The Soothing Center 2.0 (main gallery) + (project space)
curated by Jesse Bandler Firestone

July 29th, 2017 – Sept 15th, 2017
Opening Reception: July 29th; 7–9PM
On View: Friday - Sunday 1–4PM; by appointment - trestleprojects@gmail.com
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The Soothing Center 2.0

July 29th, 2017 – Sept 15th, 2017
Opening Reception: July 29th 7–9PM

ft. Cole Lu, Paula Part, Mj Caselden, Deric Carner, Weina Lin + Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde, 
Institute for New feeling, Keren Moscovitch, Joe Winograd, Mattia Casalegno, Whitt Foresster
+ more TBA.

The Soothing Center 2.0 is an alternative spa featuring interactive artworks aimed at combating the daily bombardment of negative stimulation embedded in our material and media cultures. Sensory based therapies stimulate the mind and body at a molecular level while addressing an array of topics including the intersection of capitalism and wellness, body politics, intimacy, and the failures of language. While formally a functioning spa, the Soothing Center 2.0 is also an "intra-lational" art exhibition that brings together makers and practitioners to exhibit a unique type of art that actively affects the viewer through chemistry, participation, and biohacking by utilizing wearable architecture, instructional video meditations, herbalism, and poetic gestures that can incorporated into a daily routine. The Soothing Center is a cleanse where the body can recalibrate its relationship with itself, stimuli, and governing constructs. For its second iteration The Soothing Center will have three parts including  a standing exhibition, rotating interactive therapies, and supplemental programming including workshops, talks, and group sessions. Together, these elements combine to create an exhibition with functional purpose and opportunities to learn while archiving a moment in time where artists of all types are working to break down conditioned tropes and provide alternative spaces for empathy, interconnectivity, and new feelings through interactive and participatory projects.