WhatMuseums & Galleries
14/09/2018 - 20/01/2019 14 Sept–20 Jan 2018
Bankside, SE1 9TG
10am–6pm daily and to 10pm on Fri and Sat
Blavatnik Building, Level 2
Queues are likely.
Christian Marclay's video installation THE CLOCK has been wowing audiences worldwide for over 8 years. We sat in from 10–10.30am.
An edited selection of over 10,000 film clips, it runs on a big screen in real time over a 24 hour period, each minute showing that precise moment in time. Part of the fun is identifying the film, some of which repeat. We had Humphrey Bogart, Roger Moore, John Cleese (Clockwise, obvs), Bruce Willis and Michael J Fox, among others.
People are waking up, getting married, waiting to pull the trigger, getting into taxis, getting out of taxis, going into the metro. And it is all seamlessly edited. Clips flow between film, genres, decades of movie archives. Alarm clocks, church clocks, station clocks, clocks on bombs, on wrists, on car dashboards. Tick tock, tick tock.
You are forever in the moment. It is bewildering, engaging and after a while, strangely calming. It is mindfulness on steroids.
It is also hypnotic. You are ensconced on a comfy sofa that seats three and it is very hard not to wait for just one more minute. Once the room is full, it is full and you can stay for as long as you want. So be prepared to queue if you get there once the seats are taken.
There are 24 hour screenings on 6 Oct, 3 Nov and 1 Dec. We are very tempted!
Images: Christian Marclay: The Clock 2010 c. the artist. Courtesy White Cube Gallery, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
10am–6pm daily and to 10pm on Fri and Sat
Blavatnik Building, Level 2
Queues are likely.
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