0.5 senior lecturer in Fine Art at UCA Farnham, Pathway leader for Stage One, and teaching across BA and MA programmes. I am also a sessional lecturer in Creative Arts Education, contributing to Graduate, Postgraduate Certificates, and MA. Straddling the domains of sculpture, performance, the live and recorded image, the book, process, participation, research and writing, my art practice researches and reimagines histories of the body, often triggered by the processes and lived experiences of my own body, particularly the digestive system, and through feminisms, and ancient artefacts and rituals, to explore process, processing and embodied ways of knowing and becoming.
bookRoom is an experimental post-digital publishing platform, engaged with critical research, curating, and teaching for over 10 years, through a number of interrelated activities; Phd research, conferences, exhibitions, an artist books collection.
bookRoom has become a significant platform for experimentation, conceptualisation, materialisation, and dissemination of research on the interplay between electronic and print culture (2 anthologies/surveys of writings by key international practitioners and thinkers /the book is alive ! (2012), Code X (2015), one publication on working with archive and art activism / RISE WITH YOUR CLASS (2016) and 9 artists publications by UCA researchers and invited artists.
Postdigital’, ‘Publishing’ and ‘Platform’ are key concepts at the heart of all our projects.
Postdigital, as no longer considering digital technologies emerging or new but already deeply imbedded in our lives and in being human.
Publishing as in making public, sharing, disseminating original thinking and practice based research, in 3 formats; open access online, print form and public events.
Platform as a shared and collaborative network and virtual space for multidisciplinary modes of inquiry and production of new knowledge.
bookRoom has involved members of staff across UCA including: James Trafford (School of Communication Design), Simon Aeppli & Harry Whalley (School of Film, Media & Performing Arts) and Rob Mcdonald (School of Further Education).
bookRoom is taking part in London’s annual Small Publishers Fair on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November (11am to 7pm) exhibiting recent book work by Gabrielle Areal, Amanda Couch, Delphine Bedel, David Rule, Greig Burgoyne & Rossella Emanuele, Vicky Smith, Nicky Hamlyn, Stefan Szczelkun and Emmanuelle Waeckerle.
bookRoom will be launching on Saturday 16 November Digesting Ritual/ Extispicy …
Private View: Thursday 14 February, 6:30-8:30pm
Exhibition Opening: Friday 15 – Sunday 17 February 2019, 12 – 5pm
The Brewery Tap in Folkestone, now the home of the UCA Project Space, first existed as a public house from 1870 to 2007, the original signage can still be seen on the front of the building today.
Pint Sized, an …
Thursday 24 January 2019, 18:00—19:00
Watch Amanda Couch in a specially created performance-presentation comparing bodily processes like digestion with the way we ‘consume’ books. You’ll be invited to think about how we read bodies as well as texts. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions.
Books as Bodies is part of the Wellcome Library …
Amanda Couch delivered the workshop, Extispicy in the Everyday: An Exploration of Human-Environment Binaries through the Gut, to explore one of the conference themes 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, participants enacted, experienced, and …