Dreams’ Time Capsule is a research and participatory project started in 2011 by visual artist Eva Frapiccini.

Dreams’ Time Capsule thus takes the form of a performance dilated, and it reflects the role of time and the oneiric memory in our wake life. The delivering phase, while offering the donors their record after years as gifts from their past, it encourages following reflections on their past expectations towards the future, fragmentations, generational gaps, and tensions dictated by the distance of time. In fact, each collecting point had seen the participation of different scientific contributions to the research, especially anthropologists and psychologists, in order to decipher local traditions, folktales, and narrative styles conserved on the dream-like world.

The first step of the project consists of a series of collecting events, where visitors are invited to record their dream memories by voice, inside the intimate space of an inflatable structure, specifically ideated by the artist and designed in collaboration with the Italian designer Michele Tavano. The journey of the inflatable structure has began in 2011 in Turin and it has physically engaged participants in many cities in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. For an overview of the collective events always hosted in the public realm we remind to the ‘Collecting Events‘ section.

Aiming to create a database through different continents, the project focuses the relationship between the individual and the society, the private and collective sphere and addresses increasing states of anxiety and fragmentation in the contemporary global community. From 2011, the audio archive generated by this project reached more than 2000 recordings of testimonies in many different languages. The ‘Audio Archive‘ page provides excerpts of some recordings collected during the public events. The formula of a pop-up exhibition where the “time machine”, Time Capsule, in fact, travels and allows people to donate their own dream memory, it permits to both sharing intimate and personal dream-visions that become social acts, and participate to the co-creation of the audio archive.  

The structure is designed to immerse the visitor in a unique experience of intimacy and silence, which favours the story of a dream and its audio recording by a directional microphone. Participants are asked to give information about their birth date, nationality and email contact to return the registration after ten years from the beginning of the project, in 2021-22.

Dreams’ Time Capsule, thus takes the form of a performance dilated, and it reflects the role of time and the oneiric memory in our wake life. The delivering phase, while offering the donors their record after years as gifts from their past, it encourages following reflections on their past expectations towards the future, fragmentations, generational gaps, and tensions dictated by the distance of time. In fact, each collecting point had seen the participation of different scientific contributions to the research, especially anthropologists and psychologists, in order to decipher local traditions, folktales, and narrative styles conserved on the dream-like world.

The project has been staged also during workshops organised in collaboration with eductational departments of art spaces and museums in different cities. More information in ‘Workshops‘.

The journey of the DTC project has started in Turin in November 2011, during Artissima Art Fair. Then, it was presented for the first time in the actual format at the Townhouse Gallery, in Cairo, Egypt, where Frapiccini was invited to attend the residency program, on May-June 2012. In September 2012, the project took place in Stockholm, at the Swedish Museum of Architecture, and in Fittja, during the Public Art Festival Fittja Open, under the invitation of Botkyrka Konsthall. In August 2013, the capsule travelled to Colombia, at the University Library of Jorge Taleo University, in Bogotà and a few days later to Latvia, at the kim? Contemporary Art Center, in Riga. In 2014, the collecting event was hosted at the  Public Art Festival Alwan 338, in Manama, Bahrain; In March 2014, it has been invited to be installed at the itinerary exhibition We-Traders, under the invitation of Goethe Institute of Turin and the curatorial collective a.titolo; from June until September 2014, the participatory project was installed at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Italy. During 2016, the project continues its travel to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates upon the invitation of the Maraya Art Center, and it has been staged in Dubai, during Art Dubai, and in Al Majaz, Sharjah (March 2016). During July 2016, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park has hosted the DTC project for a ten-days long event (July 2016). Lastly, the capsule has travelled to Bergamo, Italy for Contemporary Locus 11 (September 2016).

The project has been supported by the

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    1. Hi Haitham! Nice to hear you! Have you listened your recording? Please, dont hesitate to reply by email. I am looking forward to reading you! 🙂

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