A Virtual Reality Experience - by Brennan Hatton, Naoko Wowsugi & Skylar Fein.
Participatory performance Tea(r)ism created a ritualistic safe space in which audience participated in a tea ceremony / group crying therapy. While they drink a native Hawaiian Mamaki medicinal detox tea, participants release emotions and negative energy by the act of crying. Originally exhibited in the Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, during July 7-9, 2017 as part of Ae Kai: A Culture Lab on Convergence, presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. This video is a small glimpse of the a virtual reality adaptation of the original experience.