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Pourquoi Pas? | 2019 | Lewis Henderson

The above artwork includes a visual representation of ‘French Revolutionary Time’, converting UTC time from the device viewing the artwork, in ‘real-time’. The displayed ‘French Revolutionary Time’ is overlaying an edited .jpeg of Jean Duplessis-Bertaux’s painting ‘Prise du palais des Tuileries le 10 août 1792’ (Storming of the Tuileries on 10. Aug. 1792). The .jpeg has been edited to show a rainbow superimposed over the scene.

During the French Revolution, in 1792 France adopted ‘French Revolutionary Time’ (also known as ‘Decimal Time’). Each day is divided into 10 decimal hours, each decimal hour into 100 decimal minutes and each decimal minute into 100 decimal seconds (100000 decimal seconds per day). This is in contrast to the UTC time standard which divides the day into 24 hours, each hour into 60 minutes and each minute into 60 seconds (86400 SI seconds per day).

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