On Kawara One Million Years volunteers reading passage at David Zwirner Gallery via Interview Magazine
On display now at David Zwirner is a new presentation of Japanese conceptual artist On Kawara’s work in progress, One Million Years (Past and Future). The work serves to document the passage of time and lists all of the annual individual dates from 998,031 BC to 1,001,995 AD in a 20-volume collection of hard-bound books. The work is divided into two parts. The first half, which Kawara begin in 1979, One Million Years (Past) contains the years 998,031 BC to 1969 AD. The half is subtitled “For all those who have lived and died.” The later half of the project entitled One Million Years (Future) contains the years 1969 AD to 1,001,995 AD and was completed in 1998. The work is subtitled “For the last one.” The piece is presented both in text and as audio. In addition to the text presentation of the work Kawara embarked on an audio recording of the work in 1993. The audio recording continues within the David Zwirner Gallery inside a recording booth that houses readers of the work and a sound technician. Volunteers recite the consecutive dates during hour-long sessions. Males read the odd numbers and females read the even numbers. The intent is to record, edit, and package CDs of the work on site. Previous recordings sold for $1,000 per CD box set.
On Kawara One Million Years Press Release [David Zwirner]
On Kawara One Million Years [Chelsea Art Galleries]
On Kawara: David Zwirner Gallery, New York [International Contemporary Art Magazine via BNET]
Reeling In the Years [NewYorkMag]
My Brief Career in Conceptual Art [W Magazine]
On to a Million [Interview Magazine]
5 FEB. 2006, 2006 by On Kawara via David Zwirner. Work is from the Today Series, No. 4, 1966 subtitled “Regardi la teron kun kosma konscio.” (To view the earth with cosmic consciousness)
Installation view at David Zwirner Gallery via New York Magazine
On Kawara’s One Million Years notebooks, part of installation on view at David Zwirner via WMagazine
On Kawara’s One Hundred Years Calendar (24,845 Days), 2003 via David Zwirner.
One Million Years (Past and Future) via David Zwirner. Installation view as displayed at David Zwirner Gallery, January 2001.
Reading of One Million Years in Trafalgar Square, London in 2004 via MIghtyMac. The continuous outdoor reading lasted for seven days and seven nights.