Artist's pop-up clinic treats urban ennui

Pedro Reyes sports the Sanatorium staff uniform. Click here to enlarge. (


Imagine a pop-up health clinic dedicated to treating common urban afflictions, like chronic stress and loneliness, in surprising and often playful ways. Pedro Reyes's Sanatorium is exactly that kind of place. 

The Mexican artist's installation, commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum and set to open Saturday in Toronto's Power Plant gallery, invites city-dwellers to experience the therapeutic applications of interactive art. 

Reyes joins Jian to share exactly what happens in the Sanatorium, how the silly and serious aspects of the project co-exist, and why he thinks we might all benefit from psychological placebos. 

Reyes introduces some of his previous installations, all designed to promote positive social change.

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