If you think your job is a waste of time, imagine how Christian Marclay feels. For his epic 2010 film ‘The Clock’, the Swiss/American artist combed through countless hours of footage from film and TV, seeking out any glimpse of a clock or watch. The resulting 24-hour film, made up of over 12,000 clips, takes you on a journey through the day, operating as a functioning clock itself, with a scene for every minute that passes. Narratives unfold just as you’d expect: the morning finds couples snoozing and having wake-up sex, bells toll through noon, people commute in the late afternoon before heading to dinner in the evening and partying through the night. The moods change, settings morph, stories clash, characters interact – it’s a hypnotising trip through countless narratives and endless pop-culture references, and one of the most groundbreaking works of art of the past decade. You can catch it at Tate Modern during its normal opening hours, but for the full experience, there will be a series of overnight 24-hour screenings on October 6, November 3 and December 1. This is art that’s worth making time for.
Christian Marclay: 'The Clock' is at Tate Modern, Sep 14-Jan 20 2019, and it's free. Find more info here.