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Katrina Burch

L4E PhD Fellow – McGill University


Katrina Burch Joosten is a PhD student at McGill University researching the roles of listening in Indigenous spiritual politics and self-determination movements; cosmovisions of more-than-human relations; and the roles that affect and intimacy play in ecological practices of sustainability and care. Her synthetic doctorate (combining artistic practice) explores the ephemeral and poetic tensions between timing and place in the intricacies of relational forest-based food sovereignty and mother and child reproductive health. Katrina aims to inspire environmental stewardship through artistic leadership, and to encourage partnerships with inter-peoples’ alliances through collaborative documentary film and extended reality (XR) music composition. In syncopation with her academic work, Katrina is a synaesthetic mother, visual artist, and electroacoustic musician and composer. Her artistic pseudonym Yoneda Lemma (since 2013) connects with the poetics of listening and abstraction, and has been described as phantasmagoric, kaleidoscopic, and cosmological in scope. Katrina draws upon the discrete poetic details of everyday life using field recordings, found footage, composed instrumentals, and synthetic or algorithmic accompaniments. She has presented her works internationally, at the new forms festival (vancouver); muzeum sztuki (łódz); tate britain, café oto and the ica (london); at the hkw and maerzmusik (berlin); bienal sesc de dança 2017 (saõ paulo) (among other locations).

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