A lecture presented by Institute for New Feeling
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Doors: 6 p.m. | Lecture: 6:30 p.m.
Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD Campus
About the Lecture
Presenting a number of diverse media works – including video, virtual reality, SEO marketing, wellness products, and therapy sessions – Institute for New Feeling will highlight recent projects that investigate “wellness” as a shifting, slippery intersection of capitalism, technological innovation, and the body. Alongside this lecture, Institute will allow attendees to sample their new perfume line, A Collection of Air Qualities. This event will include a short post-lecture reception with the artists.
About the Speakers
Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) is a three-person collaborative founded by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle. The artists are based in Los Angeles, California and Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Their work takes the form of objects, installations, and digital publications that offer treatments, therapies, retreats, research studies and wellness products crafted to address life in the modern world. Institute has exhibited their work nationally and internationally.
The Senses Lecture Series:
This year’s VASD Program lecture series will present a variety of perspectives highlighting the extraordinary aspects of the most common element of our humanity: the senses.
Sensual experiences are simultaneously ordinary and mysterious. They constitute and construct our everyday life – allowing us to navigate, understand, and interact with the world – and are delicately complex, malleable membranes bridging our inner selves to the exterior environment. But the senses can also be deceived, altered, heightened, distorted, damaged, and augmented, affecting our interpretation and perception of reality, self, and environment. Advances in science and technology, as well as the enigmatic occurrences of clairvoyance and intuition, expand empirical knowledge beyond the corporal limitations of the traditional five senses.
Contemporary artists, scholars, and designers are creating and studying ways to stimulate and satiate the multifaceted senses, influencing our interactions and knowledge of the world and of our selves.