Know Thy Matter

Photographs by Viya Rogozina

April 20 – June 12, 2015

Naropa University presents the art exhibition Know Thy Matter by Denver artist Viya Rogozina in the Lincoln Gallery. The photographs bridge and illustrate the theory and practice of neuroscience with mindfulness, human consciousness and artistic expression. The exhibition is being displayed in the Lincoln Building on the Arapahoe Campus, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue.

Viya Rogozina began this series focusing on how our brain "matters." She writes, “There are more neural connections in a single cubic centimeter of human brain tissue then there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy. A human brain contains approximately 86 billion neurons; each one of them is as complicated as a city. Specific regions of the adult brain actually grow new neurons into the old age. And most importantly, perception of your mind is reflected in the chemistry of your body. We can alter our neurochemistry by altering our thoughts. Our matter is quite magical."

Born in Latvia, she has traveled in over 50 countries and speaks five languages. Viya's creative expression is informed by theory and practice of neuroplasticity and mindfulness, specifically  Neurosculpting®, study of human consciousness and teaching practical neuroscience and meditation. Viya studied with Sakyong Mippham at the Shambhala Buddhist Center. She has shown her work in the Denver/Metro area including Spark, Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, Core and Camera Obscura.

For more information, please contact Charmain Schuh, Gallery Manager: or 303-245-4637.

Victoria Lundy

In a special presentation, Victoria Lundy played the thereim at the opening reception on April 24, 2015.  Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental, underground, punk scene since the 1990’s. She has performed at the 2011 Denver Noise Festival, 2014 Westword Music Showcase and at the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase as a guest of ambient project Pythian Whispers. Named after the Russian inventor, Léon Theremin, the theremin is an early electronic musical instrument (1928) controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer). The instrument's controlling section consists of two metal antennas that sense the relative position of the thereminist's hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other.