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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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