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ON KAWARA: One Million Years (Past and Future), 2000



 
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David Zwirner Gallery, 2000.

Boxed set of 10 compact discs ( 5 Past, 5 Future.) 74 minutes each disc. Edition # 32 of 250.
One Million Years (Future 2), 2614 AD - 3263 AD One Million Years (Future 3), 3264 AD - 3849 AD One Million Years (Future 4), 3850 AD - 4369 AD One Million Years (Future 5), 4370 AD - 4923 AD One Million Years (Future 6), 4924 AD - 5565 AD One Million Years (Past 2), 997 399 BC – 996 950 BC One Million Years (Past 3), 996 949 BC – 996 436 BC One Million Years (Past 4), 996 435 BC – 995 922 BC One Million Years (Past 5), 995 921 BC – 995 490 BC One Million Years (Past 6), 995 489 BC – 994 993 BC.

Recordings of the years followed the books: "One Million Years includes One Million Years: Past (subtitled “For all those who have lived and died”) and One Million Years: Future
(subtitled “For the last one”). The former represents one million years stretching backward from the year Kawara made the set. The latter stretches forward one million years. These pages fill ten leather binders; each binder holds two hundred pages, and each page contains five hundred years. To make the calendars, Kawara developed a cut-and-paste technique, gluing columns of single digits to typed and photocopied grids of numbers so that, for instance, 500 to 1 BC easily became 1500 to 1001 BC. He then photocopied the whole page to conceal the glued areas and placed the pages in transparent plastic sleeves."