First publication dedicated to Christian Marclay's photographic practice
this monograph examines the role and status of photography in Marclays' work and gathers a large selection of images, critical and historical texts by photo and music specialists, an interview with the artist, and an essay by John Armleder
. A way to retrace the whole of the artist's visual and musical activity, as Marclay's images have the property to synthesize the main concepts that shape his work.
With sampling, shuffling, and montage taking center stage, the practice of Swiss-American artist Christian Marclay (born 1955 in San Rafael, California, lives and works in New York), known as the inventor of "turntablism
," has been anchored in the universe of sound since the end of the 1970s. An eminent conceptual artist and recipient of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for his landmark 24-hour video installation The Clock
(2010), he is equally fascinated by all aspects of popular music and avant-garde music, Hollywood cinema, and experimental film. Drawing on the Fluxus
vision of art and Pop spirit, and heir to John Cage
and Andy Warhol
, Marclay has been exploring all the possibilities of the visual arts and the relationships between visual and sonic
phenomena through collage, assemblage, installation, video, photography, painting, and printmaking. Also a performer, he has taken part in numerous musical projects, making the vinyl record and the turntable his favorite instruments.