ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN ANNOUNCES FALL SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program Series features lectures and performances exploring “The Senses”
DENVER, Colo. – Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is pleased to announce the fall schedule for its yearlong Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program series that will explore a variety of perspectives on the extraordinary aspects of the most common element of our humanity: the senses. These public lectures and performances will bring nationally renowned artistic and scientific talent to the Denver area.
“Our senses constantly influence our interactions and knowledge of the world and of ourselves,” said VASD Program Director, Gretchen Marie Schaefer. “We’re intrigued to learn how contemporary artists, scholars, and designers are creating and studying ways to stimulate and satiate the multifaceted senses. This should be a very engaging, immersive series.”
All events are free for current RMCAD students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The general public may purchase tickets at vasd.rmcad.edu for $10 per lecture or $25 for a fall series pass. Students from other institutions are eligible for student pricing ($5 per lecture or $12 for the fall series pass). The fall series pass is available through October 5, 2016. The full schedule, complete lecture descriptions, speaker biographies, and ticketing information can be found at www.vasd.rmcad.edu.
2016-17 FALL SPEAKER SERIES
“Seeing and Feeling as Conceptual Acts”
TOR WAGER, with a pre-lecture performance by magician Shawn Preston
Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Magician and RMCAD alumnus Shawn Preston will playfully deceive the senses in a pre-lecture stage show followed by Wager’s lecture which asks: “what is the relationship between what comes in through your senses and what you perceive and feel emotionally?” Dr. Wager, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder and Director of the University’s Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab (CANlab), will address this question through neuroscientific evidence as it connects to illusion and art.
INSTITUTE FOR NEW FEELING
Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 6 p.m.
This three-person art collective will share how collaboration fosters the exploration of new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new. Presenting a number of diverse media works, including video, virtual reality, SEO marketing, wellness products, and therapy sessions, their work borrows from the language of corporate branding, new age healing, mainstream medicine, and the health and beauty industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample their new perfume line, A Collection of Air Qualities.
“Sounds in Outer and Inner Space: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat”
Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Artist Dario Robleto will present a performative lecture expanding his extensive research into sound, specifically the heartbeat. Part storytelling, part original research, and part rare sound archive, this lecture weaves together topics as diverse as the earliest attempts to record the heartbeat, brainwave and heartbeat recordings that are currently on a probe heading for the edge of the Solar System, and the recent developments of the artificial heart.
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 vasd.rmcad.edu.
ABOUT ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE OF ART + DESIGN
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 www.RMCAD.edu or by calling 800.888.ARTS.