As a response to ecological crisis, I consider the nonhuman and human ancestors as primary collaborators. This means finding ways of always being in relationship to them, attending to the presences, absences, love and trauma passed through bodies of people and bodies of land, through histories and presents of colonisation. I often work with trance states, vocal sound and Systemic Constellations to communicate with place and nonhuman ancestors, questioning what a nonhuman ethics might be, emergent from the literal ground(earth) up. I’m concerned with knowledges that arise through relationship to land and its consciousness, and how to re-member ways of listening that have not been taught or included in written histories.

I am indebted to many Indigenous First Nations and Native American writers, thinkers and artists, whose knowledges are mostly written out of current ecological debates in place of white scholars and discourses around new materialism and ‘material agency’. Some of these writers include Leanne Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg), Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna), Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe), as well as poet Christine Stewart and her work on the poetics of relations as a settler within Indigenous lands.

Laura has performed for Isabel Lewis, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Martin Spangberg, Josiah McElheny, at Tate Modern, ICA, and Hayward Gallery. She has made solo and collaborative work for The Yard Theatre, SPILL Festival of Performance, Live Art Development Agency; presented workshops/talks with Chalton Gallery, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, Ponderosa Dance, Siobhan Davies Studio, Birkbeck University, Royal Holloway University, Canterbury Christ Church University. She has been writer in residency with Fierce Festival, In Between Time Festival of Performance, SPILL Festival of Performance, Mayfest, and 4 Days at Arnolfini Gallery. She has been artist in residency with Cove Park Scotland, Earthdance USA, Performing Arts Forum France, Female Trouble Berlin and Betonest Berlin. Laura is a PhD candidate in Fine Art at the University of Goldsmiths, London, completing a practice-based research project.

Her practice is nourished, challenged, invigorated by a community of makers and thinkers she is in direct conversation with or inspired from afar by. Some of these include Shelley Etkin, Jo Blake, Siobhan Ni Dhiunnin, Bhanu Kapil, Jade Montserrat, Maria Scarroni, Stephanie Maher, Katye Coe, Liz Aggiss, Ria Hartley, Karen Christopher, Janine Harrington, Simone Kenyon, Jo Hellier, Paul Hughes, Jassem Hindi, Johanna Linsley, Roni Katz, Liz Rosenfeld, Xenia Taniko, Rana Hamadeh, Oreet Ashery and many more. Links to their websites coming soon.

You can email me at laura-burns@live.co.u