The not-for-profit Contemporary Locus invites artists to make site-specific interventions in the public realm of the city of Bergamo in northern Italy. For the 11th edition of Contemporary Locus, curated by Paola Tognon, the Dreams’ Time Capsule project took place in the Monastery of Carmine, created in the twelfth century, and which his home now to the Teatro Stabile of Bergamo. The inflatable installation travelled directly from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to the middle of the cloister of the monastery, gathering for nine days the attention of the citizens of Bergamo, whose positive reaction is demonstrated by the 290 dream recordings they provided. The opening of the capsule was accompanied by a talk Sonno/Sogno (Sleep/Dream) with Alessandro Oldani (neurologist at the Sleep Center of the Scientific Institute San Raffaele, Milan), Sonia Giorgi (psychotherapist, ARPA member), Paola Tognon (curator of Contemporary Locus), and the artist Eva Frapiccini who created the capsule. The talk focused on sleep and dreams and included lively audience participation. It was wide ranging and covered many topics. A particular theme in the talk was the specific nature of dreams as either passive or active actions, experienced or created by individuals.
Over the nine days, the participatory event also included a series of laboratories for children and schools.
Thanks to Contemporary Locus (Paola Tognon, Francesca Ceccherini, and Elisa Bernardoni), the great family of the Teatro Stabile of Bergamo, and the city of Bergamo, the audio archive has reached about 2086 audio recordings of dream encounters.
From 21st to 31st July 2016, the event was held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in northern England. Almost 340 visitors to the museum participated in the project by stepping into the inflatable installation, positioned in the park’s Formal Garden.
The survey-based project took place a few weeks after the Brexit vote in the UK, a pivotal moment to record people’s feelings and memories, and this will make for a more interesting the delivery process.
We really appreciate the encouragement and high level of professionalism shown by the whole of the YSP staff, and our special thanks go to the senior curator Helen Pheby, the creative producer and deputy curator Damon Waldock, and all the technicians at the museum for their collaboration.
The event was organised in collaboration with the University of Leeds.
The Dreams’ Time Capsule project was invited by the Maraya Art Centre to be installed at the Al Qasba area and the Al Majaz park in Sharjah in the UAE. The four-day-long event was curated by Alexandra MacGilp. As in the other locations, visitors stepped into the installation to share one of their own dreams. In total, from 22nd to 24th March and on 27th March, about 150 participants have participated in the project. In so doing, they contributed to expanding the audio archive (to date about 1470 dreams’ descriptions).
We want to thank all the collaborators: Alicia, Rode, Ruby, Vivien, and Ali. Our best greetings to the director Giuseppe Moscatello and the Maraya Art Centre staff who made it possible. Eva Frapiccini’s residency program in Sharjah was supported by FARE Milano in partnership with the Maraya Art Centre.
The Dreams’ Time Capsule project has been invited by the Maraya Art Centre for a two-days-long presentation at the SIKKA Art Fair in Dubai, during Art Dubai and the Art Week.
This year, the SIKKA Art Fair took place from 13th – 24th March, at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, in Bur Dubai, the heart of the city.
The DTC project has been available for visitors on March 18th and 19th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. More than 100 people have shared the space and contributed to the audio archive recording one of their dreams.
Many thanks to the fantastic team of the Maraya Art Centre, the curator Alexandra Helen Macgilp, the programme manager Dana Al Sadek, the director Giuseppe Moscatello, all the volunteers who helped during the 8 hours-long events, and the brilliant staff of the Sikka Art Fair. Thanks to everyone for helping us with the installation, the involvement of the public, and the communication of the event. A special thank to Fare Milano, which has supported Eva Frapiccini’s residency at the Maraya Art Centre, in Sharjah.
Below the events scheduled in the United Arab Emirates:
Eva Frapiccini Artist Talk – Dreams and Systems of Memory | 21st March 2016, 7 p.m. Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah. Speakers: Eva Frapiccini, Ph.D. researcher in Fine Arts, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, Janet Bellotto, Associate Dean College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, and Alexandra Helen Macgilp, curator of the Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
Dreams’ Time Capsule project | 22nd – 24th March 2016, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m, Al Qasba, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
Dreams’ Time Capsule project | 26th – 26th March 2016, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m, Al Majaz, Sharjah
Dreams’ Time Capsule will participate in Art Week which takes place from 13 – 19 March 2016, in Dubai.
