Thursday night saw the great unveiling of Christian Marclay’s epic artwork, “The Clock“.
“The Clock” is a film piece, 24 hours long, and through a series of carefully edited film clips, tells the real time to the minute. It is completely fascinating to watch, and you may find yourself sitting in front of it for hours.
‘The Clock’ plays with how audiences experience narrative in cinema, examining the conventions and devices through which filmmakers create a persuasive illusion of duration. When watching a film, an audience is removed from normal time and swept up in a new register that corresponds to the narrative at hand. ‘The Clock’ transforms this condition of cinema: time, in this case, corresponds precisely to the actual time beyond the work. The audience will have the peculiar awareness of experiencing a fictional event, or countless events, at what appears to be the same time as when they watch it in the gallery…
Currently showing at The White Cube Gallery, Mason’s Yard.