CM But that was live. His mother was American so he held a double nationality. Some of them like splash, whoosh, swish, slutch, whupp break out the translation process and on the road from auditory to visual to meaning, the noise gets worse, or better, and everything melts down into the disorder and compound of sensory data. Christian Marclay, né en 1955 à San Rafael en Californie, est un musicien, compositeur et artiste plasticien suisse.. CM Yes. BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. It took me a while, getting all the machines, learning how to use Final Cut Pro. And the cutting and splicing was possible because of the tape’s materiality. They put their money together and can afford to buy an expensive work of art. Did you have any legal problems about all the clips you use in Video Quartet? For the viewer it seems normal to jump cut from one actor in one space to another in a completely different space, or from one film to another. The minimalist repetitive music in the ’70s predated the sequencer. On four contiguous screens are projected distinct montages of film clips that Marclay sampled along with their original sound tracks making, making for a richly layered, orchestral experience that recontextualizes iconic images from the history of cinema. The more trained musicians appreciated this kind of freshness. Marclay's work explores connections … Featuring interviews with Marina Abramovic and Laurie Anderson, Paul McCarthy, Christian Marclay and Ben Neill, Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto and Andrew Benjamin, Jimmy Santiago Baca and Adam Fuss, Aryeh Lev Stollman, Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulciniby and Bette Gordon, and Elliott Sharp. Christian Marclay is an American-Swiss artist known for his sculptures, videos, and music, especially his sound collages. See more ideas about christian marclay, christian, art. The notion of traditional value, of commodities, is still being undermined or subverted in the art world. What is unique about this artist is his extraordinary ability to mix different media and various culture references into the rich fusion of qualities that synthesize in the original artistic experience. BN I think what happened in digital audio ten years ago is happening in video now. Facilitated by his forays into desktop video technology but with a clarity of focus that lets us forget the technology of how it was made, Video Quartetimmerses the audience in a rapid-fire collage of Hollywood film-clips that feature actors and musicians playing instruments or making sound. Think back to the 19th century, to Wagner, to Scriabin. The busier I am in both fields at once, the harder it is. BN That’s an interesting point. 1955) fuses art and technology, using Snapchat videos as raw material. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15,000 works. More recently you’ve been working with video and sound together in your installations. CM As a dj I’ve always constructed my music with fragments mixed on multiple turntables, and the video came out of this practice. The artist loves to change the initial purpose and shape of the object, whether that is video, vinyl record or poster, so he could pull out the hidden meaning, or just emphasize the original one. In these newer pieces, you’re bringing the sound and visual elements together in a truly distinct way. His most recent works have the same energy, and the artist continues to mix music and illustration, sculpture and photography altogether. The complex narrative blurs the line between musical and visual structure, combining the disparate fragments in a way that resonates deeply with contemporary media-saturated life. BN One of the reasons that record companies are in so much trouble—and film studios might start running into the same trouble—is that they didn’t think about these things seriously enough. BN Sampling has become the primary aesthetic idea of our time. That was a huge limitation. Christian Marclay was born in 1955 in San Rafael, California, and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. By including the image with the sound, I make the source even more recognizable. If you watch Quartet without the sound, the images are suggestive, but they don’t add up to much in a narrative sense, although we try to make meaning out of it. You don’t necessarily have to produce anything “original.” Video Quartet embodies that sensibility. What are you working on now? Many of the artists showing at Metro Pictures—Louise Lawler, Richard Prince, Jack Goldstein, Robert Longo—were working with found imagery and using early computer tools to manipulate this stuff, enriching prints, rephotographing images. Starting out as a musician in a band Mon Ton Son, he used the turntable as a sound object, where he would break the records and glue them back together, so the needle would play the noise when crossing the cracked and glued area. See available prints and multiples, photographs, and paintings for sale and learn about the