Using speculative fiction as a departing narrative model, A.K. Burns has been developing a project that documents a fictional society and its relationship to territories, nature, resources, and technology. Burns has been shooting video on public lands in the deserts of southern Utah, and the landscape has become an organizing principle for many aspects of Burns’ work and research in which both land and bodies have shifting boundaries or definitions.
Burns’ current research synthesizes various related sources including Johanna Russ’ feminist science-fiction novel The Female Man, Ursula Le Guin’s themes on androgynous races and eco-feminist anarchist ideologies, as well as interspecies sexuality and questions of agency and desire from Samuel Delany’s works. Burns has also been gleaning thematic content from Leo Bersani’s Homos for its anti-assimilation politics and influential essays by Donna Haraway and Karen Barad’s materialist feminism and concepts of agential realism.
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