ka18: Forest Tea House

Proposal / 2019

A ritual created to share food and art in the beautiful landscape of Omachi, Japan. It is designed as a space that continues the social gatherings of Art Festivals beyond the opening events of the first weeks. It forms an ephemeral community around one table. The ritual provides a moment of time in which strangers can sit together around a single table to share a light regional meal while enjoying, discussing and admiring a highlighted work of art. This is a platform for dialogue and discussion that go beyond the quick photographic succession and the terse rubbing shoulders around gallery spaces. Brunch Museum allows one to commit a prolonged period of time to slow enjoyment. Here one can pause and contemplate, engaging in conversation with the other guests of this quiet forest. The frame is flexible and inviting enough to inspire artists to provide site specific installations within it.