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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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  • Invited to present at the University of Exeter, Making SPAce: Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology conference, 16 - 17 May 2019

    I have been invited to present at the University of Exeter, Making SPAce: Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology student post-graduate research conference, 16 - 17 May 2019. I will be doing a workshop which will introduce and explore my new project, ‘Becoming with Wheat (and Other More-Than-Human Others)’ 2018-ongoing, where wheat, images, seeds, fields, plants, sheaves, husks, flour, dough, and baked goods, the (potential and hoped for) corn or grain spirits as well as additional more-than-human others, such as weeds, soil and its microorganisms, yeast, powdery mildew, the human gut microbiota, and windmills, for example, are my subjects as well as my co-performers and co-authors.

    Drawing on the emerging arena of multispecies ethnography, where notions of our relational and entangled relationships with non-human others is unfolding the grip of anthropocentrism, I refer to Donna Haraway’s notion of ‘companions species’. Wheat has been our companion species since our ancestors in the Near East domesticated grass-derived crops the oldest cereals, about 10-12,000 years ago. Anna Tsing calls it a ‘love affair […] one of the great romances of human history [where] people transferred their affection from multi-species landscapes to shower intimacy upon one or two particular crops’ (Tsing, 2012: 145).

    At the intimate romantic dinner or on the kitchen table around the world, wheat is often present. And ‘whether we know how to eat well or not’, Haraway reminds us, ‘human and nonhuman animals are companion species, messmates at table, eating together’ (Haraway, 2008: 301). In ‘Becoming with Wheat…’, I propose that we extend to and embrace the more-than-human vegetal of wheat, especially since companioning is bound up in the root of the word ‘companion’, from the Latin, cum panis, meaning, ‘with bread’ (Haraway, 2016: 11).

    Through a variety of activities in the project, some of which I will share during the workshop, I hope to cultivate and model a more connected, sensitive way of being in the world with plants, gardens, food and the gut. With the wheat plant, its histories, biology, materiality and relationships as a catalyst, I hope to collapse the boundaries between us, humans and wheat, to explore the thresholds between land, food, and the body, and particularly the digestive system, and make more visible, permeable and entangled our relationship.

    The aims of the conference is to be a platform to ask, what does SPA mean? Can we become a fully interdisciplinary department or an aggregate of disciplines learning to converse? What kinds of critical, dialogic spaces can we create and support within the department? Making SPAce aims to both provoke and inform these practical yet conceptual questions.

    https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=9183

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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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