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  • Digesting Ritual: Food, Waste and the Body - A Multi-Disciplinary Seminar, Ritual and Banquet, Ivy Arts Centre, GSA, University of Surrey, Guildford, 6 July 2018

    I will be performing at the 'Digesting Ritual' event at the Ivy Arts Centre, GSA, University of Surrey, Guildford, convened by Dr. Adam Alston, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies and Programme Leader, BA Theatre and Performance, on 6 July 2018, 13 - 18.30.

    The afternoon will host research papers and performance exploring relationships between the food we eat, the food we waste, and our bodies. The event broaches a range of topics including: food waste and motherhood in austerity Britain; excess, waste and enjoyment in molecular gastronomy; food, hospitality and hosting; and food, weather lore and climate change.

    The day concludes with my performance involving the procession, destruction and communal consumption of a gigantic pie cooked in a specially-prepared underground oven. I will aslo be showing other work, images and artefacts in the Ivy Centre which is part of the wider project of Extiscpicy in the Everyday.

    For more information and to book a ticket, go to http://gsauk.org/events/digesting-ritual

    13:00-13:30: Registration

    13:30-13:45: Introduction – Adam Alston (GSA, University of Surrey)

    13:45-15:00: Panel 1 – Excess, Waste and Spectacle

    - Paul Geary (University of Birmingham): “What a Waste! Essentialism, Excess and Enjoyment in High-End Cuisine”

    - Jodie Hawkes (University of Chichester): “Playing Kate (Her Royal Pie-ness): public performances of the family in austerity Britain”

    - Respondent: Patrick Duggan (GSA, University of Surrey)

    15:00 – 15:30: Break + Amanda Couch exhibition

    15:30 – 16:45: Panel 2 – Responsibility, Reciprocity and Ingestion

    - Steve Fossey (University of Lincoln): “Bites of Passage: Thresholds, Permeability and Hand-Fed Food for Thought”

    - Sarah Blissett (University of Roehampton): “Seaweed Weather Forecast”

    - Respondent: Rachel Hann (GSA, University of Surrey)

    17:00 – 18:30: Performance ritual & banquet by Amanda Couch

    Spaces are limited and booking is essential (employed £25; students/unemployed £10).

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  • ARTISTIC RESEARCH WILL EAT ITSELF - 9th SAR - International Conference on Artistic Research, University of Plymouth, 11-13 April 2018

    I will be presenting at this year's 9th SAR - International Conference on Artistic Research, 11-13 April 2018.

    'Artistic Research will Eat Itself' will be held at the University of Plymouth, where I will be running a workshop, 'Extispicy in the Everyday: An Exploration of Human-Environment Binaries through the Gut' to explore one of the conference themes, Regeneration: Artistic Research as a Process of Becoming.

    The provocation Artistic Research Will Eat Itself can be understood as a warning against the dangers of methodological introspection, or as a playful invitation to explore the possibilities of a field in a constant state of becoming. In this context, the ‘cannibalism’ of artistic research ‘eating itself’ embodies a dynamic tension between self-destruction and regeneration.

    For more information and to register for the conference can be found at http://sarconference2018.org

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  • Artists' Books Now: Here and Now - Event at The British Library, London. Monday 23 April 2018, 18:30 - 20:30

    I will be part of the event, Artists' Books Now: Here and Now is at The British Library to celebrate books created by artists.

    Books made by artists are made to stimulate thought, to inspire, and simply to give pleasure. This new series celebrates these qualities by thinking aloud with the books, their makers and their readers.

    Coinciding with World Book Night, this first event will explore the meanings and pleasures of artists' books, looking at the Here and Now of the world that they address.

    Participants include Eleanor Vonne Browne, artist and founder of bookshop and project space X Marks the Bökship, the visual artist and performer Lydia Julien, zine artist and librarian Holly Callaghan, the visual artist and graphic designer Danny Aldred, the artist and researcher Amanda Couch, the art librarian and researcher Gustavo Grandal Montero in conversation with the medieval manuscripts specialist Julian Harrison, and the artist and researcher John McDowall. More to be confirmed.

    Artists' Books Now is curated by the book artists and researchers Egidija Čiricaitė and Sophie Loss and the librarians Jerry Jenkins and Richard Price. Each event explores an aspect of the contemporary through a selection of books, presented in an accessible and enjoyable style by artists and commentators.

    Artists' Books Now: Here and Now is at The British Library, Monday 23 April 2018, 18:30 - 20:30 and is free. For more information and to book, visit https://www.bl.uk/events/artists-books-now

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  • On Innards | Publication with bookRoom at Small Publishers Fair, Friday 10 & Saturday 11 November 2017

    On Innards | Publication will be on the bookRoom press stand at this year's Small Publisher's Fair at Conway Hall, London, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November 2017, 11am - 7pm.

    The Small Publishers’ Fair is an annual celebration of books by contemporary artists, poets, writers and book designers. It is held in Conway Hall in London’s Bloomsbury. Over 60 publishers from across the UK and around the world, readings and talks, special exhibition. Free and open to the public. For more information follow the links below:

    http://smallpublishersfair.co.uk

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  • 'Our Palaces of the Intestines' at Queering Ritual, York St John University, 4 November 2017

    'Our Palaces of the Intestines' will be my provocation for Queering Ritual at York St John University on Saturday 4 November 2017.

