Ceci n'est pas une horloge
February 8, 2012 9:49 PM Subscribe
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is a film that is also a clock. It runs for 24 consecutive hours, and is made of thousands of samples, some lasting only seconds, others minutes, from hundreds of films and videos. All of it edited into a seamless whole by video artist Christian Marclay. When it is shown, it is synchronized to the real time, so if it's 2:15 on a clock shown on-screen, it's 2:15 in real time. Harrison Ford is in it. So is John Cusack, Humphrey Bogart, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lon Chaney, Roger Moore(and all the other James Bonds), John Cleese, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, the Beatles, Jody Foster, Gregory Peck, Nicole Kidman, Nick Cage and a few hundred others. You'll see The Simpsons and The Office. You'll see The Avengers. You'll see stuff you have no clue about. Here's what it feels like to watch all twenty four hours of it in one sitting.
The Clock won the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale where Marclay reportedly thanked the jury for giving The Clock its fifteen minutes of fame.
The definitive list of The Clock's samples (it's unclear how many but probably close to two thousand?) have yet to be listed anywhere on the Net. It's probably only a matter of time. But it's more than just the ultimate trivia contest says the NY Times.
Clips of the masterwork are starting to appear on Youtube.
Here is 12:04 to 12:07 pm
12:59 to 1:00 pm.
2:01 to 2:02 pm.
4:29 pm to 4:32 pm
Of course everyone wants to see what happens at midnight. Zadie Smith gives spoilers
The Clock will be playing live at The National Gallery of Canada with four full 24-hour screenings of the work over the nights of February 10, 17, 18, and February 19