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heure brute (bore out)

For the majority of the population, the measurement of time by money is, in 2020, 10,15 € for one hour. Embodied in the smallest unit of money – in its largest and heaviest form but also in the most cumbersome and the most insignificant materiality – this sum is stretched, decomposed like an hour of boredom.
The 'bore out' is one of the mismatches between the 'employee's pace and the pace he is required to keep: in contrast with the 'burn out', it is boredom and vacuity that overwhelm the worker. The 'gross', or 'brut' in French, sounds then like an echo of the brutality, the roughness of the wasted time.

The copper line is a sample of time, the edge of the euro cent coin replaces here the second to consider the smaller time lapse, and eventually appreciate the feeling of time. It is also a sample removed from the trade flow as this sum will no longer be spent. Withdrawn from circulation, the coins form a bar of copper (a conductive material) that evokes other flows: wires and water pipes.
With the variable colors and hints of the coins edges that evidences different length of time, fluid or stagnant routes, we can think of a core sampling with its geological layers that could express something of our time.

The line that we are used to read from left to right and which best fits our understanding if time, also evokes the horizon, an impassable perspective even though we know it as not a final border. It lets place to several interpretations and suggests eventually to measure our own singular, ambiguous, contextual relation to money, time, work and free time.

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