As part of Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013, run by Shinjuku City council, Emmanuelle has created a space using full spectrum of colors. This is the launch exhibition of the '100 colors' series, which she plans to expand in different cities around the world.
“When I first arrived in Tokyo,
I was fully fascinated by the colors overflowing on the street.
In that very moment, my mind decided to move to Japan.
Overwhelming number of store signs, flying electrical cables, and flashes of blue sky framed by various volumes of buildings, created three dimensional “layers” in the city.
The flood of various colors pervaded the street built up a complex depth and intensity in the space. These indelible experiences of colors and layers in Tokyo were the inspiration and essence of my design concept of “shikiri”, which means dividing (creating) space with colors.
Valuing the emotion inspired from Tokyo, in the 10th anniversary year of my studio,
I want to show the beauty of colors to the fullest extent.
I also wish to share the feeling of being surrounded by overflowing colors by
exhibiting 100 colors, here in the middle of Tokyo.
Please come and find your favorite color. ”
Emmanuelle has selected 100 colors from the Japanese paper manufacturer, Takeo, which holds more than thousands of various types and textures of colored papers. In the exhibition, 840 papers are hung from the ceiling creating a volume of color floating in the air. Underneath the colored papers, bean bags are placed to encourage visitors to take a seat and experience another view.
On the rear wall, 100 colors of round circles are lined up for visitors to participate. The visitors are questioned, “Which is your favorite color today?”, and asked to place a small round sticker around their favorite color. Throughout the exhibition, the rear wall will transform into another piece of artwork, showing trend of colors chosen by the visitors.