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Tea Room
(2022-)

Artist Statement:


“Humanity has met a teacup.”

Weaving a variety of mediums together–including sound installation, sculpture, happening, podcast, poetry, and performance—Wang strives to capture the multi-sensory, healing experience of tea-drinking. Tea Room serves as an embodiment of the pre and post colonial history, aesthetic, philosophy, and identity politics of tea and tea-drinking. Through the investigation of navigating one’s personal identity, he uses this interdisciplinary project to address the evolution from ethnic minority to global citizen in intercultural dialogues.

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Poetry:
Songs of Seven Cups
七碗茶诗

诗歌原文(节选)
《走笔谢孟谏议寄新茶》(七碗茶诗)

唐·卢仝


一碗喉吻润,二碗破孤闷。

三碗搜枯肠,唯有文字五千卷。

四碗发轻汗,平生不平事尽向毛孔散。

五碗肌骨清,六碗通仙灵。

七碗吃不得也,唯觉两腋习习清风生。

Original Poem (Excerpt)
"Songs of Seven Cups" 

by Lu Tong from Tang Dynasty


The first cup of tea kisses the throat;
The second cup shatters the wall of solitude;
The third cup explores the dry stream and opens up the poetry of my soul;
The fourth cup evaporates with the rest of world;
The fifth cup penetrates and sharpens the body;
The sixth cup calling;
And the seventh cup slowly sits steaming; the wind under my skin.

(English Translation by Haotian Wang)

Audio Works

7 sound works based on "Songs of Seven Cups" + 7 podcasts

Visual Works

"Poems on a Tea Cake"

CHATEE (Word Search Game)

Yellow Tea

Tea Room (2023)

Documentary, Sound, 2-Channel

Performance Works

I hosted 3 series of performances in New York and Chicago.

(1) Immersive Sonic Meditation @Gaia Nomaya, New York City

Guided meditation session based on Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening teachings + Music performance + Poetry reading

(2) Tea: Story of the Leaves @Wirtz Theater, Chicago

A 75-minute performance exploring immersive music performance (Live Ambient Set) + Tea ceremony.

 

(3) Tea: Story of the Leaves @Elastic Arts, Chicago

A 90-minute 16-Channel performance

with 2 Live Band Ambient Sets + Tea ceremony

As part of the Chicago Laboratory for Electro-Acoustic Theatre (CLEAT) Listening and Performance Series.

The work aims to create an embodied experience that creates an open, communal space for deep listening, meditation, and healing.

Tea Room

For detailed descriptions of individual tea projects, please click on the images below🍵

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