Posted:Dec 15, 2012

Bringing the Party to Tokyo

A short series of events involving art, food and feminism.

Here’s something to chew over: Australian artist Courtney Coombs is coming to Tokyo in November to host a short series of events based on LEVEL art collective’s ongoing project, “Food For Thought”. The events, which have been previously held in the Australian cities of Brisbane and Melbourne, combine social activism with art.

'Food For Thought' in Melbourne 2012
'Food For Thought' in Melbourne 2012
Photo: ©Pia Johnson. Courtesy of LEVEL.

The concept is inspired by Judy Chicago’s iconic artwork, ‘The Dinner Party’ (1974-79), a sculpture that symbolically set a place at the table for women and sparked debate among the art world.

Tokyo women (yes, only women) are invited to participate by sharing a meal and talking about feminism and art. With the help of an interpreter, discussions will be held in both Japanese and English. The free events are held in groups of 12, with no spectators, to encourage casual, free expression among participants.

Due to the limited number of participants, reservations are essential. Contact: foodforthoughttokyo(at)

Friday November 16 19:00-21:00 at Roji to Hito, Jimbocho
Saturday November 17 13:00-15:00 at Yoyogi Park, Jingumae
Sunday November 18 13:00-15:00 at Yoyogi Park, Jingumae

Emily Wakeling

Emily Wakeling

Emily Wakeling is a writer and curator who used to be based in Tokyo. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, Emily wrote a Masters thesis on images of girls in contemporary Japanese art. She also curated some local sound art events. Her research interests cover Asian and Australian contemporary art, young women artists, globalisation and art, and new media.