24-hours long, the installation is a montage of thousands of film and television images of clocks, edited together so they show the actual time. It is a thrilling journey through cinematic history as well as a functioning timepiece.
Following several years of rigorous and painstaking research and production, Marclay collected together excerpts from well-known and lesser-known films including thrillers, westerns and science fiction. He then edited these so that they flow in real time. When watching The Clock you experience a vast range of narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes.
Due to limited capacity please be aware that there may be significant waiting times. As this is a free display, admission during normal gallery hours is on a first-come, first-served basis for all visitors, including Tate Members. For those in need of special assistance please call in advance on +44 (0)20 7887 8888.
Tate Members have access to a Members-only 24 hour screening on 13–14 September and Members Hours on selected dates.
There will be a series of overnight 24-hour screenings on 6 October, 3 November and 1 December 2018.
The film features brief periods of nudity and strong language. Visitors bringing children should use their discretion.