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Rhei is a research studio that leverages contemporary art methodologies to orient, inform and inspire specialists in other industries. We have project managers in New York, Copenhagen and London. Our researchers are artists, curators, and theorists operating globally.

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We take an ontological approach to research giving primacy to the mobility of concepts, desires, and problems. We ask fundamental questions of the problem and represent our findings as a context.

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You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in the court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?

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“We began working with Rhei at a critical moment in the process of trying to secure permits for a major public artwork on public land. Rhei's consultation provided two key elements. First, Rhei's research allowed us to zoom out and see the entire project and its players—artist, funding organization, city administration, community stakeholders, and potential audiences—from a holistic point of view. Second, Rhei defined a tantalizing problem within a problem—Productive Antagonism—which inspired us to think more expansively and critically about our agency as the sponsoring organization.”
—Stacy Switzer, Artistic Director, Grand Arts
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A responsible trip sitter assists a drug user before, during, and after their experience; it is their responsibility to help the user by making sure they drink enough water, assisting them in moving around when needed, and generally doing whatever necessary to ensure their comfort throughout the trip… A sitter may help the drug user to integrate or understand their experiences when the experience is complete. Just as they did before, and during the trip, they may reassure the user about any fears or worries that have occurred. This discussion may take place immediately after the drug's effects have worn off, or they may wait until a later date.

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When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter [the Kingdom].

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Stephen Lichty is an artist based in New York. He holds a BS in Communication Studies from New York University. After co-directing a European gallery with roots in post-internet art, Lichty returned to New York to found Rhei in 2010.

David Hilmer Rex is an artist and researcher based in Copenhagen. He holds an MFA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art. Current research is focused on how artistic practice in its professionalized form may partake in decision-making processes beyond the infrastructure of late-modern/contemporary art. In 2014 David will be a visiting lecturer in Arts Management & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School.

Irene Rincón Iriondo is an artist and researcher based in London, UK. She holds a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and is an MA candidate in Film and Screen Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Carson Salter is an artist and researcher based in New York. He holds a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Carson's primary research focus is on knowledge management between art and non-art markets.



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