    Other provocations in the form or interforms of live performance, poetry, electronic writing, real-time media, film, participatory event, academic paper, experimental lecture, or other, will be by Nathan Walker, Cassandra Davis, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar, Sebastian H W, Lucy Cash, Crisis and Denial, Liesl King, Amble Skuse, Louie Jenkins, Virginia Kennard, Alexandros Papadopoulos, Jessica Worden.

    The provocations were proposed with the term Queering Ritual in mind either together as a phrase, or separately Queering/Ritual. The provocations will be shared by those interested in performance making and/or composition/intertextual/intermedia practices and from both makers and theorists.

    We identify with the term queering ritual in relation to a fluid heterogeneous attitude toward performance making and the practice and aesthetics of contemporary, multidisciplinary performance work. Queering ritual is also a lens in which to think through the composition of materials to create hybrid, subversive, augmented and indeterminate bodies, subjects, and territories.

    Queering Ritual on Friday 3 November 2017 will include performances by ATOM-r (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality), Gary Winters and Claire Hind (Gary and Claire), and Saturday 4 November will include keynote by Roberta Mock (Professor, Performance Studies, University of Plymouth) followed by invited provocations on the theme. Chaired by Dr Kimberly Campanello.

    Tickets and further information:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/queering-ritual-tickets-36514777683

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  • Performing at Housework/Artwork, part of Art Licks Weekend 2017

    I will be performing a new piece, Acts of Evocation: Re-Writing Skin and Hair 2017, at the show, Housework/Artwork, curated by Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee, Catherine Morland, part of Art Licks Weekend 2017.

    Acts of Evocation: Re-Writing Skin and Hair 2017

    In the bathroom, I will be bathing with an old parchment indenture, a legal document where land or property is bound to bodies, washing away its past. Then sewing lengths of my hair into the surface, I will re-inscribe the tissue with new texts, conjuring the special powers of hair to summon the cutis, or living skin, from the pellis, the dead, flayed hide.

    The performances will be from during the opening night, Thursday 28 September, 6-9pm and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 2-4pm.

    Opening times of the exhibition: Thursday 28 September, 6-9pm Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October, 12-6pm.

    Housework/Artwork is at Number 13, 13 Cambrian Close, York Hill, SE27 0BS

    Reproductive labour (work performed within the domestic sphere to sustain a household; cleaning, cooking, childcare, raising the next generation, and looking after the elderly) is the starting point for this exhibition. Housework is time consuming, uncompensated and not generally recognised as work. Repetitive and endless it can be viewed as an obstacle to creativity. Politically speaking it can be seen in a similar way to artistic work: neither is economically valued and both remain outside the social framework of value-labour. For this exhibition artists were asked to respond to the theme of Housework/Artwork. The everyday material reality of reproductive labour will be presented and exhibited as art. Throughout the weekend there will be demonstrations, performances, and hands on workshops. Curated by artists Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee, and Catherine Morland, the aim is to create a space for art and social engagement within the domestic sphere of a South East London home.

    Artists:

    Sarah Gillham, Carl Gent, Sigrid Holmwood, Fritha Jenkins, Mindy Lee, Catherine Morland, Paul Vivian, Paul Hazelton, Tom Walker, Amanda Couch

    Curators:

    Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee, Catherine Morland

    http://artlicksweekend.com/2017/events/housework-artwork/

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  • The Oxford Food Symposium Podcast's 2nd episode is THE LIVER IS THE MESSAGE.

    The Oxford Food Symposium Podcast's 2nd episode is THE LIVER IS THE MESSAGE.

    What kinds of questions would you ask if you practiced the ancient Mesopotamian art of 'haruspicy'- fortune telling with a liver? English artist and scholar Amanda Couch tries to answer the big ones, from mortality to Brexit by reading the lines and lobes on a sheep's liver.

    https://oxfordfoodsymposiumpodcast.podbean.com/e/episode-two-the-liver-is-the-message/

    Produced by Anna Sigrithur. Mixed with help by Thomas Krause. Editorial Help from Naomi Duguid and Fiona Sinclair. Music by Bicycle Face and Freesound.org.

    The Oxford Food Symposium Podcast: Delicious and thought-provoking stories about food, served fresh from the Oxford Symposium of Food and Cookery.

    Copyright 2017 Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery.

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  • Reflection on Digestion 2012 included in 'Prescriptions: artists’ books' at the Templeman Library, Canterbury

    Reflection on Digestion 2012, the small, limited edition artist book, produced with bookRoom is currently exhibited at 'Prescriptions: artists’ books' at the Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, curated by Stella Bolaki, Egidija Čiricaitė, Elspeth Millar, and Helen Blomfield.

    The exhibition runs from 1 August until 17 November 2017.

    More information can be found at this link:

    https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/templeman-exhibitions/2017/07/27/prescriptions-artists-books/

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