Friday Night Flicks: Emmanuelle Moureaux

I don’t usually include still images in the Friday posts, but I wanted to show you what caught my eye on Dezeen this week: images of a paper installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux entitled The Colour of Time.

The exhibition is over at the end of this month, so most of us won’t get to see it. There are, however, videos available of some previous works by Moureax.

Unfortunately, the privacy setting on the videos does not permit me to embed them in this post, but I can give you links.

The first video is Forest of Numbers.

The installation “Forest of Numbers” visualized the decade of the future from 2017 to 2026, created a sense of stillness across the large exhibition space. More than 60,000 pieces of suspended numeral figures from 0 to 9 were regularly aligned in three dimensional grids. A section was removed, created a path that cut through the installation, invited visitors to wonder inside the colorful forest filled with numbers. The installation was composed of 10 layers which is the representation of 10 years time. Each layer employed 4 digits to express the relevant year such as 2, 0, 1, and 7 for 2017, which were randomly positioned on the grids.

The second video shows works presented by Moureaux at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014, and is entitled shikiri / see beyond colors. It confirms what I had already suspected about the logistics required for Moureaux’s work.

If you happen to be in Japan, you might visit The Colour of Time at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design this weekend. The rest of us will have to be satisfied with looking at videos of Moureaux’s work. You can find a selection here.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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3 Responses to Friday Night Flicks: Emmanuelle Moureaux

  1. lcmt says:

    I feel I need to be there and walk inside Moureax’s works. I thought the videos would be helpful, but they still did not give me a sense of being there.


    • Byopia Press says:

      I think being inside the space would be quite different from pictures or even videos. For one thing, all those hanging elements would have a sound-damping effect. I also suspect that they move slightly in response to the passing of viewers so your presence would be reflected in the state of the work.

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