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Tea Ceremony
Performance
2013

‚Tea Ceremony‘ is a self-performing installation and a new interpretation of a ritual:

Mongolian milk tea is filled into self-made clay vessels. The vessels have been only partly burned in a self-made fire. During this process the cups received little cracks, through which now the milk tea is slowly pouring out. The Ceremony takes as long as the milk pours.

With Garrett Nelson.

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„The heaven of modern humantiy is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power.The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought through a bad conscience, benevolence practised for the sake of utility.
The East and West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life.
We need a Nikua again to repair the grand devastation; we await the great Avatar. Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea.
The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.
Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.“

(Okura Kakuzo, „The Book of Tea“)