artist. BN It’s like playing an instrument—you have to practice. CM There is so much money involved—that’s why Disney is not ready to understand that Mickey mouse belongs to everybody. CM I’m doing this fun project for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a commission from the Relâche Ensemble, from Philadelphia, who asked me to create a piece of music for them. In his Video Quartet from 2002, he put together scenes from Hollywood films where actors play instruments and make music, and he created a 13-minute long audio-visual experience that shows how authentic music looks like. You’ve implemented these musical structures within the four screens with imitation, doubling and delays. Le monde des arts plastiques et celui de la musique ne se croisent pas souvent dans l'ascenseur utopique de l'unité des arts. Marclay developed the idea for The Clock while working on his 2005 piece His mother was American so he held a double nationality. Our vocabulary is very limited and words can never be thoughts, and with this pushing the envelope attitude Marclay expands our capabilities of comprehension. I’m now editing the video. BN At that point a dj was somebody on the radio playing records. His range of interest expands to more complex notions, and he was praised for his film The Clock where he extrapolated the experience of time, how time is felt and contemplated in the human mind. The turntables added a visual dimension that was more real than background slide projections, which felt like an added element. But I’m sure that will evolve. The CD was taking over. Relief print. The busier I am in both fields at once, the harder it is. My work as a visual artist deals with sound and music, and I’ve always thought of music as something close to performance art. Visual sampling was already there before sound recording, with photography, and later with film and video. And Marcel Duchamp. Artist/composer Christian Marclay (b. People have been interested in doing this for a long time. He found the best energy in the music and dance clubs 30 years ago, and nowadays the difference between those clubs and galleries is not that big. He holds both American and Swiss nationality. Watch Read Artists Search . And also from editing music with computer programs, as much as performing live. He synchronized time on the clocks and watches on the screen with real time where the film was beeing watched and managed to give the audience the visual experience of such an abstract notion as time. Some guy attacked it a couple of years ago. Christian Marclay Well, it’s not always easy to sustain both at the same time. He was surrounded by instructional turntables and thrift-store records with objects attached to them. The idea came from the mainstream fashion of record lovers who collect them and play them almost never, whereas Marclay plays them, destroys them, unpacks them, and even mixes the covers. In the early ’80s, a lot of artists were actually appropriating and sampling visually. Christian Marclay performing with The Bachelors, Even, at Inroads, New York, 1980. I’ve even used them as acoustic sound objects with no turntables, just scratching them with my nails, or wobbling them or breaking them. The video will function as a score and as a sound track for the musicians to play along with, almost like a teleprompter, a visual score with cues. Christian Marclay : Turntablisme (mix et remix sur platines vinyles), composition et images sonores. CM You’re not exactly encouraged to touch it. Christian Marclay’s works are made from objects, images, and sounds that already exist, which he appropriates and manipulates. But it was the beginning of a band that was very visual: we used films, slide projections and props. Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present new work by Christian Marclay, incorporating collage, video animation, and photography.The exhibition continues Marclay’s investigation into the relationship between sound and image through sampling elements from art and popular culture, and reflects the anxiety and frustration of the current global pandemic and political crises. documenta 15, 2022. 1991 | MoMA. … View Christian Marclay’s 224 artworks on artnet. Moholy-Nagy at the Bauhaus, for instance, experimented with drawing grooves directly on the disc. If you have a big pop hit that uses a sample, people will come after you even if it’s not their song that was sampled, but something sounding like it. He holds both American and Swiss nationality. BN Were Cage’s ideas about found sound influential to you? But then the whole “turntablist” thing exploded. He made a self-stick record label with his name on it, stuck it on all kinds of records and called it his music. Music is a nice diversion from being in the studio worrying about my next art show. CM But I didn’t realize it was in such bad shape—. His films are always about time-base performances. In his autobiography Stravinsky wrote that he could never understand why people go to concerts and close their