Shiki Dreams offers escape from world

Immersive exhibit open until May

Shanna Fortier
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 2/26/20

Shiki Dreams is meant to be a respite from the everyday world. Shiki Dreams is a pop-up immersive art installation located at 2219 E. 21st Ave., which is in the northeast vicinity of Denver’s City …

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Shiki Dreams offers escape from world

Immersive exhibit open until May

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Shiki Dreams is meant to be a respite from the everyday world.

Shiki Dreams is a pop-up immersive art installation located at 2219 E. 21st Ave., which is in the northeast vicinity of Denver’s City Park West neighborhood.

The 1,200-square-foot art exhibit creates an imaginative step into the world of Shiki, the spiritual yeti guide and leader of the Spirits of the Forest from Natura. It explores the dreams of this wise spirit in a multi-sensory experience.

“We’re thrilled to provide an opportunity for the public to continue its journey alongside Shiki through this one-of-a-kind pop-up experience in our studio space,” said Eric Jaenike, co-founder of Prismajic, the creative group presenting the exhibit. “Visitors are invited to explore a journey of magic and discovery in an interactive exhibit incorporating augmented reality and digital technologies.”

Each room in the exhibit represents a different dream sequence, featuring a variety of art mediums created by more than 20 Colorado artists.

Shiki Dreams, which opened Feb. 25, is a continuation of Prismajic’s Natura Obscura, a 2019 art installation put on in collaboration with Englewood’s Museum of Outdoor Arts.

Natura is an entire world, said Jennifer Mosquera, chief creative officer for Prismajic.

“It’s always been our plan to continue our narratives,” Mosquera said, adding the exploration of Shiki is just one story inside Natura.

Those who visited the world of Natura will find both similarities and differences in Shiki Dreams. Some of the anchor pieces that are repeated include the trees that twist and turn, blacklight elements and strategically placed surprises. Some new elements revolve around the depth of technology used to bring the story to life. This includes augmented reality, animation and music.

“We are very much focused on creating intimate experiences,” Jaenike said, adding that admission to the exhibit is limited. And “not just crowding people in here.”

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