D A M B I K I M
tea & incense ceremony master
herbal forager, researcher & alchemist
Dambi tries to deliver the serenity and transience of life through tea, incense, words and sounds. By playing a Korean traditional black zither, she was first introduced to the way of tea. Philosophically, medieval Japanese Tea Master, Sen Rikyu’s wabi-sabi teaching immensely caught her mind. She simply wanted to put it into practice in her every day life. She fell in love with Chinese tea during her sojourn in Europe. She returned to Asia to learn Eastern tea and incense ceremony as well as Buddhist cuisine which can nurture the humble state of body and mind.
While sheltering in her Mind Temple away from the contaminated planet during the pandemic, Dambi woke up from a long digital hibernation and stepped outside of the comfort zone. Uploading ancient technology on the virtual-spiritual world, Dambi conducts researches on herbs & plants to produce functional foods and drinks and invite guests to holistic experiences in a verbal/non-verbal way. Based on environment, nature, science, philosophy, anthropology, sensory-analysis and modern technology, her ritual-esque service is experimental yet possesses a certain message for humanity.
With her practice, she hopes for a revival of a lost connection between human and non-human beings in a playful manner. She is currently based in Berlin and Seoul working on performances, participatory workshops, food experimentations, and modern rituals.
S K I L L S
— Contemporary tea & incense ceremony master
— Buddhist cuisine / cha kaiseki ryori practitioner
— Mastery in environmental, peaceful and spiritual service
— Creative F&B menu developer at restaurant/bar/brands
— Site-specific plant researcher on western & eastern medicinal herbs
— Host of multi-sensory workshops such as herbal foraging, tea blending, incense making
— Challenging & experimental integration in theatre, exhibition, gallery, community and nature
C O L L A B O R A T I O N
Seoul Botanic Park, Onyang Folk Museum, Woraksan Hostel Resort, Nonfiction, MIGIUI, Nouhaus Furniture, Cociety, Esteem Modeling Agency, Delphic, EEUM, Gallery Tonin, Gallery Nine, Orer Archive, L'Occitane Korea, Ryodan Showroom Paris, Paula Canovas Del Vas, Fiskars Art & Design Biennale, Infra Festival Tokyo, Berliner Festspiele, Porto Design Biennale, La Friche Belle de Mai Marseille, Galerie Wedding, Veterinary Anatomy Theater Berlin, ITO Projekt-Raum Stuttgart, Lobe Block Berlin, Ryoko Senses Salon Berlin, Arte Sensivel Guiranmães, Nowy Theatre Warsaw, Design Studio Schad, LAR Studio Stuttgart
and many more
E D U C A T I O N
Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg, Germany
MA in Live Art Forms Performative Practices (2021)
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea
BA in French & English Translation & Interpretation (2015)