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  • Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities - An Interdisciplinary Symposium, accompanied by Prescriptions: an exhibition of artists’ books by Martha A. Hall and other artists. Thursday 21 April 2016.

    Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities - An Interdisciplinary Symposium accompanied by Prescriptions: an exhibition of artists’ books by Martha A. Hall and other artists, Thursday 21 April 2016, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury.

    I have been invited to speak at this symposium, which launches the Prescriptions exhibition of artists’ books by Martha A. Hall and other artists at the Beaney Museum of Art & Knowledge, Canterbury, Kent. At the exhibition, I will be showing new artists books as well as presenting On Innards | Publication.

    The symposium, co-organised by the University of Kent’s School of English and the University of New England’s Maine Women Writers Collection, will explore connections between artists’ books, health/illness and medicine. I will be part of the panel, Anatomies of the Book, with artist Egidija Ciricaite.

    Below is an abstract to the paper I will present:

    Amanda Couch will introduce her practice, which engages the leperello; an embodiment of the digestive tract, emulating the bending and turning back of the intestines crammed into the body’s cavity. She will explore the Reflection on Digestion project, the collaborative On Innards | Publication, and Entrail Troyen around which she will discuss ideas of ingestion, rumination and reading, and joined up handwriting, drawing, line, and the stitch. She will also explore the folded format of the medieval medical folding almanac in relation to Huwawa in the Everyday: an Almanac, and new work around divination.

    More information about the symposium can be found at this link:

    http://www.kent.ac.uk/english/research/conferences/artistsbooks.html

    Further information about the exhibition is to follow.

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