Ant Hampton/Time Based Editions (GB/DE)

individual experience | duration 80 min
available in Italian, English, French and Dutch

in partnership and c/o Casa degli Artisti Milano 
Via Tommaso da Cazzaniga, Corso Garibaldi, 89/A


Time Based Editions’ ingenious new format offers ‘audio-visual’ as two separate elements, held together here in a shared, collective present through a physical synchronisation of our hands. Together we dive into a here-and-now of the page: printed photography brought alive by a soundscape that both guides and surrounds us.

“the beauty of the collective experience is that it does feel more like a live event, which increases the attention and urgency. In the theatre auditorium, Borderline Visible truly feels like a journey through space and time.” – Marijn Lems, for Theaterkrant

What’s the difference between experiencing it collectively and doing it alone?

Partly, it’s the same difference between seeing a movie at home and in a cinema with others. Especially when, as here, the material and story gets to a place where bearing witness collectively feels necessary.
But with Time Based Editions we are not simply watching a film.
We become aware of movement around us – a choreographed ‘echo’ of our own page-turning; fingers tracing lines together, a book being turned upside down in sync with others.
With this awareness our attention is brought away from image and representation and more to the book as a material object and our embodied relationship with it.
Sometimes the prompts to ‘close your eyes’ are not present in the collective version. Instead, the light may fade or disappear entirely leaving us momentarily holding our books in darkness as the sound continues.

By Ant Hampton Feedback David Bergé Book design Roland Brauchli Based on a project with Rita Pauls Music Perila, Oren Ambarchi Thanks to Pieter Ampe, Giorgos Antoniou, Sae Bosco and Samos Volunteers, Yannick Christian, Hani Dunia, Effi & Amir, Tim Etchells, Katy Fallon, Martin Hampton, Britt Hatzius, Leo Kay, LAPS, Camille Louis, Eva Neklyaeva, Beyhan Onur, Anelka Tavares, Prodromos Tsinikoris, Giulia de Vecchi, Anny Y

Credits for the various versions can be found at

Time Based Editions is an imprint of PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPANDED PUBLISHING ATHENS Created with the support of: The Resonance Foundation (Los Angeles) Bimeras (Istanbul / Berlin) Théâtre Vidy (Lausanne) Research and prototype support: Lita House of Production and Kundura Stage (Istanbul) National Theatre of Northern Greece (Thessaloniki)
More info – / instagram: @time_based_editions

Photo by Doc Lab

Ant Hampton (1975, DE/UK) is a British-German performance maker and writer. His work since 1999 has often involved guiding people through unrehearsed situations and interactive relations, using automated devices. His three collaborations with Tim Etchells are participative experiences for two at a time, combining audio with different engagements with the page: text and silent reading (The Quiet Volume, 2010); archive photography (Lest We See, 2015); and mark-making/ erasure (Not to Scale, 2020). In more recent years his practice has expanded into a wider investigation of risk-taking and leaps of faith, for example with The Thing – An Automatic Workshop in Everyday Disruption, created with Christophe Meierhans. These and many other of his “Autoteatro” works continue to tour internationally in over 80 language versions, some of them without anyone needing to travel – a paradoxical outcome for an art committed to liveness and presence which in turn informed his 2021 advocacy and research project: – an Atlas. Together with David Bergé, he co-founded Time Based Editions in 2023.

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