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Christian Marclay

b. 1955

In this video, Alan Licht performs Christian Marclay’s Wind Up Guitar (1994), a guitar that Marclay fitted with twelve music boxes.

In this video, Nicolas Collins interprets Christian Marclay’s Sixty-Four Bells and a Bow (2009) according to Marclay’s stipulation that all sounds must originate from the sixty-four glass, porcelain, and metal hand-bells.


In this video, Ulrich Krieger performs Christian Marclay’s Box Set (2008–2010). Like Russian nesting dolls, boxes adorned with musical notation are placed one inside the other, to be opened, played, and then closed by the musician.

In this video, Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins perform Christian Marclay’s Sixty-Four Bells and a Bow (2009), in which sixty-four small hand bells are used as sound sources.


In this video, musicians Anthony Coleman and Mary Halvorson interpret Christian Marclay’s Pret-à-Porter (2010) with the help of Alberto Denis and Esther m. Palmer who model clothing decorated with musical notations.

In this video, Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman perform Christian Marclay’s Ephemera (2009), a collection of printed materials decorated with musical notation, and Shuffle (2007), a set of photographs documenting musical notation found in mundane settings.


In this video, Anthony Coleman and special guest Odeya Nini perform Christian Marclay’s Covers (2007–10) in which musicians draw inspiration from thirty record covers and attempt to play any musical notation as literally as possible.

In this video, Museum visitors participate in Christian Marclay’s newest score, Chalkboard, for which the artist turned a wall of the Whitney’s galleries into a gigantic chalkboard with musical staff lines. 


In this video, David Moss performs Christian Marclay’s Manga Scroll (2010), a vocal score that consists of onomatopoeias found in Manga comics originally published in Japan but translated into English.

In this video, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins and Mark Nauseef perform Christian Marclay’s Screen Play (2005), a score made from carefully edited black-and-white images overlaid with brightly colored computer-animated graphics.


In this video, Mary Halvorson and Ikue Mori Perform Christian Marclay’s Graffiti Composition (1996–2002), a score consisting of 150 unbound images documenting the public’s response to blank sheet music posted around Berlin.