Public announcement by Michael Madsen, fall of 2016 AD:
“Dear all. Dear all of you in the Present
It may come as a surprise, but I am able to do actual time travel – both into the past and into the future.
This, in many ways curious ability, I will be sharing with Dr. Marc Wittmann, Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology and Mental Health, University of Freiburg, Germany. The experimental conversation, part of the Celebrating Time, 3rd International Time Festival, 2016, will take place in Copenhagen Wednesday the 17th at 19, Nørrebrohallen, Copenhagen Denmark.”
Background for Madsen’s Actual Time-Travel – a Live Experiment_
A man can’t be angry at his own time without suffering some damage.”
― Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities
The idea of being able to travel in time may be as old as time itself. Of course one in a way travels back in time in personal memories or historical records, but actual, physical time-travel, also into the future, is in our time considered impossible, as well as the implications for a individual life or world history opens causality contradictions beyond comprehension.
Still, Humankind’s fascination with time-travel remains clear as can be seen in popular culture. Very advanced science – or still awaiting scientific serendipity – may also hold certain theoretical possibilities, just as I am aware of one study suggesting searching the internet as the most likely place to find evidence of activities of real time-travellers from another Age visiting our Era.
Actual Time-Travel – A Live Experiment rests on the benefit of doubt:
The lack of evidence or recognized concrete experience with traveling in time does not mean that such may not exist, just as belief such as re-incarnation or clairvoyance operates with a kind of communication across time.
The performance Actual Time-Travel will operate from the premise that that time-travel is a real possibility although the means by which to perform such, may until this very performance be largely unknown to Humanity. However, the performance will seek to fuse the present state of knowledge into performing a unprecedented leap both backwards and forward into time, preferably beyond the individual life-time of the one or more volunteer Time-Pilots – or simply Michael Madsen himself.
The experiment acknowledges the inherent verification challenges, as a time-leap into the future cannot be proven correct as today is constantly only catching up with the future, which, one could fear, may even repeat the errors of yesterday and so look deceptively like today. A travel back in time, on the other hand, will always risk the claim of falsification, as the past, although often clouded in forgetfulness, may still be claimed to be known.
The verification may therefore to a large extend rest on the individual, personal psychological experience of the audience … yet as such in itself open up for a broad discussion of how time is experienced and in particular treated in our day and age where the individuals time for example is treated as a commodity which can be bought and sold.
Michael Madsen, early in a new year.
Experimental conversation, part of Celebrating Time, 3rd International Time Festival, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.