Laura Burns

Crossing Borders | 29 October 2019 | 7-8:30pm

Autonomous Flesh; Autonomous Stone.
Unearthing Relationships to Shifting Ecologies

Laura Burns and Liz Rosenfeld

Laura Burns introduces her ongoing work with the River Wyre (Lancashire) and its river stones, a practice of communicating with the nonhuman and human ancestors, and the legacies of such immaterial or spirit labour embedded in bodies of land and bodies of flesh.
Liz Rosenfeld will discuss her creative connection to her flesh as an autonomous material, and how this relationship has informed a non-binary perspective that is not explicitly linked to gender, but rather, embodiment, shifting ecologies, and performance practices.

Together we will explore our divergent practices and approaches to ecologies, queer futurity and the nonhuman. What is the shifting role of stewardship in relation to autonomous bodies of flesh, ecologies and entanglements between? How might pedagogies of relation arise from the land and ecologies of river, stone, flesh; what might be necessary for including these voices or theories in and as a political future? What kind of resistance do ceremony and choreographies of the spirit realm perform and what kinds of problems emerge through these practices? What might lateral kinships offer as modes of performing futures not centred on humans surviving nature?


Laura Burns works at the intersection of writing, performance, dance and healing practices. Completing an PhD in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University, her research considers the nonhuman and human ancestors as primary collaborators, finding ways of listening to them and centering their voices in political futures. She is concerned with the relationship between ceremony and performance practices; training in Family Constellations and Kundalini Yoga underpin this practice. Much of her work happens on the land without a human audience; she is constantly questioning this labour and the role of nonhuman witnesses in performance. She has made solo and collaborative work for The Yard Theatre, SPILL Festival of Performance, Live Art Development Agency, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin; performed in the UK and Internationally for Isabel Lewis, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Josiah McElheny.