"Folding Cosmos" is a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, held in New York on Sept 3-11, 2011 to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City and March 11, 2011 in Japan. This exhibit is both a commemoration and symbol of hope for the rebuilding of those communities devastated by tragedy.
To imply the idea of a miniature universe, Miwako Kurashima named this project “Folding Cosmos,” saying, “Together, we will travel around the universe in the ‘ark,’ in this case, expressed in the most minimal space found in a Japanese tea house: the alcove.” Takeshiro Matsuura, an explorer who lived in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, used “The One-Mat Room,” a single tatami mat in an alcove in his final residence. This serves as the motif for this project’s concept.
The idea of appreciating the contemporary expressions of our artists over a cup of tea stems from the traditional tea ceremony in Japan, which treasures every meeting as a “once in a lifetime” experience. By doing this, we would like to share not only the contemporary and traditional part of Japanese culture but also its view of the world and even its hidden miniature universes.