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

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I've worked with collage a lot. And there's this chance thing that happens - you don't always control things. Why did you find this today and not this? But you've got this thing, and you make it work. It's the way life is, I suppose. Whatever happens, you deal with it.

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

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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.

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Art is all in the details.

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

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

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Most of my pictures are really small statements. There's a banality to them.

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You can get so many sounds out of one record. Every record can be used in some way.

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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. So there’s a revelatory quality. And this definitely includes a sense of playfulness, because you’re not sure what the consequences are going to be.

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[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.

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Since I was a child I have always been cutting things out and gluing them together rather than drawing them.

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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.

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About Christian Marclay

Quotes 24 sayings
Profession Visual artist
Birthday January 11, 1955

People who care about records are always giving me a hard time.

I mean, I would destroy records in performances, and break them, and whatever I could do to them to create a sound that was something else than just the sound that was in the groove.

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It's good to get away from the editing suite.

It's very unhealthy to be sitting in front of the screen for too long.

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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.

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Every person's remembering will be different. That engagement is important, I think.

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I have never been much of a painter.

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You start with an idea but then so many things can happen.

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

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

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It was part of a financial situation.

I could only afford records in thrift stores. Then you could find wonderful things, but now everything is a collectible. I like the recycling idea --using the stuff that people don't want anymore, and make new music out of it. There was an element of looking back and listening to your parents' records and doing something with that stuff. Sort of acknowledging the past while rejecting it at the same time.

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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.

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

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