Rainer Prohaska
Mobile Tea House

Mobile Architektur für interkulturelle Kommunikation im öffentlichen Raum

Out of Graz, Event / Action / Happening / Party / Walk / Intervention


29.9.2016, 30.9.2016 & 1.10.2016, 12:00 – 19:30
Hauptplatz Leibnitz

Öffentliche Baustelle

29.9.2016 & 30.9.2016, ab 12:00

Tee für ganz Leibnitz

30.9.2016, 18:00
7.10.2016, 8.10.2016 & 9.10.2016, 12:00 – 19:30

Parkplatz vis-à-visKniely Haus Leutschach

Öffentliche Baustelle

7.10.2016 & 8.10.2016, ab 12:00

Tee für ganz Leutschach

8.10.2016, 18:00

Hauptplatz Leibnitz, Kniely Haus Leutschach

Production specifics
Koproduktion steirischer herbst, Institut für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Steiermark

Rainer Prohaska brings ratchet straps and beams used in timber construction to Leibnitz and Leutschach, calling on people to build a tea house together. An appeal for flexibility and openness: And an invitation to engage in a dialogue between all cultures.

In the Middle and Far East, tea rooms serve as centres of social interaction. Drinking tea is an everyday mode of communication in states such as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Lebanon. Japan and China even erect buildings dedicated to tea drinking – a source of inspiration for Rainer Prohaska.

The Krems-born artist has been invited to solo exhibitions and lectures in numerous countries and has got to know about different forms of tea ceremonies. Inspired by this, Prohaska invites people to build a “Mobile Tea House” together. With the aid of ratchet straps and beams used in timber construction, the aim is to build a social site that will serve tea for the whole community.

In this combination of architecture and performance, Prohaska builds a bridge between cultural differences. The special mode of construction and aesthetic embody flexibility and the positive handling of change. By means of contributions from guest artists, the tea house becomes a hub of talk, discussion and chat. But what may not be missing: Tea ceremonies from a wide range of cultures around the world.

Konzept / Idee: Rainer Prohaska
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Rainer Prohaska