Christian Marclay “The Clock” – The Polygon Gallery

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  • The Polygon Gallery presents Christian Marclay: The Clock, a cinematic montage tour-de-force synchronized with actual time on a 24-hour clock.

    Recognised as one of the most important contemporary artworks of our time, The Clock is an audiovisual tour-de-force. Presented in a custom-built cinema within the gallery, the work montages film and television footage from the last 70 years. The time represented in each clip is synchronised with actual time, allowing The Clock to function as a 24-hour timepiece. Christian Marclay won the coveted Gold Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 2011 for this now-famous artwork, recently presented at the Tate Modern, London.

    Intricately edited in both its visuals and sound, The Clock is created from thousands of film fragments collaged into a minute-to-minute tapestry of modern life, with appearances by many familiar Hollywood and international screen actors. Pre-dawn scenes include dream sequences; morning scenes depict characters waking up, drinking coffee, or heading out to work; evening shots show parties, dinners, and theatre shows. The pace of The Clock reflects daily rhythms, building toward noon, varying in the afternoon, and utilising both images and soundtracks to herald the work’s dramatic midnight climax. The mesmerising experience of following various narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, makes time unravel in countless directions at once.


    On select Fridays, the gallery will stay open overnight for 24-hour screenings. During these overnight screenings, visitors will be able to see the evening and early morning sections of the film. Dates include:

    July 5, 26
    August 16
    September 6, 13


    Tours of The Clock will be hosted every Saturday at 2PM. To join the tour, meet at the ground floor lobby at 1:55PM. These tours are recommended for general visitors as an introduction to the exhibition.

    Image: Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010, single-channel video installation, duration: 24 hours, © the artist. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby)



    Christian Marclay was born in California, raised in Switzerland and lives and works in London. A visual artist and composer, he has for 35 years explored the fusion of visual and audio cultures, transforming sound into physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video. He began his exploration into sound art through experimenting with phonograph records and turntables in 1979. Over the last decade, Marclay has created provocative moving image installations and soundscapes by collaging found film and video footage.

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