© Dr. J Caldwell
Christian Marclay

© Dr. J Caldwell

Christian Marclay

Born in 1955, in Buffalo (United States of America)

Lives and works in London (United Kingdom)

Since the early 1980s, Christian Marclay has been working on the edge of the visual arts and music.

In the 1970s he began exploring alternative realms of art and music, incorporating elements of punk and performance into his work, which is often iconoclastic, echoing the Fluxus movement. Drawn to vinyl records, he breaks, scratches and glues them back together to create music made up of a series of chaotic sounds, or uses them in sculptures and installations. In his video Guitar Drag (2000), he explores new sounds by mistreating rock music's favourite instrument. One of the most radical precursors of sampling, Marclay conceived spectacular video installations during the 1990s and created “sonic images” drawn from the depths of cinema.

Selected Bibliography

Criqui, Jean-Pierre. ON & BY Christian Marclay. Etats-Unis : MIT Press, 2014

Marclay, Christian ; Leader, Darian. The clock : Christian Marclay. London : White Cube, 2010. 

Armleder, John ; Bossis, Bruno ; Dufeu, Frédéric... [et al.]. Christian Marclay : Snap ! : [exposition, Galerie Art & Essai, Université Rennes 2, 7 mai - 14 juin 2008 ; Mamco, Genève, 25 juin - 21 septembre 2008]. Dijon : Presses du réel ; Genève : Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Genève, 2009. (Mamco). 

Criqui, Jean-Pierre. Replay Marclay : exposition, Paris, Cité de la musique, 9 mars-24 juin 2007. Paris : RMN-Grand Palais ; Paris : Cité de la musique, 2007. 

González, Jennifer A.; Gordon, Kim ; Higgs, Matthew. Christian Marclay. London ; New York : Phaidon, 2005. (Contemporary artists). 

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