The first video installation at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao's Film & Video room scheduled for 2014 is 'The Clock' (2010) by artist Christian Marclay, who since the late seventies has been known for his exploration of the relationships between visual art, sound, film and performance.
'The Clock' (2010) is composed of thousands of film clips referencing the time of day, intricately edited into a 24-hour-long montage that matches real time minute for minute - a tour de force of appropriation that is also a functioning timepiece. Marclay has been known since the late 1970s for his highly crafted remixes of time-based media, from vinyl records and tape loops to digital video. Marclay spent three years assembling this staggering work, piecing together fragments from films both famous and obscure. The result, awarded the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, is a dazzling, genre-defying distillation of movie history, a radical reflection on cinematic duration and a reminder that time waits for no one. Clock-watching has never been so mesmerising.
In order to facilitate the full viewing of the work, the space will remain open on several days for the full 24 hours:
Friday, March 28 (10 am), to Saturday, March 29 (8 pm)
Saturday, April 26 (10 am), to Sunday, April 27 (8 pm)
Saturday, May 17 (10 am), to Sunday, May 18 (8 pm)
'Christian Marclay: the Clock (2010)'
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Christian Marclay 'The Clock' 2010 Single channel video with stereo sound 24 hour loop
Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York