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Welcome to iNous

iNous is an independent institute dedicated to exploring, documenting and sharing the insights of Artistic Mind. iNous was founded in 2021 by artistic researcher Dr Samantha Prigge in close collaboration with multidisciplinary artist and muse Dr Lanon Carl Prigge. Our foundational research project, Novelties of Nous, is a growing collection of imaginative prompts that reflects insights about Artistic Mind gleaned from individuals around the world and throughout time.

What is Artistic Mind?

Artistic Mind is our alternative term for nous, a state of being in which many have experienced immersion in an infinitely generative imaginative field.

Nous, from the Greek νοῦς (pronounced nooce), refers to direct knowing of existential truths that lie beyond what is knowable through analysis, language and intellect alone. We conceptualise nous as a nonlocalised source of infinite creativity and timeless wisdom that may give rise to spontaneous visions, sensations and ideas, but which can also be purposefully collaborated with through active imagination, contemplation and embodied practises.

David Lynch has spoken of “an ocean of pure, vibrant consciousness”, a field that unfolds and grows as you enliven it. Ted Falconar speaks of “infinite playing fields”, a vivid wonderland that is available beyond the confines of language. Other titles have been bestowed on it at different times and places – “the Mystery”, “the Imaginal”, “the Unknown”, the “Liminal”, the “collective Unconscious” and “the Dream” – the shared acknowledgement being an awareness of an infinitely generative field in which individuals experience an ecstatic dissolution of the usual divisions between past, present and future, self and other, or form and intention. Buckminster Fuller recognizes it as “a creativity that is a priori to the integrity of the universe”.

Artistic Mind is a whollistic understanding and practical application of human intelligence. It means respecting information received from non-daily or non-ordinary perception – such as intuition, contemplation, introspection and visioning – in equal measure to that received from ordinary senses.

Artistic Mind has been accessed by multiversed and multidisciplinary explorers who, in following their curiosity and passion, have found ways to enhance our human experience. They include physicists, mystics, painters, poets, biologists, writers, etymologists, psychologists, dancers, educators, philosophers, mathematicians, musicians, anthropologists, directors, theorists and sages.

Our research interests

Intuition & inspiration

How do we respectfully engage with pre-verbal impulses and extrasensory phenomena? In what ways can we effectively translate intuitions, visions and dreams into meaningful codes for communal benefit?

Open-ended enquiry

How can questions be asked, and answers arrived at, in ways that do not involve just 'jumping to conclusions' or 'snapping to grid'? How do we remain open to possibility and unafraid of unpredictability?

Autonomy & autodidactism

How do we ground our sovereign sense-making capacity within a perpetual sea of information, influences and demands? Under what conditions does true learning occur? When can we individually and collectively say with integrity: "I know"?

Silence & sanctuary

Under what conditions does novelty flourish? Do contemplation, meditation, introspection and reverie contribute to artistic autonomy?

Improvization & play

How can we balance spontaneity with discipline, exploration with form, rapture with regulation? At what point should boundaries be traversed, shifted or dissolved - and what is the impact of doing so? When can something be said to 'start' or 'end'?

iNous is an independent Artistic Research institute based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. We celebrate Artistic Mind as a collective resource and create imaginative tools to support the flourishing of artistic minds worldwide.

View our Dedication Gallery celebrating all who continue to illuminute the transformative potential of artistic mind.

Novelties of Nous are imaginative prompts for artistic minds. Each prompt synergizes an evocative image with a pearl-of-wisdom gleaned from a diverse range of contributors.

FLOW PROMPTS ~ receive Novelties of Nous as daily inspiration and curiosity for your artistic mind.

STACKED PROMPTS ~ order a deck of 64 imaginative prompts for life-long artistic enquiry.

Peruse our library of articles and videos on artistic mind.

Reach out if you have a question or concern: samantha@inous.org

Subscribe to our YouTube channel (@NoveltiesofNous) and watch themed videos of imaginative prompts for contemplation and reverie.

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