Mel Kimura Bucholtz

Stillness Becoming Alive

Guggenheim's "Stillspotting" Project

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The Stillspotting concept is the brainchild of the Guggenheim Museum's Asst Curator David Van Der Leer. Stillspotting will provide New Yorkers the rare opportunity of encountering moments of stillness, still spots, in their hectic city lives.

Five artists were selected, each assigned a borough of New York in which to display their work.  For the first site, Brooklyn, Van Der Leer chose the wonderfully playful and brilliantly ingenious Mexican artist Pedro Reyes. Knowing New Yorkers fascination with therapies of all kinds Pedro Reyes created The Sanatorium in which visitors could try a host of therapies to evoke their own stillness. Visitors could choose from a mixture of whimsical and semi-serious therapies, e.g. The Tuning Effect™, laughter, sand play, hypnosis and others.

Pedro Reyes and Mel Kimura Bucholtz met in Cambridge, Mass in 2006 where Pedro experienced The Tuning Effect™ for rapidly achieving a state of calmness.

During the 8 day Sanatorium Art Project more than 400 visitors experienced the Tuning Effect™. A survey before and after was conducted evaluating the impact of the Tuning Effect. Please click here to read the details of this survey.


MEDIA COVERAGE for the Stillspotting/Sanatorium project:

Sanatorium Press

New York Times:  Art Exhibit Offers 'Urban Therapy' for NYers


The Washington Post

CBS News


Art Daily: Guggenheim Project by Pedro Reyes Explores Stillness and Quiet within New York City

ARTINFO: 14 Questions for Artist Pedro Reyes

Architect's Newspaper: Guggenheim's Newest Exhibit to Offer Therapy

Antenna Magazine: Stillspotting nyc

The L Magazine: After Bilbao, Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Plans Next Expansion in Downtown Brooklyn

Design Observer: Mexican designer-artist Pedro Reyes opens a temporary sanatorium in Brooklyn

Cool Hunting:This Week's Picks (stillspotting nyc)

Core77: Pedro Reyes' Sanatorium, a Social Experiment in Sanity for Busy New Yorkers

The Fader: The Guggenheim Brings Alternative Art Therapy to Downtown Brooklyn


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