Christian Marclay

Christian Ernest Marclay is a visual artist and composer. He holds both American and Swiss nationality. Marclay’s work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film

The Clock (2010) is an art installation by video artist Christian Marclay. It is a looped 24-hour montage that functions as a clock. Its scenes are selected from cinema and television history, with real-time references to the time of day.

Marclay developed the idea for The Clock while working on his 2005 piece Screen Play. With the support of the White Cube gallery, he assembled a team to find footage, which he edited together over the course of three years. Marclay debuted The Clock at White Cube’s London gallery in 2010. The work garnered critical praise, winning the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Its six editions were purchased by major museums, allowing it to attract a widespread following.

Christian Marclay’s “Telephones” (1995), a 7 1/2-minute compilation of brief Hollywood film clips that creates a narrative of its own. These linked-together snippets of scenes involve innumerable well-known actors such as Cary Grant, Tippi Hedren, Ray Milland, Humphrey Bogart and Meg Ryan, who dial, pick up the receiver, converse, react, say good-bye and hang up. In doing so, they express a multitude of emotions–surprise, desire, anger, disbelief, excitement, boredom–ultimately leaving the impression that they are all part of one big conversation. The piece moves easily back and forth in time, as well as between color and black-and-white, aided by Marclay’s whimsical notions of continuity.

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