Black Cube Exhibition at University of Denver Considers Our Relationship to Water Consumption, Climate Change
Produced by Black Cube
Exhibition runs September 14 – October 1, 2017
Vicki Myhren Gallery, University of Denver
2121 E. Asbury Ave, Denver, Colorado 80210
15 sec trailer: https://vimeo.com/234593613/1c11b88301
Photo: Agnes Bolt; Courtesy of the Institute for New Feeling and Black Cube
September 25, 2017 – Denver, CO – Avalanche is an enhanced water drink designed by the artist collective, the Institute for New Feeling. The newest addition to their wellness product line, this bottled water teases out complexities of our relationship to water consumption and anxieties toward a changing climate. A live outdoor filtration demonstration was held on September 9 at Denver’s Wastewater Management campus. Through October 1, visitors to the Vicki Myhren Gallery at University of Denver can watch video documentation of the filtration process and sample the water for themselves by purchasing it at the custom Avalanche vending machine. Avalanche is produced by Black Cube, a nonprofit nomadic contemporary art museum, in partnership with the University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery.
Avalanche water is enhanced by a human pipeline, drawing a strange, dark visualization of water flow through a city and through the body. The performance presents municipal water usage as a literal concert of bodies, a system that is as captivating as it is improbable, arduous, and flawed. This work takes aim at the enhanced water industry, which is one of the fastest growing beverage industries today, by reflecting on the mythologies around the water source and enhancement process.
A 3-minute trailer can be found here: https://vimeo.com/234429319/d59b700e8a
About the Artists
Founded by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle, Institute for New Feeling (IfNf) is an art collective committed to the development of “new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new.” The Institute’s identity is always shifting. Borrowing aesthetics and language from wellness and tech industries, market research, speculative design, political propaganda, they assume a familiar yet fragile voice of authority. IfNf has recently shown work at Ballroom Marfa, TX; MoMA, NY; Istanbul Modern, Turkey; MAAT, Lisbon; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Fundacion PROA, Buenos Aires; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart; Jardin Essential, Bruxelles; Recess, NY; and Southern Exposure, San Francisco.
IfNf has been featured in Frieze, Art in America, Vogue Italy, Huffington Post, SFMoMA, Creators Project, and Hyperallergic among others.
About Black Cube
Black Cube is a nonprofit, experimental art museum that operates nomadically. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube exists primarily through partnering with our Artist Fellows to commission pop up art experiences. At Black Cube, we see ourselves as an unconventional museum pursuing the most effective ways to engage audiences while supporting individual artists with critical professional guidance.