The Mobile Sauna was operating in front of the Syracuse University Art Galleries last week as part of ‘The eNTH Degree: MFA 2013.’ Approximately 45 people used the sauna, many of them new to sauna culture.
The animated gifs below provided by SOR on Proper Proof is of the “Shag on Roofs Band” the first sauna users of the evening, including band members; SU Art Galleries very own David Prince, Pam McLaughlin representing the Everson, Paul Pearce representing Proper Proof and number one SOR groupie Julie Longmore. More photos coming soon!
The Mobile Sauna was in the Hawley Green and University neighborhoods in Syracuse in February. It will be operating at the Gandee Gallery, 7846 Main St. Fabius NY 13063, this Saturday March 9th from 6-10pm. This sauna session coincides with a gallery talk and opening reception for Gandee Gallery’s exhibition Tea Bowls: A Contemporary Approach. You can learn more about Gandee Gallery at www.gandeegallery.com
Come join us for the reception and to sauna. Bring a towel and flip flops!
photo credits: Top left by Andy Frost. Top right by Joe Roggenbuck
This is a common saying in sauna cultures throughout the world. DS Institute member, Misha, sports a sauna hat that says (in Russian) “In the Banya everyone is equal” In Finnish culture the saying is often associated with the comfort of embracing nudity in the sauna. Everyone is equal and has nothing to hide.
In the Mobile Sauna people wear as little or as much as they please, but the idiom still holds true. Hierarchical interactions are left outside in the cold. People who’s daily interactions are typically limited, harried, or work related share this intimate cleansing environment. The physical exertion of the body as it sweats induces mental relaxation. In addition to the enjoyment of sharing the sauna with friends and healthy relations the sauna provides an atmosphere advantageous to people engaged in tense or disagreeable dialogue. The benches in the mobile sauna form a semi circle around hearth aiding in the natural flow of conversation.
Photo credits: Top left by Andy Frost. Top middle, right and below by Joe Roggenbuck
Photos where taken during Mobile Sauna sessions in the Hawley Green and University neighborhood in February.
Yesterday a man broke into a home in California to use a sauna. I came accross this “bizarre” story on the internet today. But is this really so bizarre? It is cold outside, even in California (at least if you are from there). On top of this, it is flu season. There are some serious health benefits to using a sauna related to the flu.
It appears that saunaing can stop the onset of an infection (the hot air kills germs in the upper respiratory tract). Also, it seems that the increase in circulation helps your body take advantage of new anti-bodies (such as ones delivered by a vaccine). But hey, I’m not a doctor, so please check out the info yourself here.
So in light of all this pro-sauna information, is it so bizarre to want to sauna so badly as to break into someone’s house? Before you spend too much time on this question, consider the better option. Contact the Mobile Sauna team and get the sauna at your place! Email us at contact -at- dsinstitute.com
As we enter the sauna season in full, I wanted to share some scientific evidence with you. But first, do you know what BPA is? Bisphenol A is a compound found in a lot of plastics, like the plastic used to line most metal food cans. It also happens to be a synthetic hormone and thus an endocrine disruptor (woops).
Based on a study I found in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, it seems that “induced sweating appears to be a potential method for elimination of BPA”. They are not using a large group of people for these tests, but the results are still encouraging.
So, to all those with a heavy body burden (and that is most of us), we wish you the best of sweats this winter! Happy new year from the DS Institute.
A couple weeks ago we had the opportunity to sauna with LA based artist Edgar Arceneaux during his visit to Syracuse. An artist who’s practice embraces the intersection of art, culture, and community. It was great to sauna with and get advice from a pro!
We also fired up the sauna in a different corner of the Westcott neighborhood! We will be laying low as this year comes to an end, but will be on the move in mid-January!
During this sauna session in the Outer Comstock neighborhood conversation happened both inside and outside of the sauna. The nature of these conversations are different but equally important. Those whose curiosity was peeked by the presence of this object, but were unable or not interested in using the sauna spoke with us about the fact that they never get together and rarely see one another. These people were still came and were excited to have an excuse to hang out with their neighbors. The sauna inspired a sense of neighborliness.
We recorded this description of the Mobile Sauna for the TONY 2012 Audio Tour. Click the link below to listen.