ACMI presents

Christian Marclay: The Clock

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“A work of art that touches the truth of being human”

The Clock is a 24-hour video installation created from thousands of clips of clocks, watches and other references to time from film and television. These are masterfully edited together and synced to the present moment in one mesmerising collage. The result is an epic journey through cinematic history as well as a functioning timepiece.

Minute by minute, hour by hour, hundreds of characters are jolted awake by alarms, run for trains, wait for lovers, or dream strange dreams. Stitched together from hours of cinematic history, The Clock gifts audiences the addictive joy of recognising favourite actors or scenes from beloved films, as well as being wildly compelling and dream-like itself.

Since debuting in 2010, The Clock has become one of the most seen and celebrated artworks of our time, winning the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale, and attracting critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences at gallery showings across the world.

  • Visitors can watch The Clock at ACMI daily, free from 10am-5pm, with 24-hour screenings every Thursday.

  • The 24-hour sessions start Thursday 10am and run through the night, finishing up Friday 5pm

  • Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis

  • Due to limited capacity, please be aware that there may be wait times

  • The Clock contains occasional scenes of nudity and violence

To farewell The Clock, we're screening it in its entire 24 hours for five consecutive days from 10am Thursday 7 March – 5pm Monday 11 March.

Please note: on Friday 8 March, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day with live music and performances in our Lightwell. Sound from this event may affect the experience of The Clock between 8.30pm – 12am on that date. 

Thanks to, visitors waiting to see The Clock can enjoy contemporary video works on the Lightwell screen. Find out what's screening.

About Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay was born in California and raised in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the last 35 years he has explored the fusion of fine art and audio cultures, transforming sounds and music into a visible, physical form through performance, collage, sculpture, installation, photography and video. Since making his mark in the New York art scene in the seventies as an experimental DJ, Marclay is recognised as a pioneer in the art of using gramophone records and turntables as musical instruments to create sound collages. Marclay is represented by White Cube in London. In 2008 ACMI presented the exhibition Replay Marclay, the first survey of Marclay's practice in Australia.