Institute for New Feeling: Seek

April 30 – June 27, 2015

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, Institute for New Feeling: Seek underwent constant modifications; the features of this page provided accruing information on the Session’s developments and will continue to track the project’s progression beyond Recess’s walls.


In Session: April 30 – June 27, 2015
Artist Talk: June 4, 6-8pm
Felt Book Event: June 24, 6-8pm

About Institute for New Feeling: Seek

On April 30, Institute for New Feeling will begin work on seek, as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of their Session, IfNf will create an installation that offers individuals a clairvoyant reading generated by the misuse of online search engines. For each intimate one-on-one session, a specialist will lead a participant through a series of assessments in order to compile his or her personal video file. This precognitive visualizer will be viewable and also available for purchase in the gallery. Over the course of the month, Recess will exhibit this growing archive of anonymous futures.

Visitors to Recess are invited to meet with a consultant who will guide him or her through a series of simple evaluations, which are called “sensors.” For example, one sensor is a series of questions that are fed into a Google search string to generate prophetic and enigmatic insights. Another sensor introduces a scan of the participant’s body into a Google image search to create a guiding stone orbiting in the visualizer’s field of view…

For centuries, people have been fascinated with devices and strategies that profess to reveal insights about themselves or their future. With seek, IfNf will provide a new type of psychic/medical reading that utilizes the Internet as a source of chance operations. Manifesting a kind of collaged Google oracle, this experience utilizes a spectrum of assessment and divination techniques designed to answer the unanswerable.

To schedule an a session with IfNf please visit

Open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm; Thursday, 2-8pm

About the Artists

The Institute for New Feeling is a research clinic committed to the development of new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new. We offer a rotating menu of wellness treatments, therapies retreats and products. Founded by Scott Andrew, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle.


This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Download press release for Institute for New Feeling: seek.