Film: Tampopo

Tampopo (タンポポ Tanpopo?, literally “dandelion”) is a 1985 Japanese comedy film by director Juzo Itami, starring Tsutomu Yamazaki,Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho, and Ken Watanabe. The publicity for the film calls it the first “ramen western”, a play on the termSpaghetti Western (films about the American Old West made by Italian production studios).

Reading List from ART 6933

READING LIST from Katerie Gladdys

Readings may include articles and selections from the following as well as online resources. Additionally, here is an ongoing bibliography of books that we will read excerpts from and other relevant titles.

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Mythologies Roland Barthes
The Five Sense
Michel Serres
Taste of Place Amy Trubek
something by Chris Salter
The taste culture reader : experiencing food and drink

The scent trail : how one woman’s quest for the perfect perfume took her around the world / Lyttelton, Celia
Alinea / Achatz, Grant
The secret of scent : adventures in perfume and the science of smell / Turin, Luca
Eat love : food concepts / Vogelzang, Marije
If there ever was : a book of extinct and impossible smells / Blackson, Robert
The primal feast : food, sex, foraging, and love / Susan Allport.
Remembrance of repasts : an anthropology of food and memory / David E. Sutton
Molecular gastronomy : exploring the science of flavor / Hervé This ; translated by M.B. DeBevoise
Kitchen mysteries : revealing the science of cooking = Les secrets de la casserole / Hervé This
Food : a culinary history from Antiquity to the present / under the direction of Jean-Louis Flandrin
Empire of the senses : the sensual culture reader / edited by David Howes
Aroma : the cultural history of smell / Constance Classen, David Howes, and Anthony Synnott
Invisible architecture : experiencing places through the sense of smell / Anna Barbara and Anthony P
Eating architecture / edited by Jamie Horwitz and Paulette Singley
Food and culture : a reader / edited by Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik
On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen/ McGee, Harold
The scent of desire : discovering our enigmatic sense of smell / Herz, Rachel



I am really excited about this  Chicago exhibition from 2012 Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. 

“Since the 1930s, numerous artists have used the simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and to foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment.

These artist-orchestrated meals can offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using the meal as a means to shift perceptions and spark encounters that aren’t always possible in a fast-moving and segmented society.

Feast surveys this practice for the first time, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium. The exhibition examines the history of the artist-orchestrated meal, assessing its roots in early-twentieth century European avant-garde art, its development over the past decades within Western art, and its current global ubiquity.

Through a presentation within the Smart Museum and new commissions in public spaces, the exhibition will introduce new artists and contextualize their work in relation to other influential artists, from the Italian Futurists and Gordon Matta-Clark to Marina Abramović and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Feast addresses the radical hospitality embodied by these artists and the social, commercial, and political structures that surround the experience of eating together.”

Mella Jaarsma, I Eat You Eat Me, 2002, Photographic documentation of a performance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Courtesy of the artist.

Mella Jaarsma, I Eat You Eat Me, 2002, Photographic documentation of a performance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Courtesy of the artist.


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There is a fabulous blog that with videos and interviews from the exhibition:

One feature for today is Enemy Kitchen by Michael Rakowitz.

“The dinner must make a decision and perform their ethics.”

Michael Rakowitz talks about serving dinner on flatware looted from the palace of Saddam Hussein.  Paper replicas of these plates are being used by the Enemy Kitchen food truck, now serving Iraqi cuisine on the streets of Chicago.