The Visiting Artist, Scholar + Designer Program at RMCAD
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2016/2017 Series: The Senses
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, effecting our interpretation and perception of reality, self, and environment. Advances in science, 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.
About Evasion Yoga Read this Westword interview with Finishing School to learn more. Evasion Yoga continues a multi-year series of projects by Los Angeles-based Finishing School. This interactive performance explores technology, surveillance, privacy, and power, playfully interwoven into a 30 minute yoga session. Participants were introduced to restful states for the body, mind, and soul - expressed in intimate gestures derived from military evasion tactics and blended with everyday acts of privacy and safety.
About Finishing School Established in 2001, Finishing School is a socially-engaged artist collective that playfully explores an expansive range of subject and media territories at the many intersections of art and the everyday. The collective’s five members represent a broad range of skills and research interests. Finishing School produces interdisciplinary actions, installations, workshops, design, publications, film, studio art, performance, and new media.
Finishing School has presented work throughout the United States and internationally, including Switzerland, Israel, England, and Brazil. US institutions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, New York University, Creative Time, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Their work has also been noted in many publications, such as the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Artforum, Art Papers, Art News, and Art in America.
BLISS at BMoCA The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art presents a newly commissioned social engagement project by Finishing School titled BLISS. This exhibition is on view at the museum from June 23 – September 11, 2016. Learn more at bmoca.org
Additional Events with the Artists for the RMCAD Community RMCAD students participated in an Evasion Yoga Workshop with members of Finishing School. Go here for details.
Reading List Additional research materials suggested by Finishing School can be found here.
This event is presented in conjunction with RMCAD’s FARMCAD and The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and is supported in part by 40 West Arts.