Gavin Butt, a highly regarded filmmaker, artist and thinker whose work explores the busy intersection of visual culture and performance art, will give a talk at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (341 Delaware Ave.) as part of the Leslie-Lohman Queer Art Lecture Series.

The event will begin with a screening of the first part of Butt’s 2013 film “This Is Not a Dream.” The film looks at how the instant availability of video from the ’70s to today has affected art and performance. According to Butt, who teaches visual cultures and performance at the University of London, the film “charts a path across four decades of avant-garde experiment and radical escapism” and “traces the influences of Andy Warhol, John Waters and Jack Smith to the perverted frontiers of YouTube and Chatroulette.”

“Gavin Butt studies trashy performances with the seriousness of a theorist, the eye of a critic and the unabashed glee of a fan,” UB professor and series curator Jonathan Katz said in a statement. “He ascends to great heights propelled by the lowest of genres, and he never forgets where he came from and how he got there.”

The event, which is co-presented by Hallwalls, Squeaky Wheel, UB’s visual studies department and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City, is free. Call 854-1694 or visit www.hallwalls.org. – Colin Dabkowski

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