Welcome to iNous

iNous is an independent institute dedicated to exploring, documenting and sharing the insights of Artistic Mind. It was founded in 2021 by artistic researcher Dr Samantha Prigge in close collaboration with artist and Muse, Lanon Prigge. At the heart of its research is Novelties of Nous, a growing collection of illuminating prompts about Artistic Mind gleaned from intrepid imagineers around the world and throughout time.

What is Artistic Mind?

Artistic Mind is our contemporary term for nous, the direct apprehension of existential patterns lying beyond what is knowable through analysis, language and intellectual thinking alone. 

Nous has been interpreted in many ways since its first use. Artistic Mind aligns with nous as it is derived from the Greek νοῦς (British: n aʊ s), and refers to a liminal state in which humans experience immersion in an infinitely generative field. From this source, unmediated visions, synaesthetic sensations and gestalt feelings may arise spontaneously. But nous can also be purposefully collaborated with through active imagination, contemplation, psychedelic or mystical experiences, and embodiment practises. This is our understanding and offering of Artistic Mind – as a practise in which patterns of information received from non-ordinary perception, including intuition, contemplation, feeling and visioning, are honoured in equal measure to those received through our ordinary senses.

Film-maker David Lynch speaks of “an ocean of pure, vibrant consciousness”, a field that unfolds and grows as you enliven it. Ted Falconar, noetic sage and author of Creative Intelligence and Self-realization, speaks of “infinite playing fields”, a vivid wonderland of immersive experience which transcends the limitations of conceptual 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 a state of being in which individuals experience an ecstatic dissolution of the usual divisions between past 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”.

A Novelty of Nous celebrating the illuminations of Buckminster Fuller

As a purposeful practise, Artistic Mind is a dynamic and persistent dance of self-realization calling into play what we have come to perceive as ‘opposite’: visible and invisible, present and absent, self and other, intention and action. Artistic Mind has been accessed by intrepid imagineers throughout time who, in following their curiosity and passion, have found enriching ways to illuminate the Mystery at the heart of 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.

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