As a Swiss American visual artist and composer whose multidisciplinary work encompassed performance, sculpture, and video, Christain Marclay is a profound artist. His art tends to be thought of as “imaginatively exploring the physical and cultural intersections between sound and image, often through the deconstruction and recontextualization of recorded media and its associated materials.” He explained, “I’ve always been interested in how sound is visualized,” That being said, in 1979 he began exploring sound by manipulating turn tables (old vinyl records), and also explored his interest in a related abstract concept, time, by compiling clips from an enormous range of films into a 24-hour single-channel video titled The Clock (2010). Below you can watch some of the clips from his famous film:
Something cool about The Clock is that Marclay arranged the clips in order of the minute each one marked, and in exhibition the work was synchronized with the actual local time. For its virtuosic composition and its mesmerizing effect on viewers, The Clock was widely celebrated, and its presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2011 earned Marclay the Golden Lion for best artist.
Above are some of his exhibitions. I really enjoyed looking into Christian’s art because he combines music, film and also photography to create an interesting medium. Most art I feel as if I can not connect with, but after watching some of his film and also learning how he used turntables to create art, i thought it was amazing and extremely innovative. As a musician myself, sometimes it is hard to branch out of the classical box that so many musicians force on you, however Christian jumped out of that box and did his own and expiremented and just enjoyed music- which is something I think some artists don’t do enough. Although Christian gained attention and fame from mostly his films, I enjoy him as an artist for his vision for music. Below is a song I really enjoyed that he “created” or produced.