December 2nd – December 31st
Dreams Life and Times is an immersive album experience curated by Molina Speaks. The music is not available anywhere else on the planet, and there are no current plans to release the album online. This immersive installation is exclusive to Understudy in Downtown Denver for the month of December, 2022.
Dreams Life and Times plays on loop within a dreamscapes lounge design, complete with couches, pillows, and blankets for your leisure. You will be asked to take off your shoes and check your phone at the door. There is a tea bar, yoga area, and maker space for your muse and comfort. The cloud-like environment is further brought to life by the projection of an accompanying visual album created by Fannypack. The visual album explores fractals of human consciousness, artificial intelligence, digital meditation, and audio reactive design. The album Dreams Life and Times is mixed and arranged by DJ Icewater, with a 45 min run time.
Visitors are encouraged to dress warm and plan for at least 75 minutes in the space.
Dreams Life and Times Credits:
- Concept, storytelling and design by Molina Speaks
- Album arranged, mixed, and mastered by DJ Icewater
- Beats by DJ Icewater, Diles, Felix Fast4ward, Jesus Rodriguez and Fat Trak
- Guest vocals by Nikki Giron, Edwina Maben, Ramon Gabrieloff-Parish, Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish and Madame Esquire Ixchel
- Album art and installation graphic art by Dustin Neal (with cover art illustration by Stevon Lucero)
- Video design and conceptual support by Fannypack
- Installation support by Thadeaous Mighell and Annie Geimer
Adrian H Molina aka Molina Speaks is an Artist and Master of Ceremonies. He practices multimedia art and performance art, working in the mediums of storytelling, music, video, doodle, paint and design. Concepts are the roots of Molina’s varied projects, which explore natural and built environments, social and cultural impacts of technology, and the evolving shape of the human condition. Molina left social media in 2020. His mission is to unite the human spirit through the radical imagination.
Molina is the lead artist on a permanent installation at Meow Wolf Denver dedicated to the life and art of late Chicano painter Stevon Lucero. He is a Westword “Mastermind”and an honoree of the Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival. His Living Word Scroll, 2015-2020 was recently on display at the History Colorado Center and El Pueblo History Museum. Molina delivered the poetic invocation for the Denver Art Museum’s Martin Building in 2021, and was an Artist in Residence with the Breckenridge Creative District in 2022. A room has been named for Molina at the Denver Foundation’s Casa Grande on Poet’s Row. Molina’s newest installation Dreams Life and Times premieres at the Understudy Denver in December, 2022.
Open Daily Thursday, December 27th through Saturday, December 31st, 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Opening Celebration Friday, December 2nd, 6:00pm – 9:30pm / Toast at 9PM
Winter Solstice Artist Talk: Tuesday, December 27th 7:00pm – 9:00pm following normal gallery hours from 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Closed on Christmas Eve Saturday, December 24th and Christmas Day Sunday, December 25th
Understudy is free-to-visit and open to all. We are located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the Shantell Martin art bench.