Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at Tate Modern

Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at Tate Modern

Eight years after it had its premiere in London, at White Cube gallery, followed by the Hayward Gallery the following year, Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” returns to London, where this time around it is on view at the Tate Modern until January 20, 2019. 

“The 24-hour-long film is by far the most well-known and popular work of the California-born artist, who has for years experimented with the relationship between sound and image, and for which he was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2011. As a turntablist in the 1970s, Marclay was already mixing sounds and records, before turning to album covers, works on paper and video, and ‘The Clock’ remains one of his greatest achievements for the minute precision of its compilation,” the gallery says.

This is the first time that the work is actually being displayed as part of Tate’s permanent collection — even though it was jointly acquired by Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem back in 2012, and has toured internationally since its first outing to everywhere from New York and Zurich to São Paulo and Sydney.

“The Clock” is essentially a moving collage of thousands of film and television clips that depict clocks or reference time and may be deceptively simple in its premise, but it is the result of several years of rigorous research and production. 

“Marclay used almost 10,000 clips,” said Clara Kim and Fiontàn Moran, senior curator and assistant curator respectively at the Tate, in an email interview. This “means that visitors will inevitably recognize a number of films and TV programs such as ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Titanic’ and ‘Twin Peaks,’ but it also includes not easily recognizable clips from B-movies.” 

Ben Lerner said it brilliantly in his novel “10:04,” that the work is a ‘supragenre’ that makes “visible our collective, unconscious sense of the rhythms of the day.”

Tate Modern has also included three nights in its program when the gallery will stay open overnight, allowing anyone with the requisite stamina and curiosity to witness the entire 24-hour film without interruption.

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