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VASD Presents Sounds in Outer & Inner Space by Dario Robleto

  • RMCAD 1600 Pierce Street Lakewood, CO, 80214 United States (map)

Denver, Co.-  Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) presents the third event in its Senses lecture series with distinguished artist, Dario Robleto’s lecture titled Sounds in Outer and Inner Space: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat. This event will take place Thursday, December 1, 2016 in the Mary Harris Auditorium on RMCAD’s campus. Robleto’s lecture continues the yearlong Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program series exploring a variety of perspectives on the extraordinary aspects of the most common element of our humanity: the senses. 

About the Lecture: 

Dario Robleto’s lecture will premiere a new artwork in the form of a performative lecture expanding on the artist's extensive research of the human heartbeat. Part storytelling, part original research, and part rare sound archive, this lecture will weave together a myriad of topics—including the earliest attempts to record the heartbeat as sound and image, the heartbeat and brainwave recordings currently on a probe heading for the edge of the solar system, pre-Edison sound recordings, and recent developments in the history of the artificial heart. The result is a creative intertwining of multiple histories of human exploration through various methods of empirical investigation in both outer and inner space. This event will include a short post-lecture reception with the artist. 

About the Artist:

Dario Robleto is a transdisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. His work has been extensively exhibited including museums such as at the Menil Collection in Houston, TX, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Robleto has been a visiting artist, scholar, and lecturer at many universities and institutions, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. He has been a research fellow and resident at institutions such as Rice University and the Smithsonian Museum of American History. In 2015 he joined a distinguished team of scientists as the artistic consultant to “Breakthrough Message”—a multi-national effort that aims to encourage intellectual and technical debate about how and what to communicate if the current search for intelligent beings beyond Earth is successful. He is currently serving as an Artist-in-Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering and at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA. He was recently appointed as the 2016 Texas State Artist Laureate. 

Ticketing Information:

All Senses lecture series events are free for current RMCAD students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The general public may purchase tickets at for $10 per lecture. Students from other institutions are eligible for student pricing ($5 per lecture). The full schedule, complete lecture descriptions, speaker biographies, and ticketing information can be found at 

About the VASD program:

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 can be found at 

About RMCAD:

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.


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