Tom Sachs’s friend and colleague in tea, Johnny Fogg, will give an informative tour of the tea garden and will perform tea ceremony.
The setting and the tools constitute only part of the culture of tea. As beautiful as they are on their own, they exist to serve a ritual: chanoyu, literally the making of “hot water for tea” and the drinking of tea. The opportunity to connect with nature, time, and each other—to slow down in a constrained environment designed to exist outside reality, in relative simplicity and silence—is at the heart of the experience and the culture.
During the course of the exhibition, Tom Sachs’s friend and colleague in tea, Johnny Fogg, will perform tea ceremonies. The tea ceremony is an intimate experience. The teahouse can accommodate only 2 to 3 guests to take part in the tea ceremony, but the walls of the teahouse will be removed, enabling all visitors to observe the ceremony. Tea ceremony audiences are limited to 30 visitors. The performance will last 1.5 hours, with a question and answer session following the performance. Teahouse guests for each performance will be decided by lottery. If you are interested in participating in the ceremony as a guest in the teahouse, you will receive instructions on how to do so after making your reservation.
Johnny Fogg is a lifelong student of tea and tea culture and for the past 15 years he has studied in the Urasenke tradition of the Japanese Way of Tea. He collaborated with Tom Sachs on creating the experiential portion of Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony. His project Baisao Tea Room is a mobile and modular tea space that ephemerally creates the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.
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