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Glacial Therapy is a hybrid medical-plus-ecology intervention that provides a speculative design of future habitation and human existence in response to the Anthropocene. The project specifically investigates the potential use of mineral-rich glacial lagoon – Jokulsarlon, in Southern Iceland - for the production of skin therapy experiences. At the same time, it also repurposes exploited mineral to create an interiority that heals both humans and the wider environment. The project is organized into three different major elements: the glacial garden, a skin treatment center, and a hydro-geo-engineering lab. The glacial garden provides an experiential transition between exploitation and recovery that straddles ice, water, and black silica. The skin treatment centre provides an intense sensory and therapeutic sequence for visitors to journey through below the earth. The hydro-geo-engineering lab extends this project, by kick starting the hydrological process recovery for the melting glacier lagoon. The project ultimately operates over a long time period – perhaps even millennia - as a living archive: preserving and hosting performances of therapeutic experience, and generating a laboratory for exploring the human health and environment relation in a loop. Glacial Therapy ties together the experience of exploitation and rehabilitation that creates a more stable relationship between human and environment.

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Steffi Sunarto
Glacial Therapy
2016

Steffi Sunarto
Steffi Sunarto
Steffi Sunarto
Steffi Sunarto

Monash University
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