Data / Ora
Date(s) - 05/03/2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Centre Pompidou


“An Experiment With Time” (AEWT) is a project involving the creation of a piece for video and electronics, and culminating in a “live” version of it, for amplified ensemble, video and electronics.

The project is inspired by the book “An Experiment with Time”, by John William Dunne: linearity of time is a collateral event of consciousness, whereas, inside dreams, past and future coexist.

The video setup is made of three juxtaposed screens. The central screen represents the writing of the main character’s diary, and will be a journey across its reflexions and thoughts, spanning one full year, and looping seamlessly at the end. The other screens (only active in some specific sections of the video) suggest the presence of two “aliases” experiencing different temporalities (the left one looping through a single day, and the right one living a complete life).

The installation is a 46min – loop consisting of video and electronic music.

Daniele Ghisi comments on his project:

“An Experiment with Time” is probably the biggest artistic challenge I have faced up to now, both for its duration and for the effort it involved – as I am writing this note, I am still finishing working on the score for its live version.

It is, at present, the project about which I am most passionate: this is why I am extremely grateful to the Ulysses network and to the partners that have made this possible (first of all Ircam and Divertimento Ensemble). I am also extremely glad I had the chance to share this passion with many participants (first of all Luigi Acerbi and Paolo Puggioni) and with other festivals which have so kindly shown their interested in it.

Somehow, “An Experiment with Time” represents my widest attempt to think project-wise instead of piece-wise – and I find this line of thinking quite important, especially for contemporary music.”

Première – Rondò 2016
january 26, 8.30 pm, Teatro Litta
Corso Magenta 24 Milano


Concept, music, video and animation
Daniele Ghisi

Freely inspired by the book
“An Experiment With Time”
by John William Dunne

An Ircam/Divertimento Ensemble production

Storyline and script
Daniele Ghisi
Luigi Acerbi
Paolo Puggioni

Script assistant
Maryam Babaei

Video assistant
Luca Morino

Graphic advisor
Davide Bordogna

The experiment cards are drawn by Luca Nava

Photo credits
Miroslav Barták
From Old Books (,
Karl Jahnke (

Copies of the Illustrated London News shown by kind permission of Illustrated London News/Mary Evans Picture Library

Audio credits (from Trebblofang, empraetorius, HollowRiku, lucaslara, nebulousflynn, exterminat, Omar Alvarado, RutgerMuller, Runey, SunnySideSound, thavis360, stijn

Additional thanks to
Carlos Agon
Mattia Bergomi
Giovanni Bertelli
Aaron Einbond
Carla e Giorgio Felotti
Maria Giulia Ganassini
Jean-Louis Giavitto
Boris Labbé
Virgilio Maffeis and family
Yann Philippe
Andrea Rota
Christopher Trapani
Paul Slocum
Vincenzo Picariello

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