Christian Marclay’s groundbreaking 24-hour video work The Clock comprises several thousand short extracts from cinema history, each suggesting a particular time of day or referencing a specific moment, often through the appearance of a watch or clock-face. Marclay has stitched these extracts together to form a continuous visual sequence synchronised with the real time of your visit – if it is noon you’ll be watching a scene referencing noon. Even more impressively, the scenes suggest countless interlocking narratives despite the constant changes in genres, eras, locations and plotlines. —mca.com
Christian Marclay (b. 11 January 1955, San Rafael, California, USA) is a Swiss-American visual artist and composer.
Marclay’s work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. A pioneer of using gramophone records and turntables as musical instruments to create sound collages, Marclay is, in the words of critic Thom Jurek, perhaps the “unwitting inventor of turntablism.” His own use of turntables and records, beginning in the late 1970s, was developed independently of but roughly parallel to hip hop’s use of the instrument.
At the 2011 Venice Biennale, Marclay was recognised as the best artist in the official exhibition, winning the Golden Lion for The Clock, a 24-hour compilation of time-related scenes from movies that debuted at London’s White Cube gallery in 2010. Newsweek responded by naming Marclay one of the ten most important artists of today. Accepting the Golden Lion, Marclay invoked Andy Warhol, thanking the jury “for giving The Clock… read more
One of the best artworks/films I've ever seen. I returned over and over again. One of the many things you learn while watching it is what different times of day mean in film. I discovered that 8:10 PM is the time when an opera singer or performer is late and the emcee is stalling!
THE CLOCK Screening Saturday, September 22, 2012 / 12 pm at Los Angeles County Art Museum (LACMA) running its complete 24 hours until Sunday Sept 23 @12---If you're in the area, it's an opportunity to see an amazing film (at least part of it anyhow since it is 24 hours long). Highly Recommended for anyone who's interested in contemporary film and art.
One of The Clock’s many remarkable achievements is how it completely reduced me to a child seeing these remarkable images for the first time, giving me an irremovable wide grin and occasionally producing… read review