Room for Movement, installation opened at Marres, Maastricht, from 18 January  – 23 March 2014

Initiated and curated by Valentijn Byvanck with Chris Kabel

For the Winter Anti Depression Show, Marres was turned into an Art Resort for those who feel weak, tired, overwrought and unsocial in the winter months. The resort featured a series of therapeutic rooms, planned and executed by artists and designers to boost the senses. Accompanied by gentle hosts, visitors walked over ribbed floors, felt summer flowers, let the sun caress their skin, dreamed in a sonic bed, composed sound landscapes, relaxed with St John’s wort tea, and improved their condition through motion play.

WADS is a prototype for a new, innovative connection between healthcare and culture. The project opened up a new perspective on the social function and role of art institutions. It was not only an attractive pastime for a broad audience, or an alternative therapeutic facility, but also a playful testing ground for the non-medical treatment of complex health care problems.

WADS was a collaborative project with designer Chris Kabel, food designer Katja Gruijters, set developer Ludmila Rodrigues, artist/composer Kaffe Matthews, ‘Pioneers of Play’ Fourcelabs, perfume maker Alessandro Gualtieri and artists Lisa Pacini and Christine Istad.

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Photos by Gert Jan van Rooij