What color has the time? On the occasion of the inauguration of the Museum of Art and Design Toyama (Japan), the architect Emmanuelle Moureaux responds to this funny question by an immersive installation made of numbers in brightly colored paper. A complex work in which one gets lost, both physically and mentally.

Composed of 120 000 digits (from 0 to 9) and the symbol ":" spread over a hundred layers, the work evokes the movement of seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, etc. The use of digital data evokes the digital display of the time, and more generally the time that passes. Its color gradient echoes the different moments of the day, from sunrise to sunset.

The upper layer is thus characterized by pale hues, similar to those of the dawn. Then the pieces of paper darken as the course in this enigmatic tunnel. A stroll that allows to symbolically cross a day in minutes.

"This flow of time is perceived through the transition journey through 100 shades of colors." Emmanuelle Moureaux, architect and designer

A work that is not without evoking the tesseract, a notion that aims to transpose a three-dimensional geometric figure (the cube) into a fourth dimension. A concept that may seem abstract but fascinates both scientists and artists. Indeed, this "tétracube" was notably explored by the filmmaker Christopher Nolan in his film I.

A physical perception of time as disturbing as fascinating.

To learn more, visit Emmanuelle Moureaux's website

Photographs: Daisuke Shima

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