American artist Christian Marclay has edited together, from thousands of different films, fragments which feature time references, a clock or a watch, to form one 24 hour real-time piece. So whenever you see a clock appear the time displayed corresponds with that of the actual real life time. Even though the dialogue doesn’t flow and you often only see a few seconds from each film, the result is really quite captivating and easy to watch. From the blurb…
The Clock’ plays with how audiences experience narrative in cinema, examining the conventions and devices through which filmmakers create a persuasive illusion of duration. When watching a film, an audience is removed from normal time and swept up in a new register that corresponds to the narrative at hand. ‘The Clock’ transforms this condition of cinema: time, in this case, corresponds precisely to the actual time beyond the work. The audience will have the peculiar awareness of experiencing a fictional event, or countless events, at what appears to be the same time as when they watch it in the gallery.
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Ps. if anyone knows of a list of all the films used please could you send it this way!