Christian Marclay, ‘Ephemera’, 2009, mfc - michèle didier
Christian Marclay, ‘Ephemera’, 2009, mfc - michèle didier
Christian Marclay, ‘Ephemera’, 2009, mfc - michèle didier
Christian Marclay, ‘Ephemera’, 2009, mfc - michèle didier
Christian Marclay, ‘Ephemera’, 2009, mfc - michèle didier

Ephemera is the result of the long-term accumulation of eclectic and decorative musical notations, gleaned from here and there in various advertisements, illustrations, menus, candy wrappings etc. These ephemera have been assembled, photographed and reproduced in a series of 28 folios. From this ensemble of printed motifs, Christian Marclay has created a musical score named Ephemera, which is intended to be played by professional musicians.

Produced and published in 2009 by mfc-michèle didier.

About Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay transforms sounds and music into visible, physical form through a prolific range of performances, collages, sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos. “I’ve always been interested in how sound is visualized,” he explains. Marclay began exploring sound in 1979, in performances in which he would manipulate turntables, playing them as if they were traditional instruments. More recently, he has 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). Part working timepiece (it runs in sync with the local time zone), part aural and visual montage (the work includes snatches of dialogue about time and sounds and images of every kind of clock imaginable), the film is a meditation both on time and the depiction of it.

Swiss-American, b. 1955, San Rafael, California, based in New York, New York