August 6, 2022

Punk Raku is the bastard child of the Dalai Lama and Patti Smith

the performance teaser

The demonstration film (FIFMA PRIZE 2018)

Installation Center Materia Quebec

Collaboration with restorers Fabian and Sarah Feldman


Raku developed in the 16th century in Japan in connection with the Zen Buddhist religion and the so-called “Wabi-Cha” tea ceremony.

Previously the tea ceremony used extremely refined ceramics imported from China. Under the influence of tea masters such as Sen no Rikyiu (1522 – 1591), the Wabi-Cha promotes an ideal of simplicity and humility which is found in the utensils used in the tea ceremony and in particular the bowls made by hand, without lathe by local artisans. It is to one of them, the potter Raku Chojiro, that Rikyu will entrust the manufacture of his bowls. Nowadays Kichizaemon, born in 1949, continues the tradition of the Raku dynasty. By extension, the term Raku has designated the clay bowls and utensils used for the Wabi-cha ceremony. Later Westerners appropriated the term Raku by associating it with a technical as