About the Exhibition

the most staggering, complex thing made by any artist so far this century

Adrian Searle, The Guardian

Don’t miss the Southern Hemisphere premiere of Christian Marclay’s groundbreaking 24-hour video work, The Clock, which has attracted record crowds wherever it has been shown. Marclay was awarded the Golden Lion for best artist at last year’s 54th Venice Biennale for The Clock.

Be amazed by the scale and ingenuity of the project. The Clock comprises several thousand short extracts from cinema history, each suggesting a particular time of day or referencing a specific moment, often through the appearance of a watch or clock-face. Marclay has stitched these extracts together to form a continuous visual sequence synchronised with the real time of your visit – if it is noon you’ll be watching a scene referencing noon. Even more impressively, the scenes suggest countless interlocking narratives despite the constant changes in genres, eras, locations and plotlines.

To honour this extraordinary achievement, you’ll be able to experience The Clock around the clock! The Clock will be shown in its entirety on the MCA’s opening day, Thursday 29 March 2012, and then played continuously during regular museum opening hours. Every subsequent Thursday there will be another special 24-hour presentation of this work. To keep you awake, coffee and refreshments wil be available from the MCA Cafe throughout the night.

Born in California in 1955 and raised in Switzerland, Christian Marclay now lives between London and New York. He has employed the concept of collage since the 1970s across diverse media including film and video, photography, installation, sound and music. This premiere presentation of The Clock in Australia is an extraordinary opportunity to see and experience a major international artistic phenomenon.