Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ film

Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’ film

Postby koimaster » November 22nd 2016, 4:22pm

There is no need to keep an eye on the time at the MFA anymore: Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” can do that instead. From morning to night there are always a few visitors to be found sitting on couches in the Richard and Nancy Lubin Gallery (gallery 259) in the contemporary wing.

As the minutes pass, so do the movie clips compiled by Marclay. In total, the film is 24 hours long and features about 12,000 clips. The clips span 70 years of film history and each one features a clock or the time of day in one way or another; for example, in Night of the Living Dead actress Judith O’Dea announces “it’s ten minutes to three,” while other characters check their watches repeatedly, waiting for their lunch hour to come.

Though each clip is unique, patterns start to emerge as the day goes by. Characters are often seen asleep or dreaming between 3 and 5 a.m., while they might be getting up around 7 a.m. or seen on planes, trains, buses, or in cars between 4 and 6 p.m. By 8 or 9 p.m. characters are seen heading out for evening plans and at 12 a.m., the film culminates in scenes from “The Stranger and V for Vendetta”.

Marclay, a Swiss-American visual artist and graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art, completed “The Clock” in 2010. The project was finished after nearly five years of work and a $100,000 budget, with much of Marclay’s support coming from the White Cube and Paula Cooper Cooper galleries of London and New York respectively. ... lock-film/


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