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Anne Milne

The life cycle of pathogens, the unseen part of the disease and epidemic, is the inspiration for the film work Invasion, included in the exhibition Transmissions. Anne Milne was interested in the strategies pathogens use for survival, the relationships between themselves and their host, and in the case of the malarial parasite, the complex relationship with their vector, the mosquito. Through this research she uncovered the many things single cell organisms have in common with the rest of the living world, particularly their main goal to replicate by competing with others, avoiding predators, negotiating and in some cases, altering their environments in order to succeed. As a filmmaker Milne found it a challenge to represent the unseen. Using the microscopic organisms as a metaphor for alien invasion, she has created a fantastical, otherworldly journey of an imaginary, mysterious being, which has come to Earth looking for a host.

Milne's documentary commissioned by the Centre for Cognitive Ageing about Scotland’s complete national IQ tests (the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947) is included in the exhibition Hearts & Minds.

Anne Milne is a BAFTA award-winning Scottish filmmaker. Her film Maria’s Way was nominated for the European Film Award 2010, and won several awards while playing at numerous international film festivals. After being awarded a worldview Multi Media Grant, she travelled to Nepal to shoot Himalayan Sisters, which later won an editing award at the 2011 Underwire Festival.