TOYAMA — the first sign of color has made its way into the sky. it is 06:30, on november 16, 2017. the inspiration for ‘color of time’, by tokyo-based artist emmanuelle moureaux, has begun. 799 minutes pass by. 99 colors are documented. now, it’s 19:49. astronomical twilight has occurred, and the final shade, 100, blackness, has been recorded — at toyama prefectural museum of art & design, this flow of time, perceived through the constant journey of 100 colors, is on display.

emmanuelle moureaux color time
all images by daisuke shima

 

 

part 2 of the toyama prefectural museum’s opening ceremony exhibition introduced wood, metal and new, forefront materials, but moureaux’s color of time proves the beauty of a material as commonplace as paper. ‘color of time’ superimposes a sensory element (color) with a mathematical one (time).

emmanuelle moureaux color time

 

 

approximately 120,000 numeral figures from ‘0’ to ‘9’, a single symbol ‘:’ — these figures, aligned in grids, seem dense, but they merely express the movement of minutes. seconds, hours, days, years, milliseconds, and smaller — the installation’s 100 layers flow from left to right. the top-most front-layer starts pale, at sunrise. paper pieces gradually grow darker as one follows beneath a tunnel of digits. the installation nears darkness. at 19:49, astronomical darkness is displayed by a first time color for emmanuelle’s work — black.

emmanuelle moureaux color time

 

 

within the tunnel, an indoor sky is tinted with a beautiful gradation. the colorful flow of time is subtle. here, traveling through it, time is tangible, loud, overwhelming, and peaceful.

emmanuelle moureaux color time

emmanuelle moureaux color time

emmanuelle moureaux color time

emmanuelle moureaux color time

emmanuelle moureaux color time

emmanuelle moureaux color time

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