The Artist Eva Frapiccini is Maraya Art Centre’s resident artist in partnership with FARE, Milan. Her project Dreams’ Time Capsule will be on view at Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, then move to Sharjah to Maraya Art Centre, at Al Qasba, and then Al Majaz Waterfront.
After the United Arab Emirates, the project will travel to the United Kingdom, to be exposed at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in July 2016.
– Sikka Art Fair, Dubai (18th – 19th March 2016); Al Qasba (22nd – 24th March 2016) and Al Majaz Waterfront (26th – 27th March 2016), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
– Yorkshire Sculpture Park (21th – 31th July 2016), Wakefield, United Kingdom
21th September 2016 | 7 p.m.
Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
In conversation: Eva Frapiccini, visual artist and Ph.D researcher in Fine Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, United Kingdom; El-Sayed El Aswad, professor of Anthropology at Department of Sociology, UAE University, Abu Dhabi; Janet Bellotto, Associate Dean College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Dubai, and Alexandra Helen Macgilp, curator at the Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah.
The book Working Geographies RESÒ International Art Exchange Residency Program, embodies all the works of the artists selected for the residency program from 2010 until 2015. Among them the Dreams’ Time Capsule project which took place at the Townhouse residency, in 2012, when Eva Frapiccini was invited in residence. (see also this Link)
Edited by Mousse Publishing, Milano, was presented during the last edition of Artissima Art Fair by William Welsh, director of the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, Lisa Parola, art curator, Gail Cochane, art curator, and Fulvio Gianaria, director of the CRT Foundation for Modern and Contemporary Art.
Resò has been an international art residency program for Piedmont, run in collaboration with leading Piedmont institutions for contemporary art and education, the platform is supported and promoted by the CRT Foundation for Modern and Contemporary.
The selection of the artists involved has been made by a committee representing the institutions involved in Piedmont (Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea,Unidee Cittadellarte, Spinola Banna Foundation for Art, CeSAC, PAV-Parco d’Arte Vivente) and in the residencies partners of the program (the Townhouse Gallery, Cairo; Khoj International Artists Association, New Delhi; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro; Lugar a Dudas, Cali) book embodies all the works of the artists selected for the residency program from 2010 until 2015.
Below the text related to the DTC project expert of the catalog published in November 2015, with a text by the curator Luisa Perlo (a.titolo).
The IAPA was established to increase visibility for public art internationally and is administered by the Institute for Public Art (based in Hong Kong) in collaboration with Forecast Public Art (USA) and Shanghai University (China). Over the past few months, the IAPA have reached out to artists, public art administrators, organisations, scholars, curators and aficionados around the world.
Eva Frapiccini was invited to participate in the group exhibition Ritratto dell’ Artista da Giovane | Portrait of the artist as a Young (Wo)man, curated by Marcella Beccaria. The exhibition explored the remarkable development of contemporary art in Italy over the last ten years, and included 25 artists from the latest generations to be promoted by the museum thanks to the generous contribution of the Castello’s Friends. In the same exhibition, there was a selection of the work in progress Dream Diary, in which Frapiccini used some of the dreams from the Dreams Time Capsule project’s audio archive.
The itinerant exhibition We-Traders. Swapping Crisis for City connects initiatives by artists, designers, activists and many other citizens from five distinct European contexts. In Lisbon, Madrid, Toulouse, Turin and Berlin. The project was supported by the Goethe Institute.
Dreams’ Time Capsule by visual artist Eva Frapiccini was invited and hosted at the Toolbox – FabLab in Turin. The collection point was curated by Angelika Fitz and Rose Epple and co-curated by the curatorial collective a.titolo.
Artists invited: Stefano Boccalini, Andrea Caretto & Raffaella Spagna, Eva Frapiccini, Michelangelo Pistoletto.