Shana MacDonald

Assistant Professor
(519) 888-4567 x. 35157
Location: ML 254A

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Shana MacDonald holds a PhD in Communication and Culture (2013) and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies (2005) from York University.  She also completed a BFA in Image Arts (2001) from Ryerson University.  Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of feminist politics, performance, experimental media and public art practices. She has published on contemporary intermedial art and the history of feminist experimental film and media. Her research is closely aligned with her art practice. Her graduate thesis work was awarded the Gerald Pratley Award for excellence in film scholarship and the Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship. As an artist-scholar Shana explores the community-building potential of practice-based, site-specific art interventions in public space.  She is founder and director of the ‘Mobile Art Studio’ (MAS), a transitory creative lab space that brings art out of the gallery and into public participatory spaces.  In addition, Shana is an internationally screened filmmaker, curator and installation artist committed to finding new aesthetic forms for abandoned and undervalued materials, experiences and histories.  Her two collaborative art works Dear Ruth (2009) and Collect My Junk (2005), co-produced with artist-scholar Angela Joosse, are heavily influenced by feminist new materialist aesthetics.

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Recent Work

“Modes of Inter-subjective Address in The Central Character (1977) and Our Marilyn (1987)” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 25 1 (Summer 2016)

“Shary Boyle Engaged Artistry” in Sculpting Cinema. Eds. Solomon Nagler et al. (Toronto: Pleasure Dome/Canada Council, 2016).

“The City (as) Place: Performative Re-mappings of Urban Space Through Artistic Research” in Performance As Research: Knowledge, Methodology, Impact.  Eds. Melanie Dyer et al. (New York: Routledge, 2016).

“Vocalizing Dissonance: Articulating Political Resistance through Sound in 1960s Experimental Feminist Film” Feminist Media Histories 1 4 (Fall 2015).

“Spaces of Witness: Projection Art as a Site of Protest” MediaFields Journal 9 (Spring 2015).

“On Resonance in Contemporary Site-Specific Projection Art” Performance Research 19 6 (December 2014).


Courses taught

  • SPCOM 101 – Theories of Communication

  • SPCOM 220 – Performance Studies

  • SPCOM 401 – Gender, Communication and Culture

  • SPCOM 440 – Performative Inquiry and Practice

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