Magic Tea

Is a design research project which explores how we might bring the transcendent and the everyday closer together. Making and drinking tea is chosen as the everyday activity. Within this context an attempt is made to make the Buddhist concept of Emptiness experienceable. The most important characteristic of an Emptiness experience is the insight into the interconnectedness and impermanence of all phenomena.

This hallmark is represented in the installation by the technology used. Through Internet of Things technology the user and utensils are connected and responsive to each other. By adding interactive media (e.g. light, sound, vibration) based on biometric data the senses are unexpectedly stimulated during the different phases of the activity. The aim is to blur the borders between the objects and the user and facilitate an embodied experience of Emptiness.

The video below shows a demonstration of the first prototype. The next step will be to completely automate the system in order for users to execute the tea ceremony independently.

Awareness Lab: concept, design, research, prototyping

Thanks to: Mirthe van der Poel (execution), Pietertje Westerink (reporting), Emanuela Slanzi (demonstration), Hans van Arken (IoT), Scott van Haastrecht (electronics).

Made possible by: Avans University of Applied Sciences, Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (CARADT)

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