Interview: Aesthetics and Therapeutics Lab

The collaborative video artist and therapist discuss contemporary dome art, and its ability to serve as a space of wonder, stimulation and healing

by Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi The last time CH spoke with video artist Jakob LeBaron Dwight, he remarked on the effects of light entrainment on the brain and the possible restorative value of light in the context of art. Dwight’s body of work has always manipulated light and its movement, but never dealt directly with how the medium serves to heal and promote feelings of well-being …

Vila Mat

Relax your muscles and balance your chi with this Swedish acupressure mat

Whether you’re looking for a little therapeutic relief after a long day on hill or just need to balance the flow of your inner chi, the Vila Mat aims to help. Created by snowboarders Justin Steinhardt and Hjalmar Hedman, the Vila Mat harnesses the power of acupuncture through its crown-shaped plastic spikes—a remedy known to reduce physical pain, increase circulation and boost mental energy. Commonly …

Someone to Love

Cristina Nuñez turns twenty years of self-portraits into a book and therapy technique

Photographer Cristina Nuñez began shooting self-portraits more than 20 years ago, unabashedly turning the lens on herself way before webcams and mobile phones with cameras made the format ubiquitous. Today she boldly declares she has a mission: transforming human suffering into art. Her longtime expertise in photography, as well as experience teaching in prisons, mental health centers, art academies, companies and schools, led her to …