Horticultural Time

Crafted from 901 35mm photographs using double exposure techniques, "Horticultural Time" is an intimate portrait of a mother, Magdalena Olszanowski (Magda), with her infant, set against the politics of emotional life during the Covid-19 pandemic in Montréal. Diverging from the extractive temporalities of industrial time, Magda urges us to attend to ecologies of growth, presence, touch, and play, wherein creating worlds from the ‘ongoingness’ of life with children becomes not only a gift but a potential source for societal transformation. Within the realm of childcare, a subtle transcendent song emerges, replacing linguistic determinism with a co-creative process shared by all sentient beings in their quest for self-definition. This song-work opens the horizons of intelligibility while amplifying the potentials for tender companionship.

  • Katrina Burch
  • Katrina Burch
  • Critical Media Lab
  • Magdalena Olszanowski
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 26, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    700 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    35mm analog photography
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - McGill University
  • FIFEQ (Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec)
    May 11, 2023
    North American Premiere
Director Biography - Katrina Burch

Katrina Burch is an anthropologist and artist specializing in film, music, and photography. She founded Fire Rabbit Films, a concept studio dedicated to producing sensory ethnographic films. These films focus on revealing the intricate beauty of ecological systems and their interplay with the nuanced emotional politics of everyday life.

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Director Statement

The creation of this film was inspired by a fascination with exploring listening practices, and as a mother, I was particularly attracted to the subtle details of intimacy in childcare. By engaging in affective listening, the film captures how the dynamic forces of eros transform personal stories, enhancing the awareness of a ubiquitous music that permeates all aspects of life.