The Clock (2010) is a unique and compelling work created by world-renowned sound and video artist Christian Marclay. The work is an ode to time and cinema, and is comprised of thousands of fragments from a vast range of films that create a 24-hour, looped, single-channel video. Marclay compiled thousands of film clips of wristwatches, clock towers, sundials, alarm clocks, and countdowns, each of which illustrate every minute in a 24-hour period.
Years in the making, The Clock examines how time, plot, and duration are depicted in cinema. Although the audience can use the piece to tell the local time, viewers can experience a vast range of cinematic settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions and rupturing any sense of linear, narrative sequence. The work is both an homage to film history and an affirmation of our present time.
The Clock has been viewed with critical acclaim at venues around the world since premiering at White Cube, London in 2010. It was jointly acquired by the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
'Christian Marclay: The Clock'
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Christian Marclay 'The Clock' 2010 Single channel video
© the artist Courtesy White Cube