I’m an independent writer, artist, researcher, educator & consultant with a special interest in contemporary culture, arts, and creative media.
I’m drawn to stories found at the constitutive, performative & mediated margins of nature and culture, with themes of liveness, presence and attention often at the heart of my work.
I’ve written & spoken about subjects across a broad range of topics and fields, including critical theory & cultural studies, contemporary visual art & culture, design, tech & science, multi-species relationships, ecological conservation, museological display and natural histories. Within the last several years, I’ve become increasingly focused on language & embodied experience, finding new value and relevance in areas such as social space & public health, sports & fitness culture, chronic illness, and disability.
These academic concerns naturally intersect with my other professional capacity, as I’m also a practicing CIMSPA-registered Level 3 Personal Trainer, Fitness & Kettlebell Instructor, exclusively remote-coaching while the pandemic continues. I help clients use their existing strengths to discover ways to improve their fitness and grow their confidence around exercise.
Currently, I’m busy working on an academic publication commissioned by VCA, University of Melbourne, where I use the exploration of traumatic language (notably towards women) in ‘Are You Having a Good Night’, a project by artist Michelle Hamer, to connect and compare forms of surveillance and attention in public space.
I welcome enquiries for commissioned writing, or for project work in research, consultancy, publicity and press.
Unless otherwise stated, images & text © 2021 Anna Ricciardi. All rights reserved.