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12:30 - 17:30 6 February 2016

PASSING ENCOUNTERS: The dead body and the public realm


G6 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Early bird tickets £5, General admission £8
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr. John Troyer, Director of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath
Professor Chris Townsend, Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London
Dr. Anna Williams, Principle Enterprise Fellow Forensic Anthropology, University of Huddersfield
Dr. Carolyn Rando, Teaching Fellow, UCL Institute of Archaeology
French & Mottershead, are the UK artist duo Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead.

PASSING ENCOUNTERS explores manifestations of the post-death body in the public realm, by bringing together artists, historians, sociologists and forensic anthropologists to discuss their work on the science, philosophy and representations of the human corpse and decay.

How is the dead body controlled, perceived and discussed in public? Are we able to confront and emotionally engage with the dead body as a society? What does decay look, smell or feel like, and how is it represented in the arts and media? How does science and art appropriate the dead body as a means to tell a story?

PASSING ENCOUNTERS has been curated by French & Mottershead with Elea Himmelsbach, as part of the artists' Afterlife project, which is supported by The Wellcome Trust and UCL.


French & Mottershead
+44 (0)7951537012 | info@frenchmottershead.com


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