The Senses: RMCAD Welcomes the Institute for New Feeling


[Denver, CO] The fall 2016/spring 2017 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 the 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 ourselves.

The second event in its Senses lecture series Thursday, November 3 by three-person, Los Angeles-based collaborative, Institute for New Feeling.

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.

The 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.

FREE for RMCAD students, faculty, staff, and alumni
$5 Students from other institutions and 40 West Arts District Members
$10 General admission
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The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program explores critical, diverse, and creative inquiry. This interdisciplinary initiative enriches the academic experience at RMCAD and serves the greater Denver-metro community. More information about the program, this year’s schedule, complete lecture descriptions, speaker biographies, and ticket information can be found at


 A premier arts school in the Denver area, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is an innovative, rigorous, and community-oriented global learning environment that inspires passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities, and the world. Find more information at or by calling 800.888.ARTS.