Pedro Reyes - Artist
PEDRO REYES
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SANATORIUM is a transient clinic which provides short, unexpected therapies. The only way to experience this project is to sign up as a patient.

SANATORIUM starts with an interview where you are diagnosed and then appointed to experience at least 3 of 16 available therapies.

SANATORIUM therapies are variations or mash ups of existing schools such as Gestalt psychology, theater warm-up exercises, fluxus events, conflict resolution techniques, trust-building games, corporate coaching, psychodrama, and hypnosis.

SANATORIUM is a delivery system of placebos. In the same way as a Brechtian play, to be aware of the set up doesn't prevents it from doing the trick. For a skeptical mindset magic has to be deprived of its aura.

SANATORIUM offers a secular space for psychological processes that can be found in religion or shamanism. When you sign in you sign a release form warning you that this is not real therapy nor real therapist. You decide to believe. Suspension of belief has to maintain, eventually you decide to believe, to tell yourself a story.

SANATORIUM works with each individual's own narratives.

SANATORIUM is a democratization of therapy, a 'psychological first aid'. The sessions are conducted by non-professionals. It taps into the excess capacity that we have to help others.



MANIFESTO

SANATORIUM takes COGNITIVE SCIENCE  
  out of BIOLOGICAL EXPLANATION  
  and into A THEATER OF PROOF  
SANATORIUM takes SHAMANISM  
  out of ETHNOGRAPHIC SPECIFICITY  
  and into INSTRUCTION BASED ACTIVITIES  
SANATORIUM takes CURATORIAL PRACTICE  
  out of THE SYSTEM OF ART OBJECTS  
  and into NARRATIVES OF THE SELF  
SANATORIUM takes ANGER MANAGMENT  
  out of 12-STEP PROGRAMS  
  and into SOCIAL CATHARSIS  
SANATORIUM takes WORSHIP  
  out of RELIGION  
  and into SECULAR MEANINGFULNESS  
SANATORIUM takes SORCERY  
  out of THE GLOOM  
  and into RATIONAL INTENTIONALITY  
SANATORIUM takes PROXEMICS  
  out of ANTROPOLOGY  
  and into WARM-UP ROUTINES  
SANATORIUM takes SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  
  out of DIAGNOSTICS  
  and into TACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION  
SANATORIUM takes ONTOLOGY  
  out of PHILOSOPHY  
  and into THE OCCAM'S RAZOR OF ALGEBRA  
SANATORIUM takes CONFESSION  
  out of THE ECONOMY OF GUILT  
  and into INNOCUOUS HEARSAY  
SANATORIUM takes SINESTHESIA  
  out of POETICS  
  and into EXPERIMENTAL METHOD  
SANATORIUM takes ORACLES  
  out of ESOTERISM  
  and into GAME THEORY  
SANATORIUM takes BODY LANGUAGE  
  out of LOCAL CULTURAL SYNTAX  
  and into AN UNIVERSALTHESAURUS  
SANATORIUM takes VISUAL ORDINANCE  
  out of ICONOGRAPHY  
  and into SELF-MADE MANDALAS  
SANATORIUM takes LITERARY FORM  
  out of CULTURAL VALUE  
  and into A PERSONAL RHETORIC  
SANATORIUM takes MEDITATION  
  out of SPIRITUALITY  
  and into AESTHETIC PURSUIT  
SANATORIUM takes RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING  
  out of SELFHELP  
  and into PRACTICAL JOKES  
SANATORIUM   AIMS TO BE A TOOL  
    IN THE ADVANCEMENT  
    OF SOCIATRY*  
    *The technique of Healing Social Systems  
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