Katja is a collaborative artist, researcher and teacher, and her work includes performance, installation, documentation and writing, and it engages with memory and contemporary performance, remembering/mis-remembering as a form of creative spectatorship; constraint as artistic stimulus, site-responsive performance and ideas surrounding maintenance, care and enchantment. Further details can be found on her website.
Katja has degrees from Queen Mary University of London (PhD and MA) and Goldsmiths (BA).
Katja is the convenor of Theatre Making 3 for which she teaches the Live Art option. She also teaches on Questions of Performance and Theatre Making 2, and lectures on Analytic Vocabularies (Year 1) and Modernisms and Postmodernity (Year 2).
Her teaching specialisms range from Live Art and installation to devising, directing, dramaturgy and performing, and from performance analysis and contemporary European performance to 20th and 21st century theatre and criticism and postdramatic practices in performance.
Katja often works in collaboration with other artists and professionals, and her most recent work, together with healthcare professionals, explores ideas surrounding domestic labour and motherhood. They have begun to think about performative ways to re-imagine the relationship between mothers and other carers and the cared for, while also bearing in mind the importance of the shared and public space of carers.
For the last ten years she has also been involved in an ongoing collaboration with Emily Orley, which has involved maintenance performances, a range of performance installations (Brief Encounters (or The Breaking of Images)) and performative papers (which have come under the heading Making Making Matter). They are interested in exploring ideas surrounding the ethics of delight, image-making, and the ephemerality of performance, but also promoting the value of practice research in the Academy.