WORLD TEA GATHERING SYMPOSIUM
- TOGETHERNESS THROUGH TEA -
A timely discussion on tea as a global culture and global artistic/philosophic tradition that unites all cultures, all people. The symposium follows a dynamic format. Academic presentations are punctuated by tea ritual, performance and tea flowing from pot to audience.
Where: Radford Auditorium, behind the Art Gallery of South Australia
Lesley Kehoe talks on: "…linger in the foolishness of beautiful things.” Here is an expert insight into the art of combining objects and poetry in a tea gathering, known as 'tori-awase'. As one
of the foremost authorities on old and new Japanese art, Lesley's presentation promises rare insights into an obscure aspect of tea gatherings, normally visible only to initiates. Lesley's ideas
will surely have far-reaching implications to how we surround ourselves with objects, art and poetry, towards a deeper knowledge of our world and our selves.
Adam Wojciński talks on "Rikyu Has Left the Chashitsu", an historical analysis of tea culture during Rikyu's time and its relevance for modern tea practice. Drawing from his research into the early tea manuscripts of Rikyu and Furuta Oribe, Adam shows that early tea practice was the polar opposite of the rigid systems in place today. Tea was originally a unique hybrid of esoteric meditation, long durational, participatory and performance art, along with a balancing 'drinks with friends' vibe. The unifying aim was emancipation of spirit. Adam argues that tea practice in our time should be 'global from scratch', informed by an active study of the early tea manuscripts, largely untouched by formal tea schools.
By Dr Julian Worrall, Associate Professor – Architecture and Urban Design, M.Arch Program Director, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide
Richard Le Messurier
Architect and Phd candidate at the University of Adelaide
Kamo-no-Chomei’s ten foot square hut was a space of seclusion and repose for one man. Our 21st century version opens this microcosm to communicate with others. “Terminal” is a cluster of three distinct spaces corresponding to three domains of social communication: family; community; society. These spaces and devices catalyse conversations, encounters, and play among visitors and locals.
Materials are simple – timber sticks and plywood sheets; construction is direct and approachable. The architectural language is bold and vigorous, integrating elements from both Japanese tradition and the 20th century avant-garde. Provisional and dynamic, it invokes the constructive spirit of those periods when Kamo-no-Chomei’s river of time flows fastest – such as today.
Russell 'Rusty' Kelty opens the symposium with a talk on raku ceramics.
Tanaka Keinyu XI
Tea bowl (chawan)
mid-late 19th century, Kyoto
earthenware, ash glaze
Gift of Andrew and Hiroko Gwinnett through the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation 2007