Christian Marclay’s The Clock has deservedly received more than fifteen minutes of fame. Opening today at the Lincoln Center Festival, this award-winning artwork stitches together thousands of notable clips from the entire history of cinema, each featuring an exact time on the face of a clock. A complete twenty-four hour montage, the film is synchronized with the local time of day, operating as both video art and a literal clock.
Marclay, a master of collage, is known for his mesmerizing combinations of sound and film. First appearing at White Cube in 2010, the monumental film has already made numerous stops around the world (including last year at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York). The installation is free, and viewers are welcome to stay as long as they please. Rumor has it that it’s worth camping out (especially for the twenty-four hour showing each week, which starts at 8:00 a.m. on Fridays).