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Unwritten Rules Cannot Be Broken: Tea Gatherings

Tea gatherings are free with admission. No RSVP is required.

This is a reoccurring event that happens every Wednesdays from November 9, 2016 through March 8, 2017.

Since 2002 Yangjiang Group has been inviting neighbors in Yangjiang, its small hometown on the southern coast of China, to drink tea, play soccer, practice calligraphy, and enjoy communal dinners. As part of Unwritten Rules Cannot Be Broken, their newly commissioned work for Tales of Our Time, visitors are invited to converse and contemplate calligraphy over a cup of tea prepared and served by local tea brewers. This participatory installation is set inside, and a Chinese bamboo garden with a miniature pond is visible on an outside balcony overlooking Central Park. Visitors are also encouraged to measure their blood pressure and heart rate before and after experiencing this installation—a humorous ploy designed to calculate the purported relaxing effects of a tea gathering.