Anna Macdonald is an artist scholar whose work spans moving image, screendance, performance and installation and is exhibited in galleries and festivals. She is interested, influenced by Mark Johnson’s (2008) notion of bodily ‘schema,’ in using film to expose the emotional and conceptual resonance of simple actions such as, moving from ‘here to there’, ‘unfolding’ or ‘getting slower’. She specialises in working directly with the public, finding ways to intensify and articulate people’s experiences in ways that can be understood by others.
Anna’s work has being selected for festivals such as; Agite y Sirva and Muestro Movimiento, Mexico, Art Currents, New York, VideodanzBA, Argentina, Dascamdans, Belgium, Athens Videodance Project and Miden Festival, Greece and was nominated for the International Video Dance awards in Barcelona. She has exhibited nationally in galleries such as Somerset House and Arts depot, London, Home, Manchester and Blue Coat Arts Centre, Liverpool and her work was recently selected as a flagship project for Peckham platform’s AHRC funded research into socially engaged art. Alongside her free-lance work Anna is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Dance at Manchester Metropolitan University and recent articles about her practice can be found in the International Journal of Screendance, Body, Space & Technology Journal and Choreographic Practices Journal.