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  • Our Palace of Intestines: An Art Project-in-Progress part of Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, Volume 9, Number 2, 2018

    My short journal article, 'Our Palace of Intestines: An Art Project-in-Progress' is now published in the second part of Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, special issue, 'Food, Feminism and Fermentation' (Volume 9, Number 2, 2018), guest edited by Maya Hey and Alexandra Ketchum.

    The piece unpicks the final part of a workshop, 'Extispicy in the Everyday: An Exploration of Human-Environment Binaries through the Gut', delivered at the 9th Society of Artistic Research conference, “Artistic Research Eats Itself” at the University of Plymouth, England, in April, 2018.

    My contribution as well as the journal is free to read online, follow the link, https://doi.org/10.7202/1055219ar

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  • Books as Bodies, Bodies as Books 2019 Performance-lecture at Wellcome Library, Wellcome Collection, London, Thursday 24 January 2019

    I will be performing Books as Bodies, Bodies as Books performance-lecture at the Wellcome Library on Thursday 24 January, part of the Wellcome Library Insights, a series of events which offer the opportunity to explore a theme or topic, whilst showcasing the Wellcome Library’s collection.

    Books as Bodies, Bodies as Books will explore birthing girdles, reading as rumination, livers as tablets, flap anatomy, folds as metaphors of digestion, and palimpsests and skin.

    Tickets are free but limited, and will go on release on Friday 4 January at 11am. For more information go to this link. https://tinyurl.com/ycq5rvq2

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  • Journal article, 'Extispicy in the Everyday: An Art Project-in-Progress' published in Cuizine: Journal of Canadian Food Cultures

    A short journal article, 'Extispicy in the Everyday: An Art Project-in-Progress' has been published in Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures' special issue on 'Food, Feminism and Fermentation', guest edited by Maya Hey and Alexandra Ketchum.

    My contribution as well as the journal is free to read online, follow the link, http://dx.doi.org/10.7202/1052116ar

    Part Two of the Special Issue will be out sometime in 2019, where I will have a sister article on Our Palace of Intestines.

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  • Taking Part in LADA Festive Fair with artist group, Sunday 9 December 12-6pm at Live Art Development Agency, Bethnal Green, London

    I am taking part in the LADA Festive Fair with artist group, on Sunday 9 December 12-6pm at the Live Art Development Agency, The Garrett Centre, 117A Mansford St, Bethnal Green, London E2 6LX.

    Our artist group includes work by Sheila Ghelani, Karen Christopher, Ania Bas, Clare Qualmann, Maddy Hodge, Amy Sharrocks, Cathy Naden, Rachel Gomme and Rebecca French.

    Other stalls are run by artists, activists and social action groups from across East London hosted by Live Art Development Agency. Free entry.

    Fir further information: http://thisisliveart.co.uk/whats-on/lada-festive-fair-art-gifts-tasty-things/

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  • Proceedings for the 9th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research is out now!

    The proceedings for the 9th Society for Artistic Research SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, at the University of Plymouth, April 11-13, 2018 is out now, containing my paper, 'Extispicy in the Everyday: An Exploration of Human-Environment Binaries Through the Gut'.

    The essay is a document of the workshop delivered at the in Plymouth which explored the conference theme, 'Regeneration: Artistic Research as a Process of Becoming' and particularly, as Donna Haraway (2016) would say, ‘a becoming with’. Drawing on the ancient practice of extispicy, divination using the entrails workshop participants enacted, experienced, and materially investigated theories of interconnectedness, which problematize thresholds between bodies, environment, and food to re-conceptualise these seemingly boundaried entities.

    The proceedings can be downloaded from the Research Catalogue, https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/512748/512749

    The editors are Geoff Cox, Hannah Drayson, Azadeh Fatehrad, Allister Gall, Laura Hopes, Anya Lewin, Andrew Prior.

    More information about the workshop and images can be found at this link:

    http://amandacouch.co.uk/#/extispicy-in-the-everyday-wks/4594279710

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  • TASTE (Law and the Senses) 2018 by Andrea Pavoni, Danilo Mandic, Caterina Nirta, (eds).

    I have a contribution in TASTE (Law and the Senses), 2018, edited by Andrea Pavoni, Danilo Mandic, and Caterina Nirta, published by the University of Westminster Press, London, which is out now. My piece is called, 'The Taste of Tongues', pp. 245-56.

    You can buy a paperback copy from all good booksellers, and also download free under the Creative Commons license, at https://www.uwestminsterpress.co.uk/site/books/10.16997/book21/

    Taste usually occupies the bottom of the sensorial hierarchy, as the quintessentially hedonistic sense, too close to the animal, the elemental and the corporeal, and for this reason disciplined and moralised. At the same time, taste is indissolubly tied to knowledge. To taste is to discriminate, emit judgement, enter an unstable domain of synaesthetic normativity where the certainty of metaphysical categories begins to crumble. This second title in the ‘Law and the Senses’ series explores law using taste as a conceptual and ontological category able to unsettle legal certainties, and a promising tool whereby to investigate the materiality of law’s relation to the world. For what else is law’s reduction of the world into legal categories, if not law’s ingesting the world by tasting it, and emitting moral and legal judgements accordingly? Through various topics including coffee, wine, craft cider and Japanese knotweed, this volume explores the normativities that shape the way taste is felt and categorised, within and beyond subjective, phenomenological and human dimensions. The result is an original interdisciplinary volume – complete with seven speculative ‘recipes’ – dedicated to a rarely explored intersection, with contributions from artists, legal academics, philosophers, anthropologists and sociologists.

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  • Wheat and Rush, Weave and Ritual: A Talk with Catherine Morland and Amanda Couch, at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, Tuesday 16 October 2018, 12 - 1pm

    In this seminar at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, on Tuesday 16 October, 12 - 1 pm, two artists discuss and enact their practice in relation to materiality, seasonality, craft and performance.

    Catherine Morland will talk about the journey her practice has taken since visiting the prehistoric landscapes and badlands of Turkana, Northern Kenya, and the pastoralist nomads who currently live there. Amanda Couch will explore and enact rituals which mark the autumn season, engaging vegetation deities, harvest amulets, and the history of the harvest festival, drawing on the MERL collection of straw work and corn dollies.

    Catherine Morland is an artist and children’s workshop leader. Drawn to prehistory, her practice explores reconnecting with materiality in ways common to the ancient and the contemporary.

    Amanda Couch is an artist and senior lecturer in Fine Art at UCA Farnham. She is interested in theories of interconnectedness and feminism.

    Together they are working on a project with three other artists which explores themes relevant to the MERL collection.

    The talk is free, but booking is recommended. to book and for more information go to, https://merl.reading.ac.uk/event/wheat-rush-weave-ritual/

    Part of the MERL Seminars: Land and Folk. Land and folk have often been portrayed romantically. They routinely play a part in stories of nationhood and identity.

    Our understandings of them are deeply rooted in the past yet still brought regularly to the fore in contemporary explorations of the countryside. This series of talks and discussions offers different perspectives on our complex relationships with people and place.

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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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