Digesting Ritual

Couch, Amanda and Alston, Adam. 2019. Digesting Ritual. [Artist's Book]

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The attachment is a short excerpt from an artist's book, which can be found here: https://www.thisisunbound.co.uk/products/digesting-ritual

Digesting Ritual is a 2019 artist's book: the fruit of a collaboration between the multi-disciplinary artist Amanda Couch and the theatre scholar Adam Alston. It is what remains of Couch's exhibition 'Extispicy in the Everyday' and her participatory performance 'Our Palace of Intestines', which were presented at the Ivy Arts Centre in Guildford in July 2018. The project draws on the ancient practice of extispicy, divination using the entrails, one of the most omnipresent of divination practices across the ancient world, ecofeminism, recent neuro-gastroenterological research, as well as medieval feasts and theatrical pies.

Inkjet printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Book and Album 220gsm concertina, containing two three-hole stitched bound pamphlets, inkjet printed on Munken Lynx 120gsm, a digitally printed cotton-linen insert, back page and shortbread biscuit in a bag, all contained within a belly band. Produced and bound by Amanda Couch and Kristen Fraser.

Artist book publication with texts by Adam Alston and Amanda Couch, and designed by Kristen Fraser.

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Artist's Book


theatrical feast; divination; performance ritual; food and performance

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Theatre and Performance (TAP)



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16 Nov 2022 14:14

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16 Nov 2022 14:14



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