John Butler


FILE Sao Paulo 2022 | Avant Digital Art
Electronic Language International Festival



UnParent is a series of life lessons, in which children learn from the machine. A gamified scenario set teaches them the essentials in a fun manner, but at night, they steal away to their secret hiding place to play in their own way. Eventually their preparation is complete, and they must take their place as the child soldiers of the forever war.


John Butler was born in Dublin in 1959. Studied Drawing & Painting and Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Lives and works in Glasgow as 3dD animator. Has exhibited and screened media art work extensively in the UK and abroad, and has produced work for broadcast in UK for BBC2 and Channel 4 and E4. Interactive work has been commissioned by Tramway, Glasgow, Lovebytes, Sheffield, and ISEA/FACT, Manchester. His work has also been screened at European media art festivals Impakt, Kassel Dokfest, Emaf, and Transmediale.