Tuesday, 16 October 2007
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The astonishing and groundbreaking artwork of internationally acclaimed video artist and musician, Christian Marclay, features in an Australian exclusive survey exhibition, Replay Christian Marclay, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) from November 14.
Developed by the Cité de la Musique in Paris, Replay Christian Marclay is the first major exhibition presented in Australia celebrating the work of the New York-based contemporary moving image artist, and is the first solo exhibition to be staged in ACMI's Screen Gallery.
ACMI Head of Exhibitions, Conrad Bodman, said Reply Christian Marclay is a unique opportunity for Australians to experience the work of the celebrated artist and musician.
'Christian's astonishing work re-constructs the space between what we hear and what we see, exploring the overlapping of aural and visual realms in popular culture through a variety of mediums including video, film, sculpture, photography, music and DJ performances,' Conrad said. 'His videos and installations allow audiences to experience a world of music, sound and images in a way that challenges us to consider our view of the world in a new and exciting way.'
Christian Marclay's work across multiple platforms draws from a range of influences, from his early days in punk rock in the 1970s to the tradition of influential avant-garde artists such as John Cage, Laurie Anderson and the Fluxus Group.
As a musician, he's collaborated with Sonic Youth, the Kronos Quartet, Elliott Sharp and John Zorn; as a DJ and sound artist his experimental improvised turntable performances continue to push boundaries. As a film buff, he reprocesses the sounds and images that form our cultural references, recontextualising their meaning.
Since Marclay turned to video in the 1980s, his work has featured extensively across the globe including at two Venice Biennales and at the Tate, Centre Pompidou and the Guggenheim.
This free exhibition featuring large-scale projections and dramatic sound is a rare opportunity for audiences to experience Marclay's stunning moving image work including the Australian premieres of Video Quartet (2002), a four-screen display of music-related scenes from feature films and Crossfire (2007), a symphony of gunshots compiled using excerpts from Hollywood films.
Audiences will also have the chance to join a once-only personal tour of Replay Christian Marclay by the artist at ACMI following the exhibition opening.
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