Depicting time through the footage from a variety of sources, including the moments from the hit movies, obscure films, as well as television footage, a contemporary artist Christian Marclay presents The Clock – a video installation that intertwines artificial cinematic time with the time experienced by the audience. The display will open at Tate this Friday, the 14th of September.

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The Clock was created by Christian Marclay, a contemporary artist working in sound and image, a winner of a Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale for the installation. After touring internationally, it arrives at Tate for a first-time display – it’ll be exhibited for free during the opening times. To see the rest of the footage, you’ll be able to join one of the 24-hour screenings to experience it on Saturday, the 6th of October, Saturday the 3rd of November and Saturday the 1st of December.

A montage of thousands of film and TV clips that depict clocks or reference time, The Clock is a journey through the history of the image too – it spans a hundred years of popular classics and lesser-known films, including westerns, thrillers and sci-fi, reflecting the artist’s fascination with popular recorded sound and cinema. It’s a functioning timepiece, synchronised with the local time, but taking us through narratives, setting and moods used to depict the time in the span of minutes and redefining “cinematic time” to intertwine it with the passing time for the viewer.

The artist will talk about his work on the 24th of September, kicking off a programme of events themed around his display. Uniqlo Tate Late September (28th of September) will be themed around the display, mixing art, music, film, workshops with pop-up talks, while Films of our Lives (24th of October) invites contributors for a discussion about their favourite film moments – the panel will be chaired by Gaylene Gould, Head of Cinemas and Events at the British Film Institute and includes Samantha Morton, actor, writer and director. In November, another discussion will consider approaches to narrative across different media, chaired by a writer and critic Brian Dillon. Remix, Rewind, Play will take place on the 27th of November. About Time: Creative Writing Around the Clock (starts on the 22nd of October) uses the exhibit as an inspiration to lead a five-week writing course.

The display will be open until the 20th January 2019 in Tate’s Blavatnik Building. The entry is free during the opening hours, the price might vary per event. More information is available on the Tate website.

The Clock. Tate Modern, Blavatnik Building, Level 2. Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday. More information:

Kasia Kwasniewska

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