There never seems to be enough time in the day.
Yet for visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, twenty-four hours is just the right amount.
In 2010, Marclay released a twenty-four hour film phenomenon, “The Clock”, composed of time-related movie moments that accurately account for every minute of the day.
Is this the work of a man with too much time on his hands, or of an inexplicable genius?
With “The Clock” exhibited at the 2011 Venice Biennale, a space shared with the likes of Wassily Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock, the latter seems most appropriate.
Using small segments from thousands of films like “Gone With The Wind,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “The Godfather,” Marclay spent three years piecing together a working clock that actually syncs with real time in the outside world.
Through spoken words and shots of various time-dictating devices, the music, dialogue, and action of one film scene blends into those of another.
When first screened in New York City in 2011, “The Clock” welcomed art lovers and film buffs to the Paula Cooper Gallery for free — after a two-hour-long wait!
And now you get a second chance to see this truly epic 24-hour film.
Starting Friday, July 13, “The Clock” is back in New York for twenty days, showing at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium.
“The Clock” will run Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to Sunday 10 p.m. Admission is free, first-come, first-served.
Check out a sneak peak of “The Clock” below for a preview of Marclay’s creative brilliance. How many films and actors can you identify in just three minutes?
- Ava Cotlowitz