Marclay physically manipulates a wide variety of stylistically "meaningful" music, test tones, and sound effects recordings as well as surface scratches, clicks, skips and pops in his richly layered, transforming mixes. He has said that "in my work, the process is very important, to be able to see it and hear it", and this opportunity is provided in close detail as multiple cameras scan every movement of his engrossing, surreal performance. In a thought-provoking interview, he explains his "record without a cover" meant to age and over time (similar to Marcel Duchamp's "Large Glass"), how he marks and cuts the records ("scores") for his performances, describes the Guitar Drag, his visual works, and reminds listeners of the ephemerality of music.
Initially a student at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Christian Marclay became more fascinated by the energy of punk rock music and the aesthetics of performance art as practiced by artists like Vito Acconci and Joseph Beuys. In 1980, he organized a festival called Eventworks to explore the influence of rock music on the art world, and began to make improvised performances with thrift store records to which he would attach objects to loop the tracks. In 1979, he discovered old audio-visual department-style turntables manufactured by Califone, and these became his "instruments".
Aired on rTV: 2000
Performance: Nov. 7, 1996
Produced by Jim Staley
Directed by Matt Mehlan
In order to respect the concept of Christian Marclay's work, spectators are kindly requested to play this video a 0.04 pm, local time. If time is passed, please wait for tomorrow or another day same time. Thank you.
Afin de respecter le concept de l'œuvre de Christian Marclay, les spectateurs sont invités à ne faire démarrer cette vidéo qu'à 12h04, heure locale. Si ce n'est plus l'heure, merci d'en différer la vision à demain ou à un autre jour même heure.
Du 3 septembre à 11heures au 5 à 11 heures, le centre Pompidou a projeté sur 48 heures non stop le montage de Christian Marclay réalisé à partir de milliers de plans et séquences empruntés au cinéma des 70 dernières années, film d'amour ou de guerre, comédie ou polar, sur le fil conducteur du temps qui passe, montres et cadrans à l'appui. Arriviez-vous à 13h20, l'action se passait à 13h20. HLGfilms vous en offre 3 minutes chrono.