About

I am a London based artist working across choreography, poetry and live art practices. My research is concerned with excavating alternative paradigms to patriarchal and colonial epistemologies – through site-specific and land-based performance, witch methodologies, divination, spiritual practices and systems constellations. I am particularly influenced by Native and First Nations (North American) methodologies and mythologies as sites of decolonial resistance.

I often work with land as primary collaborator, exploring relational, material-lead and sound-based methods for communicating with the nonhuman. This ecological concern is inherently a feminist one; alternative ways of knowing carry historical trauma and absence, hence divination as an artistic method is charged with the imprints of silence, forgetting and violence on the bodies and communities who practiced them.

Performances, sculpture, film and sound work arising from these encounters is concerned with (re-)activating the perceptions and slippages opened up by such modes of knowing, in order to access (new)/ancient relationships between time, place, language, material bodies, symbol and gesture. Memory stored in human, non-human bodies, sound and the body of the land, are imagined as substances from which to remember possible futures.

I am a Tutor of Critical Studies on the BA Fine Art Degree at Goldsmiths University, where I am pursuing a practice-based PhD. I also work as a Kundalini yoga teacher, researching Naad (sound work) in spiritual practice, and I am training in and developing a form of system constellations specific to creative practice.

 

For workshops, performances and projects you can email me at laura-burns@live.co.uk