The Clock (2010)
01.06 – 03.09 2017
Copenhagen Contemporary (CC) is delighted to bring Swiss-American artist and
composer Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) to Scandinavia for the first time.
This video installation is recognised as a contemporary masterpiece and won the
Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. In addition to exhibiting The Clock
during regular opening hours, CC looks forward to presenting six special 24-hour
screenings where audiences can experience the work in its entirety, covering the
full span of a day and night.
The Clock is a 24-hour montage comprising thousands of scenes from film and television that
feature everything from wristwatches to clocktowers, from buzzing alarms to the cuckoo clock -
along with other references to the time. With The Clock, Marclay deconstructs and challenges the
narratives of individual scenes by removing them from their original context and inserting them
into another, where time itself becomes the protagonist. Synchronised with the local time of the
exhibition space, the work conflates cinematic and actual time, revealing each passing minute as
a repository of alternately suspenseful, tragic or romantic narrative possibilities. At the same
time, our natural, established perception of time is tested and challenged by the work’s many
different narratives, which have no beginning or end.
The Clock first premiered in London in 2010 and has since been exhibited worldwide in more
than twenty venues, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); Museum of Modern Art, New
York (2012); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2013); and Guggenheim Bilbao (2014).
ABOUT CHRISTIAN MARCLAY
For more than thirty years, Christian Marclay has been exploring the connections between the
visual and the audible, creating works in a wide range of media, including sculpture, video,
photography, collage, music, and performance.
Marclay’s work has been shown in museums and galleries worldwide. International solo
exhibitions include the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart (2015); Musée d’art moderne et contemporain in
Geneva (2008); Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles (2003); San Francisco Museum of
Modern Art (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2001); Kunsthaus Zürich (1997);
Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva (1995); and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,
Washington D.C. (1990).
A pioneering DJ using records and turntables as musical instruments to create sound collages,
since 1979 Marclay has performed and recorded both solo and in collaboration with many
musicians, including John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Otomo Yoshihide, Butch Morris, Shelley
Hirsch, Okkyung Lee, Mats Gustafsson, and Lee Ranaldo.