Sam Grabowska
May 5 - 28, 2023

“Intake” is an interactive installation centered on the domains of psychological care, self-made space, and psycho-geography. Half tongue-in-cheek, half earnest attempt, the project invites you to create your own “care environment.” Using AI-generated video, looped audio, and 3D modeling, a custom mixed-reality environment will be generated to respond to your specific preferences.

You will start by filling out an intake form that offers a narrative waltz into discomfort, moodiness, reflection, and bodily sensations. After completing the form, you will be matched with a simulated environment. Can this environment care for you better than a person, a clinician, or the everyday world? 

Walk behind the screen and donate your shadow self to the archive. Cast your shadow onto your projected reality. You will remain anonymous but your experience will leave an indelible trace (you are, after all, being monitored and recorded in this intimate moment).


Artist Bio:

Dr. Sam Grabowska is a child of immigrants, a recovering academic, and a conjurer of spaces. In their current art practice, Grabowska combines corporeal traces such as human hair and animal sinew, with industrial building materials like concrete and PVC conduit to create 4d installations where bodies can seek refuge from emotional trauma. The work emerges from the intersection of the human body and architectural language. It often incorporates sculpture, sound, movement, and projection.

Grabowska holds a PhD in architecture with a cognate in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan, an MH in interdisciplinary humanities from the University of Colorado Denver, and both a BFA in film and a BA in architecture from the University of Colorado Boulder. They have exhibited their work at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum, Redline Contemporary Art Center, RINO Art Park, and Union Hall; among other venues. Grabowska currently lives and works in Denver, CO.


Public hours:

Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00pm – 6:00pm, May 5th– May 28th, 2023

Opening Celebration May 5th, 6:00pm  – 9:00pm

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.

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