Dreams' Time Capsule

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Dreams' Time Capsule

6 El Nabrawy Street
Downtown Cairo
July 1st, 2012 - July 3rd, 2012
Opening: July 1st, 2012 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

(+202) 2576 80 86
Sat-Wed 12-9


Townhouse Gallery has the pleasure to invite the public to participate in the last project of Eva Frapiccini’s residency; the Italian artist will install her mobile laboratory, Dream's Time Capsule, in the Factory Space on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.

Dreams’ Time Capsule is a temporary work of public art by Eva Frapiccini, curated by Elisa Tosoni. It is an inflatable structure with a seashell-like appearance, especially designed by the artist in collaboration with designer Michele Tavano. This is the first phase of materialisation of this process-based, participatory research project, aiming at tracing the evolution of states of dreaming of a largely international cross-section of society.

In fact, the work will be installed temporarily for a varying timeframe, and will be mobile: traveling with the artist in her luggage, it will make its appearance in a number of places worldwide touching six continents and lasting for a couple of years, until a substantial number of dreams are collected. Once the audio archive of dreams is completed, it will be sealed and re-opened by the artist, and analysed together with a team of researchers ten years later and then every dream will be sent back to the dreamers ten years later.

Dreams’ Time Capsule is inspired by dreams as traces of a collective imagery; it requires the participation and engagement of its visitors, who will remain anonymous, but will remain a part of a traveling international audio-archive.

After Cairo the structure will be hosted by Arkitekturmuseet and Botkyrka Konsthall/Fittja in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2012. The Dreams’ Time Capsule has been produced in Italy by Arkitekturmuseet (a partial funder).

All dreams are welcome in Egyptian, English, French... Dreams will be recorded through an audio-recorder, and every person will be alone inside the capsule, in respect of their privacy.

Artist Statement
Eva Frapiccini's practice questions both her own cultural identity, and that of the generations spanning from the 1940s to the 1980s. As she attempts to trace a collective memory, Frapiccini’s method involves the systematic research and analysis of archival materials (images, films, objects and texts), as well as the collection of testimonies.

By taking documents out of their original contexts to tell a new true story, or by creating believable fictional characters with their own apparatuses of fake documentation and specimens, Frapiccini appropriates recent history and socio-cultural developments, as well as art history, literary history and the history of science. The artist attempts to deconstruct the appearance of reliability and the ethics behind our systems of knowledge and belief by unmasking spaces such as the media, libraries and museums, attempting a new definition of what could truly be considered "auctoritas." Her often collaborative practice moves harmoniously from advertising campaigns to dance performances, from photography to sound installation, from public art intervention to sculptural installations, from film to exhibition-making.

Frapiccini is currently focusing on a research project exploring the borders of collective imaginations found in different cultures through people's descriptions of dreams. Stemming from an interest in the Jungian theory of the collective unconscious, she aims to trace the changes archetypical images by collecting audio recordings of dreams throughout her travels, which inform her ongoing project, “Dreams’Time Capsule.”  

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