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Art: Video

Christian Marclay's The Clock: 24-Hour Screening


Saturday Sep 22, 2012 (noon–midnight)

Sunday Sep 23, 2012 (midnight–noon)



LACMA (Venue Partner)

5905 Wilshire Blvd


Directions: LACMA is located on Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Curson avenues—midway between Downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. From the Santa Monica Freeway (10), take Fairfax Avenue north 2 miles to Wilshire Boulevard.




California-born video artist Christian Marclay scored the Golden Lion Award at last year's 54th Venice Biennale for The Clock, and it's easy to see why. His unique piece of found-footage film art is a 24-hour visual juggernaut that makes use of thousands of short film clips, all corresponding to real time. But The Clock actually calls into question the notion of time in general — its construction and application as a social tool, and moreover, its artificiality and ultimate irrelevance in cinema. Making its LA debut at LACMA last year, The Clock has appeared in countless museums and galleries around the world. Now, the extended film returns to LA for a special encore screening, which takes place over the course of 24 hours. (Sleeping bags optional.)

Tanja M. Laden, Flavorpill

LACMA says…

Join us for another 24-hour screening of artist Christian Marclay's The Clock. The Clock is a 24-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicting the passage of time. Marclay has excerpted each of these moments from their original contexts and edited them together to create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is viewed. The sampled clips come from films of all genres, time periods, and cultures, some lasting only seconds, others minutes, and have been culled from hundreds of films, famous and obscure, into a seamless whole.