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Art and Food


Admission requirements

There are no admission requirements for this course. Participants will be selected on the basis of their motivated application (see ‘Registration’).


During the fall semester of 2018/2019, PhDArts doctoral candidate Thalia Hoffman will teach the course Art and food: political dimensions and artistic possibilities of food.

This course focuses on the social and political dimensions of food production, distribution and consumption around the world, as well as on its artistic and aesthetic possibilities. The course includes theoretical research as well as practical experiments and encourages interdisciplinary collaborations between students from the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) The Hague and Leiden University. Resulting works will be presented in an exhibition.

Session 1 – 19 September 2018: Introduction
Group introduction and introduction to Food-Art. Students are invited to bring a sample of their favourite food/dish and elaborate on their personal connection to food.

Session 2 – 17 October 2018: Exploration of taste
Lecture, group discussion and experiments with food. Students present their food element of interest, which they will be working with until the end of the course.

Session 3 – 21 November 2018: Between hosting and feeding
Lecture, group discussion and exploration of art works involving feeding and hosting. Students work together and individually on the development of their final project.

Session 4 – 5 December 2018: Conclusion
Student presentations, group discussion and reflection. Preparation of final presentation and exhibition.

Final presentation – 6 December 2018:
Exhibition opening, followed by programme including talks, performances and presentations.

Course objectives

The course encourages students to rethink the practical and conceptual role of food in the political and artistic realm. The aim is to open up new perspectives on taste and smell, and to inspire students to explore aspects of cooking, eating and feeding in their artistic practice.

Timetable and location

– Session 1: Wednesday 19 September 2018 10.00 – 18.00 h – Session 2: Wednesday 17 October 2018 15.00 – 19.00 h – Session 3: Wednesday 21 November 2018 10.00 – 18.00 h – Session 4: Wednesday 5 December 2018 10.00 – 18.00 h – Final presentation: Thursday 6 December 2018 15.00 – 21.00 h (opening 19.00 h)

The meetings on 19 September, 21 November and 5 December will take place in BA.102.
The meeting on 17 October will take place in the Auditorium.
Address: The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Prinsessegracht 4, 2514 AN The Hague.

Course Load

Session attendance and expected self-study/individual preparation amount to 84 hours in total.

Full attendance is obligatory in order to receive study points (3 EC). Please make sure you will be available on the abovementioned dates and times.

Assessment method

Throughout the course, students will present their ideas and work-in-progress and reflect on ideas and works presented by their fellow students. Besides doing the assigned readings and preparing short assignments in preparation for each session, they will produce a mind map visualizing their explorations of the subject of their choice and prepare one larger presentation about their research, as well as develop a final work for the exhibition opening/concluding presentation.

All work produced in the course of the process will be documented and collected in a working portfolio, which will be complemented by a brief reflection paper (500-700 words). ECTS credits will be awarded on the basis of this portfolio, including paper, and the performance in class. Students will be evaluated primarily with respect to their initiative and originality in the handling of assignments, their critical reflection on the strategies and theories offered in this course, and their collaboration with fellow students.


Blackboard will not be supported within this course.

Reading list

– Roland Barthes, ‘’Toward a Psychosociology of Contemporary Food Consumption’’, 2008 – Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, 1984 – Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, ‘’Playing to the Senses: Food as a Performance Medium’’, 1999 – Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, The Futurist Cookbook, 1989 – Yael Raviv, ‘’Eating My Words: Talking About Food in Performance’’, 2010 – Nevena Stajcic, ‘’Understanding Culture: Food as a Means of Communication’’, 2013


Apply before Monday 10 September 2018 23:59 h (CET) by registering for this course in uSis.
To complete your application, you will be required to send a brief letter of motivation (max. 400 words, in PDF) to The result of the selection will be announced on Thursday 14 September 2018 at the latest. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.

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To complete your application, you will be required to send a brief letter of motivation (max. 400 words, in PDF) to The result of the selection will be announced on Thursday 14 September 2018 at the latest. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.


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The course is taught by PhDArts doctoral candidate Thalia Hoffman.

THALIA HOFFMAN (1979, Germany) is a visual artist working in film, video, performance and public interventions, based in Jaffa – Tel Aviv. She holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Bar-Ilan, and she is an MFA graduate (with honours) in Fine Arts from the University of Haifa, where she currently teaches. Hoffman started her doctoral study at PhDArts, Leiden University in 2015. She has directed a full length documentary and several short experimental films and videos. In addition, she develops social/political change programmes, using the agent of film or video, within different communities. Through her work, she encourages people to look, listen and feel their social/political landscape with attention. Another way Hoffman approaches this is through cooking and feeding, both in a professional and in an artistic context. Hoffman’s films, video works and performances have been shown in group exhibitions and festivals in Israel and around the world.

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