T’S THE WORD: On any given Friday night in mid-August, Miami Beach houses resemble a bomb shelter at war’s end. That most cinematic Miami locale, nightclub Aura in the oceanfront penthouse of the Fontainebleau South Beach hotel is adorning, but its patrons have chosen to chat elsewhere. The vibes here are not welcoming enough for the heedless middle-age set seeking to spill a few more rounds of tequila in the off chance of hallucinating. The psychadelic bacchanal–AC3–that is Miami Swim Week has all but eliminated this space as a nightclub spot.
So the people have made their way indoors at Planet Huka, a two-story space in the Shrine nightclub complex, for an event billed as “Revel in the Natural Beauty of Natural Regeneration,” the theme for Miami Art Basel Miami Beach’s current incarnation. Here, executive directors Stan Goldstein and Nickolay Lamm explain the mission.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF PRIMEDIKA?
The mission is to honor the healing qualities of nature. The Healology conference and retreat presented in Bali by Bali’s President Joko Widodo last year was a huge inspiration for us to start working on Healology NYC. We wanted to use a World-class venue for some healing events, a two-story space that would reflect the hub of natural rejuvenation and mindfulness. Our retreat, which took place over two days last November, included yoga, meditation, healing arts, liturgies and pottery workshops. After that weekend, we decided to use it for monthly wellness retreats.
HOW DID YOU GO ABOUT SELECTING THE RIGHT PARTICIPANTS FOR YOUR REVEL?
There were several different approaches to the program. We all wanted to put on programming that celebrated healing and that incorporated a little bit of everything in our community. We collaborated with a number of studios, including Aquafactory, Somalik, Addiction Therapies, [his space for] environmental designer movement, Seed House and many more, and we just had to accept that, having people join in a buffet style rather than selecting specifically and participating with this experience.
WHEN DID YOU LEARN THIS MOVEMENT WAS STARTED BY A REPUBLICAN MALE?
God, I wish I could tell you when I first knew, but I think it was a few years ago and I was interested. I am a semi-obscure collector who thinks a little bit outside the box. We also support President Joko Widodo, who also is head of Jakarta’s Rum-society. He was a University of Indonesia history professor and one of our Indoneaian-American co-founders.
DO YOU BELIEVE BASEL FLORIDA’S HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD SYNDROME AND DEPRESSION INPARTICULAR REFLECTS HER CRISIS
I think that the nation’s strength should not be measured by the largest organization, and it has changed the face of architecture. However, I do believe that the city has a proven history of developing disenfranchised populations and addressing the culture, specifically girls and women in a way that is very strong.
Our guests this week include Azhayna Aya, Mayra Celina Garcia, Elizar Maurel Santana, Julia Abol Koehabi, Komal Jaisy, Gil Mendez and two others will be joining us in the next month. You can expect to see new programs, new artwork and new silent auction items this year. We are also putting out a call for artists to participate in our Healology NY program, and have partnered with a law firm here in New York City called Sullivan Greenberg Law. They are inviting families to participate in healing rituals, and meditations, and talking circles over the course of the season to get the mindset of their communities to a new place.
WHAT DO YOU SAID THE TEMPORARY MUSEUM SHOULD BE LOCATED AND WHY?
I’d love to see an outdoor museum set up as a venue for Healology. I have a passion for the relationship between nature and culture, and the way we treat the planet is really at the heart of Healology.
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