Christian Marclay: The Clock

Christian Marclay feeds our obsession with time and its ungraspable nature in one of the most famous pieces of conceptual art, The Clock. By collaging clips of films, old and new, colour and black and white, he manages to capture 24 hours in a single work; piecing together visuals of clocks, sundials and people talking about time all corresponding to real time. The Clock documents a banal moment in life, turning it into a mesmerizing depiction of our every day that we become infatuated with. First shown at The White Cube Gallery in 2010, Marclay’s Film is now on show at the Tate Modern and the work continues to have a cult following.

One of Marclay’s first montage films is Telephones, detailing a one-sided conversation between strangers in different clips of films, much like in The Clock. It’s as though Marclay was anticipating the revolution of the internet by producing work almost a decade before the culture of YouTube videos.

Marclay is also premiering his new piece Investigations in November, as a composer-in-residence of the Huddersfield contemporary music festival, which is a musical work of 20 pianists. The musicians will improvise from images of hands on keyboards in a variety of positions doubling up as sheet music. This performative work using a graphic score will allow the pianists to become a part of the evolution of the work, creating a multitude of musical outcomes, transforming sounds into a visible form.

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