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Date(s) - 12/12/2015 - 13/12/2015
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Milano, Teatro Litta


Daniele Ghisi, An Experiment With Time
Installazione video ed elettronica

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.

december 12 2015 – 5 pm: opening
shows: 6 pm – 6.45 pm – 7.30 pm – 8.15 pm – 9.00 pm – 9.45 pm
december 13 2015
shows:  11.00 – 11.45 – 12.30 – 1.15  pm– 2.00 pm – 2.45 pm– 3.30 pm – 4.15 pm– 5.00 pm

Free entrance
Download the lirics: AEWT_script_EN

Live version  – 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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