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The Surfaces of Skin and Screens

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Photograph of a laptop on a desk surrounded by two more tablets. On the laptop screen is a live event showing the speaker, Amanda Couch. She has light brown hair which is tied up. She is wearing a bright red jumper with a green floral collared shirt underneath. Behind her on the wall are postcards and photographs and an artwork piece Apron Aegis (After Bartholin, Anatomia Reformata) 2019. On the tablet screens are film stills showing skin with a needle and thread. Around the screens on the desk are house plants, two cacti, notebooks, headphones and a pot of colouring pencils and paintbrushes.
Library Insights: The surfaces of skin and screens. Photo: Thomas SG Farnetti. Film stills on tablet screens courtesy of the artist © Amanda Couch.

Watch a recording of this online event with artist Amanda Couch to explore skin and screens, surfaces that can both unite and connect us, but also shield and separate us. Skin is an intermediary between us and the world, our channel for connection through touch. Our increasing dependence on screens during the pandemic is facilitating social connectedness, while protecting us from the risks of proximity and exposure to touch.

Amanda considers the screen as a stand-in for our skin, supporting us to “keep in touch” in more than one sense. Alongside the talk, a prerecorded video is shown showcasing new artworks from Amanda exploring these ideas.



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Amanda Couch

Amanda Couch is an award-winning artist, researcher and senior lecturer whose practices cut across media: performance, sculpture, photography, print and the book, food, the everyday, participation, and writing to research and reimagine histories of the body.