Ways of doing things by Anna Macdonald

Date:Sat 30 - Sun 31 Oct & Tue 02 - Wed 03 Nov
Venue:Online Event

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Ways of doing things explores the lure and comfort of searching for pattern within the vast fields of data we encounter everyday.

It is a live, highly visual, performance by dance/moving image artist Anna Macdonald inspired by the Human Cell Atlas (HCA) project; an international collaborative consortium creating reference maps of all human cell types as a basis for understanding human health and for treating disease. To make the work, responding to the complex issue of tissue donation within medical research, Anna worked for six months with people who are experts in giving and receiving; one, a group of transplant recipients and the other, a group of young care-givers. What emerged from these conversations are layers of images and movement that sit playfully together, gently provoking thought about issues of consent, donation and what might be saved and lost within processes of mapping.

During the performance, which is experienced by one viewer at a time, people are invited to make patterns, matches and shapes, in response to the performer's hands, and donate these gestures to the work. Each small hand dance is added, with the viewer's consent, to a growing map of other people's gestures, leaving an online legacy of different ways of doing things.

To take part in a one to one performance you will need a laptop with a webcam. Further information will be sent to you on booking.

Artist: Anna Macdonald
Performer and collaborator: Amy Voris.
Digital producer: George Maund

Ways of doing things is produced by Cambridge Junction and was commissioned by One Cell At A Time, a public engagement project for the Human Cell Atlas scientific research initiative. The online artwork is being exhibited as part of the One Cell At A Time exhibition running from 29 October to 30 November 2021.

Thanks to Angela, Mary and John from the transplant recipient group and all the young carers who participated in the work. Thanks also to Cambridge-based community artist Hilary Cox Condron, Colin Stevens from MarketPlace: Creative People and Places, Cambridge and Amanda Cawthorne and Richard Cross from Centre 33, Cambridge for facilitating the young carers group.

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You will be sent a unique link to prior the performance including further information about the set-up and consent.

For this show audience members are asked to angle their webcam or laptop so that they can watch a performance (a hand dance) on screen and see their own hands on screen as they perform in response or match/mirror the movement they see with their own hands.

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