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  • Online Workshop: Extispicy in the Everyday: An Exploration of Human-Environment Binaries through the Gut with the Royal College of Physicians for Open House, Saturday 19 September 2020, 11am - 12pm.

    I will be doing an online workshop with the Royal College of Physicians for Open House, to explore human-environment binaries through the gut, on Saturday 19 September 2020, 11am - 12pm.

    The workshop draws on my artwork and research into the ancient practice of extispicy – divination using the entrails. You will discover more about my art practice and the practice of extispicy, find and share materials in your local environment that resemble our own internal structures, and consider how our guts connect to our external environment over a gut-friendly snack.

    We will explore the thresholds between our bodies, in particular our guts, and the natural and built environment, to re-conceptualise these seemingly boundaried entities. Through our activities we will explore and problematise human-environment binaries.

    It is free to attend, but places are limited. For more information and to see other events, see the link for RCP’s Open House event page, https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/event/open-house-london

    Or to book directly for my workshop go to the Eventbrite page, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/royal-college-of-physicians-open-house-artists-workshop-tickets-115752558017

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  • Breathworks Blog post on Modern Art Oxford website

    I was invited by Lucy Sabin and Modern Art Oxford to make a blog post about my daily collaborative performances that I have been doing with the wheat growing in my garden during the Coronavirus pandemic, to kick off the participatory digital Breathworks project by Lucy and MAO. 

    Part of my wider, ‘Becoming With Wheat and Other More-Than-Human Others’ which explores our interspecies relationship with wheat, the post talks about the actions as reciprocal processes of photosynthesis and respiration: the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen between the Emmer and myself, which I recorded and posted daily on Instagram during June and July. You can also watch a video of some excerpts of the performances. https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/becoming-wheat/

    Breathworks, initiated by artist and researcher, Lucy Sabin, is a digital project on the Modern Art Oxford's platforms, which aims to explore everyone’s unique experience of breathing. Throughout August, MAO will invite contributions of ‘breathwork’ from its variety of audiences to capture an experience of breathing via an image and sound recording. 

    Breathworks runs until 31 August 2020 and is free and open to all. To take part go to, 

    https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/breathworks-take-part/

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  • The Taste of Tongues in Sensory Gallery

    Laura Enriquez has written a beautiful entry to accompany my image, The Taste of Tongues, made for and first published in 'TASTE' edited by Andrea Pavoni, Danilo Mandic, Caterina Nirta and Andreas Philippopoulos Mihalopoulos, part of the Law and the Senses series, published by Westminster University Press in 2018.

    Laura, part of Concordia University's Sensory Studies department, has contributed to their Sensory Picture Gallery which is a space representing and commenting on the iconography of the senses. Laura's entry can be found at this link, where you can also navigate to the myriad of other images and accompanying texts in the gallery. http://www.sensorystudies.org/picture-gallery/the-taste-of-tongues/

    The TASTE book can be purchased as a paperback or downloaded as a free pdf at https://doi.org/10.16997/book21'

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  • Performance-lecture Books as Bodies, Bodies as Books at Royal College of Physicians, Museum Late, Thursday 5 March, 6.30pm

    I will perform a new iteration of my performance-lecture, Books as Bodies, Bodies as Books at Royal College of Physicians, London, as part of their Museum Late on Thursday 5 March, from 6.30pm.

    The performance-lecture explores the corporeality of books and the entanglement between the metaphorical, books as bodies of knowledge and experience, and the material, books constituted of actual bodily matter, parchment, leather, blood and hair. Referencing my nature prints of lambs livers exhibited in ‘Under the skin’ show at RCP, I will explore and enact ideas around skin, tissue and aprons; birthing amulets; matrices, wombs and printing plates; livers as tablets; and parchment and palimpsests, in collaboration with my own artworks, and artefacts from the Royal College of Physicians library collection.

    For more information, visit the RCP events page, https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/event/museum-late-2

    The event is free, but booking is recommended. Visit the Eventbrite link, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/royal-college-of-physicians-museum-late-tickets-43304597216

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  • Part of Panel Discussion ‘Whose body is it anyway?’ at Royal College of Physicians, Wednesday 20 November from 6pm.

    I have been invited to be a part of the panel discussion ‘Whose body is it anyway’ at Royal College of Physicians, Wednesday 20 November from 6pm.

    Who are the bodies we see in art, in medical textbooks, a Google image search for a weird rash or in a medical museum? How were these images sourced? How much control does the patient have today and how has this changed throughout history? How do artists approach the use of other people’s bodies in their work?

    ‘Whose body is it anyway’ will investigate the bodies behind medical images with a panel of artists featured in the current Royal College of Physicians exhibition 'Under The Skin, Sophie Layton, Amanda Couch and Liz Orton. We’ll examine the who, what and where of medical illustration, whilst taking a closer look at how contemporary art approaches these issues.

