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"ONE MILLION YEARS" is the one of the most famous Kawara's works. This work is a group of twenty-four works, twelve spanning past millennia and twelve spanning future millennia. These works subtitled, One Million Years: Past as "for all those who have lived and died" and One Million Years: Future as "For the last one". In 1993, Kawara transferred One Million Years from an exclusively written form to live aural and recorded states for an exhibition at Dia Centre for the Arts in New York. Since then, One million years has been the subject of numerous other live readings and recordings around the world, all following the same format: a man and a woman alternate the reading of the years, counting slowly from the past to the present and from the present into the future. The dates are read, always in English, by readers born in the country where the reading is taking place.

 

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