Christian Marclay Quotes

Christian Ernest Marclay (born January 11, 1955) is a visual artist and composer. He holds both American and Swiss nationality.

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Christian Marclay


If the music in a groove fits with what you're playing, then play it; if not, then you can play it backwards. If that doesn't work, you try it at a different speed. If it really doesn't work you just break it. The whole ritual to put a record on a turntable just to listen to it, I don't do that too often.

Christian Marclay


We go to the movies to forget about time, to be in a dream state. And it's entertainment, distraction, from the fact that everything is kind of crumbling in front of our eyes.

Christian Marclay


It's the way life is, I suppose. Whatever happens, you deal with it.

Christian Marclay


I admire the abstract expressionists and pop artists so right now I'm referencing American '60s art and at the same time referencing Japanese manga culture.

Christian Marclay


If you make something good and interesting and not ridiculing someone or being offensive, the creators of the original material will like it.

Christian Marclay


The process of editing is what I enjoy most - putting the pieces together and making sense out of them.

Christian Marclay


Unlike sitting at a computer screen, printing is very direct and hands-on.

Christian Marclay


Record Without A Cover' was about allowing the medium to come through, making a record that was not a document of a performance but a record that could change with time, and would be different from one copy to the next.

Christian Marclay


Art is all in the details.

Christian Marclay


When you take something apart, you get a great sense of what it took to originally put it together.

Christian Marclay


These things I sample, or clip, are things that we share - music, films, sounds. It triggers a layer of participation from the audience as they recognize the material and remember it.

Christian Marclay


As an artist, you're always somewhat obscure. We're not talking Hollywood.

Christian Marclay


[Photography] can be tiny, on your phone, or it can be a billboard, or a film-sized projection, or printed in a magazine. I don't think we've been in a time before when so much photography is available in so many formats, when everybody is a photographer.

Christian Marclay


I've never been a big cinephile, which may be why I could treat 'The Clock' like a puzzle and force the pieces to fit together in odd ways.

Christian Marclay


Photography is solitary and there are lags between seeing with your eyes and seeing through the lens, and then seeing the image on your computer.... I often see things after the fact. This revelatory quality includes a sense of playfulness, because you're not sure what the consequences are going to be.

Christian Marclay