What is a memory?

Precourt Program

Coming soon: Lares Feliciano’s Memory Mirror opens in July

Opening in July 2021, Lares Feliciano’s Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas, and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative’s living room, Memory Mirror will transform the museum’s Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den that is both familiar and fantastic.

As part of the installation, Lares Feliciano is hosting two special drop-in events this spring, inviting museum visitors and community members to contribute audio, images, and objects that represent their own memories. In the months leading up to the opening of Memory Mirror, the artist will compile memories and incorporate them into the installation’s collages, dioramas, and animations. To contribute, visitors can bring an object, a physical photo, a piece of ephemera, or just themselves. See below for more information on how to participate.

Visitors walking to Hamilton Building

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @gcavazos135.

Help contribute to Memory Mirror

Museum visitors can drop in the Hamilton Studio any time from 11 am to 3 pm on April 25 to help contribute to Lares Feliciano’s upcoming installation Memory Mirror. Visitors can bring an object the size of their palm or smaller, a physical photo or piece of ephemera (a ticket stub, theater program, handwritten letter, etc.), or just their memories. The artist will also invite visitors to record a short message about their object, ephemera, or memory.

How to Participate FAQ

What can I bring? Are there any limits to what I can bring?

  • Objects: objects must fit in the palm of your hand. We cannot accept hazardous materials or objects made with organic materials, i.e. food items, plants (including moss, leaves, dried wood and twigs), dirt, sand, hay, logs, or bones.
  • Photos and ephemera: physical photos and ephemera (such as ticket stubs, letters, theater programs, etc.) must be smaller than 11" x 14". Please be aware we cannot accept photos or ephemera that contain explicit content.

Will I get my contribution back?

Contributed objects will be donated permanently. Physical photos and ephemera will be photographed in hi-res and returned immediately.

How will my memory be used?

Memories will be compiled and stored digitally. Memory audio will be edited and layered with other sounds. Images and ephemera will be digitally edited and repurposed into surreal collages and animations. Objects will be incorporated into three-dimensional dioramas to be included in the immersive installation. Select contributions may also be included in the Memory Mirror online archive.

Does it cost money to participate?

There is no cost to participate in this event, as March 27 and April 25 are both FREE general admission days at the DAM! Please be aware capacity is limited due to the pandemic and advanced tickets are required. Tickets will be released seven days in advance.

Will there be COVID-19 protocols will be in place?

All museum visitors are required to wear a mask. Additionally, Memory Collection events will be held with social distancing practices in place and all activities will be facilitated without person-to-person contact. All activity elements will be sanitized before and after each participant.

Can I still participate if I am unable to make it to the museum on March 27 or April 25?

Yes, there will be a digital submission process once the installation opens in July. Stay tuned for more details later in the year.

Portrait of artist Lares Feliciano

Photo courtesy Jeremiah Corder.

About the Artist

Lares Feliciano is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker based in Denver, CO. Feliciano uses animation, installation, and collage to create worlds where marginalized experiences are front and center. Her work explores queer identities, mixed-race experiences, and complex expressions of grief and trauma. She holds a master's of fine arts in cinema production from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's in film and American studies from Smith College. She has completed residencies with RedLine Contemporary Art Center and Grand Canyon National Park and was a participant in the Colorado Creative Industries Change Leader Institute.

Feliciano is passionate about the power of the arts to create change and strengthen communities. In 2020, she joined the RedLine staff as Art Grants Manager where she supports artists and organizations across Colorado. Previously, she served as program director for Think 360 Arts for Learning and launched the Artist in Residence program at the Children’s Museum of Denver. Lares believes that everyone is an artist and is on a mission to support creativity in all.

She lives and works in Denver, where she has several projects in development including: Diasporican, a multi-layered storytelling project that uses archival imagery, experimental animation, and oral history to explore the deeply personal and diverse stories that make up the Puerto Rican experience; and Memory Mirror, an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas, and interactive storytelling.

About the Precourt Family Discovery Hall

The Precourt Family Discovery Hall features an artist-designed experience with an aim toward inspiring imagination, play, and wonder. Each artist installation takes advantage of the Hamilton Building’s unique architecture and is designed to encourage visitors of all ages to interact with the artwork and with one another.

Rendering by Lares Feliciano.

Rendering by Lares Feliciano.

Rendering by Lares Feliciano.

Yellow flower wallpaper with collage black and white faces
Memory Mirror collage
Vintage TV displaying the text "what is a memory"