Collection: FIVE: 40 HOURS PROJECT

FIVE: 40 HOURS PROJECT. Christian Marclay

CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, 'THE CLOCK'

"The Clock is a 24-hour montage of thousands of film and television clips with glimpses of clocks, watches, and snatches of people saying what time it is. This incredible installation is set up so that whatever time is shown is, in fact, the correct time as of that instant. So as well as providing food for thought about the nature of time in the cinema, and indeed in life itself, the whole thing itself functions as a gigantic and gloriously impractical clock." - THE GUARDIAN

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MY ANALYSIS

THE INSTALLATION ALLOWS THE VIEWERS TO BECOME PART OF THE WORK BY SYNCING THE TIMING IN THE FILM TO ALIGN WITH THE ACCURATE TIME WITHIN THE LOCATION IT'S PRESENTED IN.

THE VARIATION OF CLOCKS AND FOOTAGE CREATES A DIVERSE AND INTERESTING PIECE TO WATCH; WERE THE FILM COMPRISED OF SIMILAR CLOCKS IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS THERE WOULD NOT BE SUCH CAPTIVATION.

I FIND THE PIECE TO DISCUSS ACCESSIBILITY OF TIME, ALL OF THE FOOTAGE USED WAS PRE-EXISITING, FOUND FOOTAGE - EACH SECTION OF TIME SHOWN ON CAMERA IS AVAILABLE TO ALL AND THEREFORE QUESTIONS WHETHER TIME IS A SET THING OR IF THE 'RULES OF TIME' CAN BE BROKEN.

THE DETAIL IN THE TIME SHOWN IS IMPRESSIVE AND FURTHER IMPLIES THE REALITY OF MARCLAY'S 24 HOUR CLOCK.

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"A seamless collage of celluloid clips featuring characters either referring to or looking at the time, The Clock’s 24 hour running time was matched absolutely minute for minute. Time is a prevalent plot device in movie world - teens smash or groan at alarm clocks, lovers meet at stations; shoot outs always occur as the hand strike noon, bombs tick irrevocably doom-wards. Lots of people are late. You could spot people who’d watched it, because they would be staring in wonder at watches and clocks for days afterwards.

A seamless collage of celluloid clips featuring characters either referring to or looking at the time, The Clock’s 24 hour running time was matched absolutely minute for minute. Time is a prevalent plot device in movie world - teens smash or groan at alarm clocks, lovers meet at stations; shoot outs always occur as the hand strike noon, bombs tick irrevocably doom-wards. Lots of people are late. You could spot people who’d watched it, because they would be staring in wonder at watches and clocks for days afterwards." - THE TELEGRAPH

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 "The Clock incorporates scenes of everything from car chases and board rooms to emergency wards, bank heists, trysts, and high-noon shootouts." - MoMA

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"Called “an abundant, magnificent work” (Financial Times) and “utterly transfixing” (Huffington Post), The Clock is Marclay’s most ambitious moving-image project to date, garnering rave reviews from critics and the public alike since its premiere in 2010, and subsequent presentations at a host of venues worldwide." - WALKER ART

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"Over the past 30 years, Christian Marclay has explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video." - WHITECUBE ONLINE

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