EINSTEIN'S DREAM / Interactive installation
Einstein’s Dream is an environment in which visitors encounter performers in responsive fields of video, light, and spatialized sound, in a set of tableaus. Each tableau is inspired by a vignette from Alan Lightman’s novel, Einstein’s Dreams, set in Berne Switzerland, in 1904, the year that Albert Einstein received the Nobel prize. Or rather, a set of parallel 1904′s, each of which is a different kind of time. In one, time slows to a halt as you approach a particular place; in another there is no future; in third, time sticks and slips; in a fourth age reverses and what is rotten becomes fresh as time passes.
In one version of this project, a large theatrical space (24m x 20m x 8m) will contain multiple tableaux, each accommodating 6-12 people in a pool of light and sound modulating in concert with activity. Visitors and performers can move from tableau to tableau. The performers’ actions, together with the textures and rhythms of lighting, sound and visitors’ expectations, create different kinds of time poetically related to the novel’s vignettes. As a performer walks from place to place she may drag a pool of conditioning light and sound. The pool mutates or merges into another pool with a different type of time.