eyes. Sometimes technologies will come out but not stay around because there’s not enough of an appeal for them, so they tend to fall away. Untitled. CM Not right away. Album Covers Collages by Christian Marclay. At that time the dj as performer was still a new phenomenon in early hip-hop; Marclay was transforming the concept of the dj even as it was emerging. Marclay’s four-screen installation Video Quartet, 2002, is undoubtedly his most accomplished example of audiovisual fusion to date. On peut dire qu'il est dans la suite du travail du travail de John Cage, un conceptuel du sound art. What you can do now is limited: the video samples are slow, and most often the live musicians play along with the video rather than the other way around. Curator: Cecilia Alemani. Legally it’s a little delicate, because I’m dealing with such iconic movies. Christian Marclay, Video Quartet, 2002, four-channel digital projection with sound, 8 x 40 feet overall. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others. “I’ve always been interested in how sound is visualized,” he explains. And sampling has been around for a long time, but digital sampling allows for more flexibility and immediacy. by Betsy Sussler, Sally Gall’s Subterranea He performed live, but didn't play any instrument. It was like. “I’ve always been interested in how sound is visualized,” he explains. So it had to be a good image and a good sound. A new crop of younger djs turned the record into an alternative medium, and record companies started pressing records again, and suddenly I had these younger djs approaching me, asking me to perform with them. It was a commissioned piece, right? Autoplay: On Off. These include major holdings of New Zealand historic, modern and contemporary art, and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as European painting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to the present day. The idea of using chance and found objects came out of these artists. Music has such an intimate connection with technology. Always different and always daring, he managed to over cross all the boundaries and to show how differences in experience can bring the ideas together, not separate them away. You’re always appropriating pop culture, entertainment-based images, but you haven’t ever emulated that way of working. Christian Marclay Christian Marclay. Christian Marclay transforms sounds and music into visible, physical form through a prolific range of performances, collages, sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos. When Christian Marclay moved from New York to London, in the summer of 2007, he left behind some of his most valued possessions: hundreds of boxes of thrift-store junk. BN That goes back to the record: the sound recording was originally not something that was thought of as the work of art, it was a documentation of the work of art. The artist and composer Christian Marclay works with the interplay of sound and images through a variety of media, ranging from performance to printmaking, video, and collage. Now I’m relearning it all—I haven’t edited for almost a year. With video they are becoming more and more of an indivisible unit, unlike cinema, which is all about postproduction and folley sounds. I went to art school, first in Switzerland, where I grew up, and later in Boston and New York. In his performances words pop out on the screen, musicians play music like they would usually do in the concert gallery, and the noise travels from ear lobes to the nervous system, transmitting the data and the energy. CM The idea of repetition really comes out of tape recording. Marclay was born in California and he grew up in Switzerland, where he attended the Ecole Supérieure d'Art Visuel in Geneva and later continued his education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Cooper Union in New York. But the actual, physical objects are just storage for data. CM That changed everything. He works with sound, illustration, photography and video installation. Christian Marclay - Cartoonish Action Smak, Squish, Splsh No 2, photo credits Standard UK Shaping the Avantgarde Spirit. Durée : 24 heures. Naissance : 1955, San Rafael (Californie, États-Unis) Lieu(x) de résidence/d'activité : New York (New York, Etats-Unis) How are you able to sustain both of these facets? maybe that’s the role of the artist in this world that you’re talking about—picking out the samples. Over the past 35 years, Christian Marclay has explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video.Marclay began his exploration into sound and art through In general, do you ever have to deal with any legal issues about appropriation? So one could argue that the music is the glue to Video Quartet. Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010 Installation vidéo à canal unique. Oeuvre achetée en 2011 grâce à l'appui généreux de Jay Smith et Laura Rapp, et Carol et Morton Rapp, Toronto. What are you editing now? Marclay's work explores connections between sound, noise, photography, video, and film. Christian Marclay is an American-Swiss artist known for his sculptures, videos, and music, especially his sound collages. Sincere music should not stay in the cardboard cover because sincere music can change the time, and feelings and leave the authentic impression. Photo: Tom Powel. Ses œuvres sont exposées à la Biennale d'Art de Venise dans le pavillon central des Giardini. Nothing found—try broadening your search. Les équivalents formels entre le temps et la musique deviennent sensibles et The Clock devient une œuvre musicale, nous rendant captifs de ses sonorités qui se … CM Quartet reveals the way in which music is made out of a collection of fragments. Christian Marclay (born January 11, 1955) is a visual artist and composer. The time-based aspect of sound is a vocabulary that is similar to programming. But improvisation was always a big part of it. About; News; For Educators; Screening Society; Shop; Give; Our Series. PERFORMANCES For nearly thirty years, Christian Marclay has explored the distinctive fusion of image and sound through collage, performance, installation, photography, sculpture, and video. I think art is a gamble, in a way. I was intrigued by the use of glass, such a fragile material, to re-create this fragile, already cracked object. Steve Reich’s tape loops were made because the technology was there to do it. There were a few who were like me—Arto Lindsay, for instance, and Ikue Mori. People didn’t have the same relationship to the vinyl record. They didn’t really look at what was happening. I thought I should find a connection between these two broken objects. Cage used records early on. The idea of the uniqueness of the object belonging to one person is being challenged, and I find that really great—more people will end up seeing the work. See available prints and multiples, photographs, and paintings for sale and learn about the artist. Being a bit rebellious at heart, he never follows the instructions, so he plays records from the middle, switches beginnings and ends, breaks the harmony and brings out the noise. Your watchlist. That piece is one of my favorites. We breathe in this stuff; why shouldn’t it come out transformed? Early life and education. Marclay was born in California and he grew up in Switzerland, where he attended the Ecole Supérieure d'Art Visuel in Geneva and later continued his education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Cooper Union in New York. You used the word commentary before. Resourceful and imaginative, Marclay got the idea of using mixed LP sound, played in a loop in a repetitive manner as a replacement for a missing drummer he never managed to recruit for his band. Another clever art form is coming, that is album cover art. by Vénus Khoury-Ghata, John Haskell’s I am not Jackson Pollock The clips included in Video Quartet, which Christian Marclay edited in his New York studio using the software programme Final Cut Pro, are taken mainly from Hollywood feature films, both colour and black and white productions. There are so many ways to deal with quotation. A mesmerising masterpiece of contemporary art Christian Marclay ’s acclaimed installation The Clock 2010 has captivated audiences across the world from New York to Moscow. September 11 changed the project somewhat. Christian Marclay l’utilise comme un liant, une symphonie de sonneries, tic-tac, pas, cris, rires, pleurs et musique. Christian Marclay (américain, né le 11 janvier 1955 à San Rafael), sculpteur, vidéaste, musicien, est né en Californie et élevé à Genève par une mère américaine et un père suisse. Acquise conjointement par le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada et le Museum of Fine Arts, Boston I came to New York in 1977, as a visiting student at Cooper Union, and I spent a lot of time on the club scene. CM In my visual work I had been using found objects from my environment, things that I was confronted with every day. SOLO Press, Inc., New York. He’s a French Fluxus artist. Pure art, without the ambition of being instantly commercial often reaches its peak in underground contemporary circles at the difficult economic times. There’s a musical structure, and it makes sense musically. Schooled in Geneva, Boston, and New York, Marclay has shown a lot of interest in the art of sound, becoming an intrepid avant-gardist in the non-conventional use of instruments and sound-mixing tools; even going so far as to perform with American rock band Sonic Youth. Marlcay was born in California in 1955 and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. Stills of Christian Marclay – Telephones, 1995, video installati… Marclay was born in the US to an American mother and a Swiss-French father. The video will play as part of the exhibition, which also includes some Duchamp artifacts from the Philadelphia Museum’s collection and an assortment of glass Liberty Bells, souvenirs that I’ve found in collections in Philadelphia and bought on eBay. 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