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What time is it? Watching “The Clock” at MOMA

After spending a few hours mesmerized by Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at the Museum of Modern Art, it might be time for a new watch.

Artist Christian Marclay won the best artist at the 2011 Venice Biennale with the film that represents each second of 24 hours with footage from more than a thousand clips. It is shown in real time, so that when you’re there at 3:45 p.m. (as we were), you’re seeing snippets referring to 3:45 p.m. and a clock in the background or on a character.

They’re cleverly edited together to create an experience that is unexpectedly riveting. You quickly get caught up in the game of name that star and name that movie. But you’re also struck by our obsession with time. As you’re literally watching time pass, it’s so weirdly compelling that you want to know what happens next despite the fact that there is no narrative. When we had to leave for dinner reservations as those on screen were eating their dinner, we plan to definitely make more time to see it when it is next shown.

Hopefully soon, because time flies. 


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