WADS: Winter Anti-Depression Show

The Winter Anti Depression Show (WADS)
Exhibition at Marres Maastricht

18 January  – 23 March 2014

Initiator and curator
With Chris Kabel

For the Winter Anti Depression Show we turned Marres 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, dreamt in a sonic bed, composed sound landscapes, relaxed with St John’s wort tea, and improved their condition through motion play.

With WADS we attempted to develop 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 Ludmilla Rodrigues, artist/composer Kaffe Matthews, ‘Pioneers of Play’ Fourcelabs, perfume maker Alessandro Gualtieri and artists Lisa Pacini and Christine Istad.

Funding: Stichting Doen

Browse through the exhibition booklet here.

Click on the links to read articles about the exhibition published in De Limburger (Dutch), MetropolisM (Dutch), Kunstbeeld (Dutch) and Museumtijdschrift (Dutch).