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  • 'A Woman Holding a Liver' in Offal: Rejected and Reclaimed Food - the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2016 is out now.

    Offal: Rejected and Reclaimed Food - the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery for 2016 is published now, July 2017.

    My contribution develops the performance-lecture, ‘A Woman Holding a Liver’, in which I explore, contextually and artistically, the practice and history of haruspicy or liver divination, giving a brief overview of the ancient practice, and some examples of where it has been represented in art and material culture.

    From the perspective of an artist, I also outline my interest in it, and how I am using in it my art practice, and discuss selected contemporary artists whose practices use divination and chance as strategies. The paper then reports on the examination of a sheep’s liver performed at the conference.

    The theme – offal, rejected and reclaimed foods – when taken in the broadest sense is a subject well-suited to the explorative ethos of the Oxford Symposium, not least because there’s no universal agreement on what actually qualifies as offal. Each culture has its own views on whether foods are acceptable or merit rejection. Even in neighbouring countries, differences run deep. For example, English ‘offal’ is linguistically related to the Dutch word ‘afval’ which means unambiguously ‘garbage’, a designation that includes most animal-intestines and extremities. The negative connotation of the word indicates automatic rejection of offal by the native Dutch. Nevertheless, within the nation, differences can be observed. In modern times, consumption of most varieties of organ-meats, traditionally unusual in The Netherlands, is having a come-back thanks to newcomers from all parts of the world. Goatheads, chickens-feet, blood, liver, testicles, stomach, udder and heart, are all available if you know the right butcher.

    Offal: Rejected and Reclaimed Food - the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery for 2016, publishedm July 2017, by Prospect Books. ISBN: 978-1-909-248-55-7; 400 pages: 174 x 246 mm; paperback, b & w illustrations and charts; Price: £30.00.

    https://prospectbooks.co.uk/products-page/oxford-symposium/offal-rejected-and-reclaimed-food/

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  • FEAST: The Meal is Live Today!

    The new issue of the online journal, FEAST: The Meal is live today. My contribution is Reflection on Digestion Performance Dinners, 2013-16, in the form of three audio excerpts edited from live recordings, and images made from photographs taken prior to, and during the performances, accompanied by a short written introduction. Access is free. Go to http://feastjournal.co.uk

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  • 'Reflection on Digestion: A Performance Dinner' contribution to FEAST: The Meal, out June 2017

    I have nearly finished my FEAST contribution to the upcoming third issue, The Meal, which is out in June 2017.

    In the online space of the journal, I will be re-presenting documentation from the Reflection on Digestion Performance Dinners, 2013-16, in the form of three audio excerpts edited from live recordings, and images made from photographs taken prior to, and during the performances, accompanied by a short written introduction.

    For more information, go to http://feastjournal.co.uk

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  • Forthcoming Paper: ‘A Woman Holding a Liver’, in The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery Conference Proceedings, July 2017

    My paper, ‘A Woman Holding a Liver’, will be published in the forthcoming Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery Conference Proceedings, edited Mark McWilliams, published by Prospect Books, London, in July 2017.

    For the 2016 Oxford Food Symposium’s theme Offal, I presented a performance-lecture, A Woman Holding a Liver, which contextually and artistically explored the practice and history of haruspicy or liver divination, followed by the divination of a lamb’s liver.

    It began with an outline of the ancient practice of haruspicy. I showed examples of liver divination represented in art and material culture, and contextualized the practice from my personal and artistic perspectives, as well as in relation to chance strategies in art history. I outlined my methods for performing an examination of a liver, drawn from a wealth of classical scholarship, before undertaking an inspection of a lamb’s liver. The paper then reports on the examination, and findings in relation to the question collectively decided by the audience-participants.

    For more information, go to https://www.oxfordsymposium.org.uk

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  • On Innards | Publication with bookRoom at BABE Bristol’s biannual artists book event, Arnolfini, 1-2 April 2017.

    On Innards | Publication will be on the bookRoom press stand at BABE, Bristol’s biannual artists book event, at the Arnolfini, Bristol on Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 April 2017.

    For more information follow the links below:

    http://www.arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/babe-2017-bristol-artists-book-event

    http:// www.thebookroom.net

    https://www.facebook.com/bookroompress/

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  • ACTS RE-ACTS 4: Performance Laboratory, Wimbledon College of Art, London - A Woman Holding a Liver 2016-17

    ACTS RE-ACTS 4: Performance Laboratory, Wimbledon College of Art, London

    20 February - 17 March 2017

    Performance Lab: Friday 3 & Saturday 4 March 2017

    “It feels like there is still room for genuine subversiveness within performance [practice]. For someone from Fine Art, part of the excitement and the openness is being the amateur next to someone working with a kind of Theatre.”

    Curator Sarah McRory speaking about the work of Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, interviewed by Lois Rowe at ICA as part of Performance Management, February 2016.

    Acts Re-Acts, a laboratory of performance, new media, workshops, lectures, discussions, events, interventions, seminars and installations, returns for a fourth year to take place at Wimbledon Space between 20 February – 17 March 2017. This year Acts Re-Acts will take the form of an intensive two-day laboratory of selected performances on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March. Four week-long residencies will run Monday – Friday between 20 February – 17 March, and an exhibition accompanying the performances will be on show for the duration of the project.

    I will be performing A Woman Holding a Liver 2016/17 on Saturday 4 March at 1pm in the studio theatre, and exhibiting The Liver Models 2017, a series of monoprints taken directly from lambs' livers in the acccompanying exhibition.

    For further information go to http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2017/2/20/ACTS-RE-ACTS-4/

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  • Does my data look good in this? Exploring research data management in the creative arts

    I am presenting my art research practice in relation to the research data I produce at the workshop, ‘Does my data look good in this? Exploring research data management in the creative arts’ on Wednesday 18 January 2017 organised by the Centre for Digital Scholarship, Library & Student Services, University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and funded by Jisc. at etc.venues, The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London. EC1N 8HN.

    Further details can be found at this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/does-my-data-look-good-in-this-tickets-27755481392

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  • News of On Innards | Publication with Kaleid

    During October, On Innards | Publication was busy with Kaleid Editions, featuring at their stand at Counter 2016, Plymouth Art book Fair on Saturday 29th October at Plymouth University.

    During Kaleid's US tour, On Innards | Publication was also acquired by the SAIC Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection, Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Thanks Kaleid.

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