    A consultant radiologist and medical illustration professional will also give us insights into patient consent to imaging and data, developments in the latest imaging technologies, and what these techniques can and can’t reveal about our bodies.

    Katie Birkwood, curator of the exhibition, will chair the evening and reflect on these questions, drawing on examples of anatomical illustrations, archival documents and early medical imaging examples featured in the exhibition. The event will have live subtitles.

    For more information and to book your free ticket via this link:

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whose-body-is-it-anyway-tickets-78028937653?aff=ebdssbeac

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  • Launch of a new artist book, Digesting Ritual by Amanda Couch and Adam Alston, designed by Kristen Fraser, published by bookRoom press at Small Publishers Fair, Friday 15 November 2019, 2.30pm

    My latest artists book, Digesting Ritual by Amanda Couch and Adam Alston, designed by Kristen Fraser, and published by bookRoom press will be launched at the Small Publishers Fair, London on Friday 15 November 2019.

    At London’s annual Small Publishers Fair, bookRoom will also be exhibiting new and recent book works by Gabriela Areal, Delphine Bedel @ Virginie Rebetez, Greig Burgoyne & Rossella Emanuele, Nicky Hamlyn, David Rule, Stefan Szczelkun & Rebekah Taylor, Vicky Smith, and Emmanuelle Waeckerlé.

    The fair is open, Friday 15 & Saturday 16 November, 11am to 7pm, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

    Digesting Ritual will be launched with a performative reading by Amanda Couch on Friday 15 November at 2.30pm in the green Room.

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  • Becoming With Wheat (and Other More-Than-Human Others) at MOUTHINGS, Part of 'Something Held in the Mouth', Custom Folkestone, Saturday 5 October, 11am - 5pm

    I will be presenting my current project, Becoming With Wheat (and Other More-Than-Human Others) at 'Something Held in the Mouth', a four day festival bringing together artists and creative practitioners to present a diverse programme of art, exhibitions, events, workshops and talks about the poetics of food, the politics of its migrations and the ways in which our bodies hold these stories.

    Curated by Madeleine Hodge, the festival convenes dialogues around the way food crosses boundaries and creates connections across the world, exploring the intersections between art, food and local markets to forge new alliances through geopolitical conversations. Highlights include Picnic Poeticoa collective picnic drawing on the relationship between artists and the kitchen, Mouthings, a day of conversations, lectures and performances about the intimate and global complexities of food production, (Be)longingan exhibition that explores the connection of migrant bodies to the land, 50 Years, 50 Stories, an exhibition created by the University of Kent Ethnobotany department, a community feast designed by artist Lucky Moyo and a panel discussion as part o fPlatforma Festival.

    Artists in the programme include Joélson Bugila e Jorge Menna Barreto (Brazil), Leone Contini (Italy), Amanda Couch (UK), Marta Fernández Calvo (Spain), Lucky Moyo (UK), Clare Qualmann (UK), Raju Rage (UK), Keg de Souza (Australia), Daniella Valz Gen (UK).

    'Something Held in the Mouth', 3-6 October 2019, Custom Folkestone, East Yard, Harbour Arm, Folkestone. MOUTHINGS, a day of conversations, lectures and performances exploring intimate and global complexities of food production is Saturday 5 October, 11am - 5pm. Free, but booking required. For more information about the programme and to book a place, visit https://www.customfolkestone.co.uk/art

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  • Prints included in Royal College of Physicians exhibition, Under the Skin: Anatomy, art and identity, 10 October 2019 - 3 April 2020

    A small selection of monoprints from The Liver Models 2016 - ongoing series are being shown as part of the Royal College of Physicians exhibition, 'Under the Skin: Anatomy, art and identity' from 10 October 2019 until 3 April 2020.

    The exhibition brings together contemporary artworks in a range of media from glass to ceramic, performance to sculpture which are displayed alongside historical books and drawings to offer personal and emotional reflections on medical representations of the human body. Providing a current perspective on the medical objects, and contemplating our complex relationship to our bodies today, the show includes work from contemporary artists, Andrew Carnie, Amanda Couch, Adelaide Damoah, Tamsin van Essen, Rebecca D Harris, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Sofie Layton, Lucy Lyons, Liz Orton, Bee Flowers, Angela Palmer, and Ruth Uglow.

    'Under the Skin' is Part of Thinking 3D, an interdisciplinary exploration of the concept and communication of three-dimensionality and its impact on the arts and sciences.

    There will also be a series of events to accompany the exhibition. Check the website for details, https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/events/under-skin-anatomy-art-and-identity

    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE. Usual opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm. Please note that opening times may vary – check online before your visit. Open the first Thursday of the month, 5–8pm.

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