Anna Furse: Collaborative Practice and the Body
Anna Furse in conversation with Susanne Bosch
“AN ANATOMY ACT deals with the morbid, but with humour. I’m taking people on an uncomfortable and disturbing journey. I hope people feel comforted by the fact that these taboos about death, our own imminent passing, and of our bodies being opened are somehow okay. It’s ok to have that anxiety. In death we’re all the same. The tone of dead skin is very similar after it has been treated for dissection, no matter what skin colour in life. But the cadaver is both about common human denominators and individual nuances. Surgeons say that every heart is unique. Everybody’s interior has its own character and I find that utterly fascinating.”
Anna Furse is a theatre maker and professor at Goldsmiths University. In year one of Create’s four year Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), Anna delivered The Theatre of Our Bodies workshop as one of a number of Continuing Professional Development workshops (CPDs) Create programmed in 2015. As a CAPP Residency artist, she devised ANNA FURSE PERFORMS AN ANATOMY ACT: SHOW AND TELL, a performance lecture in 2016. I AM NOT A PIECE OF MEAT is one of Create’s CAPP commissions launched in 2018; an immersive digital artwork which extends research that shaped AN ANATOMY ACT, and CORPOGRAPHY, an analogue artbook that will be published in spring 2019.
Dr. Susanne Bosch is an artist and independent researcher. She was the Artist Researcher between 2014 and 2018.