In this activity there is a scale model of a museum; on the wall you’ll find shelves with a number of small figures with which you may find a formal realization to their internal worlds. The figures from which they can choose should represent as complete as possible a cross-section of all inanimate and animate beings which we encounter in the external world as well as in the inner imaginative world: trees, plants, stones, marbles, mosaics, wild and domesticated animals, ordinary women and men pursuing various activities, soldiers, fairytale figures, religious figures from diverse cultural spheres, houses, fountains, bridges, ships, vehicles, etc. The “therapist” will play the role of a curator who will help you to install a scale version of an exhibition about your life. Not only from your birth to the present, but including future events, key images and objects will be arranged in the space narrating in this way your past an future life as an exhibition.
Key to the galleries in The Museum of Hypotetical Lifetimes
Sanatorium is located at the storefront level of 1 Metrotech Center with an entrance at 345 Jay Street, in downtown Brooklyn, New York. Hours are Thursdays, June 2 and 9, 2–10 pm; Fridays, June 3 and 10, 2–10 pm; Saturdays, June 4 and 11, 10 am–10 pm; and Sundays, June 5 and 12, 10 am–10 pm. Visitors may select up to three sessions from a choice of over 15, with registration times offered every two hours. On Sundays, June 5 and 12, special sessions will be offered for families, with complimentary admission for two children (12 and under) per purchased ticket. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for members. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. To learn about specific sessions, find directions, and purchase tickets, visit guggenheim.org/stillspotting.
Exhibition: stillspotting nyc / Sanatorium by Pedro Reyes
Venue: 1 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, New York
Dates: June 2–5, June 9–12, 2011
“New Yorkers are notably fascinated with a variety of therapies that help them cope with their hectic schedules, demanding lifestyle choices, and often complicated relationships that the city stimulates. As a result, New York counts a disproportionate number of psychotherapists, self-improvement instructors, life coaches, and the like that host intriguing sessions in equally fascinating spaces around the city. In his temporary clinic, Sanatorium (installed as the first edition of stillspotting nyc in Brooklyn), artist Pedro Reyes combines the best of New York’s existing therapy landscape with unexpected, short, experimental treatments. In two-hour windows, Sanatorium visitors experience up to three sessions from a choice of 15 and meet a series of fascinating therapy professionals. Balancing reality and parody, Sanatorium draws from Gestalt psychology, theater warm-up exercises, Fluxus events, conflict resolution techniques, trust-building games, corporate coaching, psychodrama, and hypnosis. While some of the sessions should be experienced alone, others are specifically catered to couples and larger groups. On Sundays, special sessions will be offered for children.”