“Chicano Picasso” mural in progress on the west side of Denver by Jay Michael Jaramillo and his father, legendary Chicano Muralist Jerry Jaramillo. Commissioned by yours truly. A gift to the future generations of the southwest.
The Bronze Future literary chapbook is now in print in limited edition. You can access the digital chapbook here: http://www.molinaspeaks.com/bronzefuture/
Bronze Future: Letters for 2045 was published on YouTube in 2012 . It is believed to be the world’s first Video Chapbook. Each of the eight entries was filmed by Nathan Schmit in a different barrio in Denver, Colorado. Just four years later, many of these neighborhoods are unrecognizable through the process of gentrification. At the time of writing, developing and filming, I saw this project as a Time Capsule to the Future. As more time passes, I continue to see new layers of this historical and futurist work; this Poetry, these definitions and redefinitions, these Rituals of Storytelling.
We are made up of Stories, Cultura. We must document ourselves, for our Future Selves. We owe it to them. We owe it to Us. In recognition of the importance of our documentation, this experimental work will now be published in literary form. Read these Stories aloud. Observe your Rhythms, your Breath, your Soul’s response.
Through the Artist Lens, I say, if the Digital Age is to be all encompassing, let it be Artful. And let us not forget, the power of the tangible, the physical, our Bodies, Earth—the abundant gift of Presence—Essence, in these defining Times of Future.
Indigenous People’s Day, October 10, 2016