At Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo, Japan) and Untitled Gallery, Studio Space 

4 & 5 October 2019

A collaboration between Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP), University of the Arts London and Graduate School of Global Arts (GA), Tokyo University of the Arts

Conference Team: Cathy Lane, Tomoko Hojo & Yoshitaka Mori

Programming: Cathy Lane & Irene Revell

Administration & Content Support: Claire M. Holdsworth

Performance Programming: Holly Ingleton & Syma Tariq

Assistance: Louise Gray (Louise Marshall), Tomotaro Kaneko, Ai Kano & Tomo Yamazaki

Poster Design: Rika Nakashima

Technical Assistance: Wataru Shoji & Chiho Oka

Funding from: Tokyo University of the Arts, CRiSAP, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, Nomura Foundation and Mai Muto Memorial MCS Research and Education Fund.

graphic image of faces in black and white with pink and red hair and lips


SGFA 2019 Tokyo was a research event investigating the context of sound in all its various creative and theoretical forms, gender and activism. For the fourth installment of this regular SGFA forum took place at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Our aim was to share research, establishing and extending our pre-existing network of researchers and practitioners working in these areas with those working in Japan and beyond.

SGFA aims to expand and to question the place and performance of activism within the discourses and practices of sound arts, sound-based arts and experimental musics that are engaged with gender, feminist and queer politics and to contribute to a growing network of researchers and practitioners working in these areas. Different incarnations of SGFA took place in London in 2012, 2014 and 2016 attracting a diverse range of international presenters and attendees.

With an extensive programme of international contributions taking place over the course of two days, the event features artworks, performances, talks, lectures, round-tables and academic papers.

The majority of the programme was presented in English, with papers in Japanese on the 5 October (with English language simultaneous translation).

Special thanks to all the amazing people who have contributed to Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism past and present.


Ai Watanabe & Akiko Ushijima from JWCM (Japanese Women Composers Meeting) | Alice Gaya | Amanda Belantara & Emily Drabinski | Amelia Groom | Angeliki Diakrousi | Ann Antidote | Anna Raimondo | Asako Taki | Baaraan Ijlal | Banu Çiçek Tülü | Bridget Chappell | Cara Tolmie and Susanna Jablonski, with Tomoko Hojo & Sarah Hennies  | Cat Hope | Cat Hope, Gabriella Smart, and Nat Grant | Catherine Clover | Cathy Lane | Chiharu Chujo | Chiho Oka | Donna Hewitt & Mary Mainsbridge | Elena Knox | Elin McCready | Elizabeth Ditmanson | Erin Gee | Gretchen Jude | Hannah Kemp Welch | Hannah Wolfe and Sölen Kiratli | Higgaion Selah | Holly Ingleton | Irene Revell | Jamie Chi | Jessica Kong | Jo Kazuhiro | Juliana España Keller | Julie Rose Bower | Keira Simmons and Maiah Stewardson | Kimberlee Sanders | Kota Sakamoto | Lila Lakehal | Linda O Keeffe | Louise Gray | Makiko Sakurai | Mari Matsutoya | Mieko Shiomi | Mike Wyeld | Nao Motooka | Natasha Lall | Rika Nakashima | Romy Rüegger | Rory du Plessis | Saba Zavarei | Sapphire Slows | Sharon Bono | Sisters Akousmatic | Sophie Knezic | Suzana Milevska | Syma Tariq | Tamami Mitzutani | Tim Smith | Tomoko Hojo | Viola Chen | Wanda Listiani, Afri Wita, Deni Yana, and Yadi Mulyadi | Xana


Full conference details, including the abstracts and bios of each presenter are available in the SGFA-2019-Programme.


Watch the whole collection of documentation videos, or watch by panel:

Images of Mieko Shiomi's Spatial Poem N0 7 - sound event (1974) and Catherine Clover's Sound Walk in Ueno Park are below.

A lecture - a seated audience and a woman speaking at the front
A group pf people stood in a circle reading from paper
A conference presentation
A woman reading a book into a microphone on a stage
15+ people walking across a large tarmac area towards trees
A handdrawn wold map with blocks of printed text stuck on
a handdrawn map of Japan with printed text stuck on, in English and Japanese
stickers and a poster in bright colours with text in Japanese
A conference presentation
A projection of a person listening to something
A person speaking at a lectern next to a projection and two tables of people
A woman playing a flute on a stage
A conference presentation