''... to see is not seeing completely.
Seeing led them to using and using led to seeing still deeper. Without using there is no complete seeing, for nothing so emphasises the beauty of things as their right application.''
The Unknown Craftsman
One of the elements of the Japanese tea ceremony is the utensils used. The tea masters found ordinary everyday objects and adapted them for the ritual. The objects were valued for their use and without them the ritual could not be performed.
In this home intervention two rituals are incorporated into the everyday routine. They utilise ordinary objects, giving them place and purpose. These rituals are also set up to explore ways of facilitating the rituality of the everyday.
Eat Your Vitamins
A place for
eating your daily vitamins
2. old magazine
4. wooden spoon
5. old jar
6. jar container
A way of showering and watering your plants
1. plastic container
2. plastic pail
4. a shower
The videos resulted in being partially instructional and performative of how to carry out the new rituals. It became a way of making the familiar new. However it was difficult to sustain the ritual because it was too ceremonial and included an excess amount of elements. As Stanley Cohen mentions in Escape Attempts, The Theory and practice of resistance to everyday life, "routine is tolerable as long as they do not usurp such free domains..." Therefore it became important to distinguish between ritual and rituality.
" Rituality is the return, through repetition, to a task that, despite its habitual nature, is nonetheless capable of shifting the field of experience. The morning coffee that opens the way for the day to begin. The cleaning of the desk that creates conditions for a day of writing."
The Minor Gesture