Christian Marclay

born 1955

Christian Marclay, ‘The Clock’ 2010
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Christian Marclay (born January 11, 1955) is a visual artist and composer. He holds both American and Swiss nationality.

Marclay's work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. A pioneer of using gramophone records and turntables as musical instruments to create sound collages, Marclay is, in the words of critic Thom Jurek, perhaps the "unwitting inventor of turntablism." His own use of turntables and records, beginning in the late 1970s, was developed independently of but roughly parallel to hip hop's use of the instrument.

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Film and audio

  • Podcast

    Where Does Time go?

    Discover the making of The Clock and hear from a range of people sharing their experiences of time

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    Sounds of Christmas 2 | Tate

    Live Performance by Christian Marclay, Sounds of Christmas at Tate Modern
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    Talking Art - Christian Marclay

    The fourth interview in the Tate/Art Monthly Talking Art series is between acclaimed artist Christian Marclay, renowned for his collages …


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    Electronic media

    The most common examples of electronic media are video recordings, audio recordings, slide presentations, CD-ROM and online content

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    Time-based media

    Refers to art that is dependent on technology and has a durational dimension

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    In its most basic form sampling simply re-processes existing culture, usually technologically, in much the same way a collage does

  • Tate Etc

    The luminous view: Recent Artists's Film and Video in Britain 2008-13

    George Clark

    Tate Britain is staging an ambitious survey of artists' film and video which reflects the extraordinary blossoming and diversity of …

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    The art of noise

    David Toop

    Almost 100 years ago, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, the Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo proposed the …

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