Japanese Tea and Ritual Room (2023) - Survey, text/ video/ object installation, performance, and community gathering
This is an interactive installation about personal rituals and Japanese Tea inspired by the surveys answered anonymously by local New Yorkers.
A survey about personal rituals are sent and answered anonymously to the artist.
These rituals in the survey were transformed into installations to be re-enacted by the visitors at the gallery. Japanese Tea performance, sweets, and tea were shared as a public ritual in the gallery.
Survey was sent 5/11-6/9/2023.
photo by Jordan Leonard and moira williams
Private Rituals in 2023 submitted by local New Yorkers through the survey
Program Note from Maho Ogawa 6/18/2023
Researching the Japanese Tea Ceremony and its social role in the 16th century (the Tea Ceremony was the custom to calm Samurai warriors on the battlefield), I was curious about the everyday ritual to calm and heal, or even meet spiritual selves, in the daily lives of New Yorkers — since as you know, New York is also a battlefield.
The actual rituals from local New Yorkers inspired the ten rituals presented in the Japanese Tea and Ritual Room.
I feel heartfelt respect for each ritual's genuineness. Those are the most profound and genuine forms of choreography — a body movement that connects a body, spirit, subconscious, and conscious mind with the outside world. Thank you very much to those who kindly shared their private rituals for my research.
I would like to thank Clarinda, Maya, and Culture Push for encouraging me to start the bold idea of creating the installation with a survey with the general public, which opened and expanded my ideas beyond my imagination, collaborators Annie and Asa for their professionalism and creative input, Tea Master Yoshitsugu Nagano to introduce me to the world of the Japanese Tea Ritual, and 3rd Floor Brooklyn for their generous donation of the Japanese sweets that made the Tea Ceremony possible.
Annie Wang, Masanori Asahara
Supported by Culture Push, Center for Performance Research, and 3rd Floor Brooklyn