It was a great honor to present an update on our project at the Cleveland Institute of Art Unruly Engagements Conference. We showed photos and presented the story of the mobile sauna. We also did a live showcase of a sweat battery charging mobile phones which was created with the sweat of conference goers. We collected the sweat the night before, at Banya Tamazonka in Cleveland (a Russian wet sauna).
The sweat battery organizes and contains the sweat, which is a representation of externalized stress. We are not erasing the problems that cause the stress: the sweat battery still holds a charge. But we are dealing with the stress by pushing it out so it is no longer inside, causing problems for the mind and body. The mobile sauna is a vehicle for conversation and rejuvenation and acting as a weapon against factionalism and powering neighborliness.
Thank you to CIA and especially Gary Sampson and Jose Teixeira for bringing us there. It was an honor to be part of such a stellar lineup of presenters who discussed engaging and socially minded projects. It was great to meet new friends and connect with old ones. We hope to be back to Cleveland soon!
These photos where taken at the Ideas City Festival on May 4th. It was a great day of sharing ideas and sweating on the Lower East Side. Sweat collected from sauna users during the festival was used in a DS Institute Sweat Battery which was exhibited at 25CPW Gallery the end of May. The battery can be seen below in post on “Maximizing Sweat Equity.” All NYC photos were taken by Andrew Frost.
Blip TV and Russian TV featured the DS Institute in their coverage of the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival. Check it out below! We come on around 2:20 on Blip TV and 1:00 on Russian TV. During the festival sauna users volunteered their sweat which was used as an active ingredient in an electrical battery that charged cell phones. The battery will be exhibited and available to charge your phone as part of the eNth Degree at 25CPW Gallery next week. (Reception May 23, 6-8pm)
We presented our mobile sauna in New York City and got a very great reception. People used our sauna and volunteered their sweat. We turned this sweat into electrical batteries on the spot and charged our cell phone. Here is the instruction sheet we presented to explain how it works. The full instruction PDF is here.