Christian Marclay: The Clock

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Christian Marclay: The Clock
© Christian Marclay. Image Courtesy of White Cube and Paul Cooper Gallery

Time Out says

Every clock-watchers favourite work of art returns to London, this time for a show at Tate Modern. For the unacquainted, Christian Marclay's The Clock (which premiered in 2010) is an ingenious film made up of clips from films showing the time. The cool part (as though that wasn't good enough) is that there's a full 24 hours of it! AND (wait for it) when you watch it, the time you're seeing in the film matches up with the REAL TIME!!!!!

Admittedly, when you put it in words it sounds... oddly underwhelming. But this tick-tocking artwork has a long history of getting viewers super-excited. Go in for five minutes, come out five hours later. Or, head to Tate Modern on 6 October, 3 November or 1 December and stay for all 24 hours. You'll have the time of your life.


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An incredibly engrossing film.  A few seconds of so many international films back-to-back with clocks and watches in each showing real time.  Almost every snippet of film I saw wanted me to go and watch the full screening.  So clever that I almost wish I'd done the 24 hour sitting.  Failing that, I will return and watch the film for another few hours at a different time of day.  Fascinating.


I think this may be the best art installation I have ever seen. It’s compelling, it’s clever, it obviously took hundreds of hours to put together and I loved every second of the 45 minutes I sat through.

Each shot relates to time in some way, whether that’s an image of a clock or someone stating the time but the time on each image is in real time as it plays through its 24 hours of footage. It’s just so clever.


This is by far the most clever exhibition I've ever been to. Christian Marclay has clearly put so much thought and effort into this 24 hour film to find footage that fits the exact minute as well as being entertaining. I luckily didn't have to queue for too long as I went mid morning and on a week day but I imagine this exhibition will be very busy during popular times of day as you can sit in there for as long as you like meaning that queues go slowly. This is a fascinating and innovative way to look at time and I could personally spend hours and hours watching the meticulously planned work of Christian Marclay.