Katayoon Yousefbigloo, Artist – “Vancouver”

Katayoon Yousefbigloo is an interdisciplinary artist and musician. Through video, music, writing, and visual art she examines how media shapes our mythologies. Reverse engineering cultural narratives, she uses speculative fiction as a framework through which to imagine alternate realities and their commercial potentials. Unrelatedly, she is pursuing franchise opportunities for her musical project Puzzlehead.
Katayoon is currently an MFA candidate at the School of Contemporary Arts at SFU. Her photographs are included in UNIT/PITT’s online exhibition I spy…, which is on view until December 31.

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d12a1kJ0bL8

This Red House Painters’ song. I think I may be going through a more adult, refined, emo phase.

  1. The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner

I read this right before Covid really hit and was terrified by its dystopian predictions. It really laid bare the intricate structures surrounding global crises, like aid delivery and inequity, corporate disaster profiteering, and decentralized social movements, to name a few. Now it reads like non-fiction.

  1. Enigmatic philosopher Byung-Chul Han

I always thought I’d be a cult leader, not a cult follower, but these days I feel like I’m constantly preaching Han to prospective converts.

  1. YouTube tutorials

My favourite YouTube tutorials are YouTube tutorial YouTube tutorials. I guess you can say I believe in alternative pedagogy.

  1. Making everything a Dragon’s Den pitch

“Dragons, may I present to you the world’s first sustainable, vegan, organic dog bone: the Better Bone (Definitely Not Just a Carrot). For every Better Bone sold, we will plant a tree for an underprivileged child in our One-for-Bone program. A Better Bone for A Better World. We’re asking for $500, 000 for a 10% stake in our social venture. So, Dragons, throw us a bone. Or better yet, a Better Bone!”