The Project

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

The first step of the project consists of a series of 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.

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, collected in different cities in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. 

The formula of a pop-up exhibition where the “time machine”, Time Capsule, in fact, travels to be installed in the public realm, and allowed people not only to donate their own dream memory but also to involve them to the co-creation of the archive, sharing the same structure that travelled across the continents in a suitcase.  

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 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 moved to Stockholm, at the Swedish Museum of Architecture, and to Fittja, during the Public Art Festival Fittja Open, under the invitation of Botkyrka Konsthall; In August 2013, the project 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 DTC project took place 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 the United Arab Emirates to be installed at the Maraya Art Center in Sharjah (March 2016), to the United Kingdom at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (July 2016) and to Italy to be hosted by Contemporary Locus in Bergamo (September 2016).

The project was supported by the

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