Both a visual artist and an experimental musician and composer, American Christian Marclay (1955) cites the Fluxus and Punk movements among his influences. In his performances, videos or installations, he not only explores the boundaries of the musical field, but also analyses musical iconography in the broader sense of the word. 

Video Quartet

Video Quartet (2002) is a work coproduced with Mudam and projects a visual and sound kaleidoscope onto four screens, consisting of approximately 700 extracts from films that, in a meticulous orchestration, appear to provide a cross section of almost the entire history of cinema. The frenzied succession of short musical or acoustic sequences thus perfectly summarises Marclay’s ironic paraphrase of American painter Frank Stella’s famous saying: “What you see is what you hear”.

Christian Marclay
Video Quartet, 2002
Quadruple sound projection
17 min
Order San Francisco Museum of Modern Art et Mudam Luxembourg
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Acquisition 2001
© Photo: Andrés Lejona

Guitar Drag

Christian Marclay
Guitar Drag, 2000
Video colour projection, sound
14 min
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Acquisition 2001
© Video still: Mudam Luxembourg