Christian Marclay, Video Quartet, 2002
Christian Marclay, Video Quartet, 2002; four-channel video projection, color, with sound, 13 min., dimensions variable; Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the artist and the Paula Cooper Gallery; commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg with the generous support of the James Family Foundation; © Christian Marclay

Overview

Commissioned by SFMOMA, this four-channel video projection presents an intricate montage of film fragments showing people playing instruments, singing, or performing actions that generate noise (knocking on a door, for example). The projections are synchronized to produce a visual-musical composition in which the previously unrelated performers play together — a recontextualization that supersedes the actors' original, fictional context. In this instance, in addition to being a composer, the artist becomes the conductor of a multilayered auditory and visual sculpture, thus offering a unique blend of experiences of recorded time.

Constructing a coherent narrative (with music as a theme or purpose) out of found objects, images, or sounds is at the core of Marclay's creative process. From reassembled LP fragments to juxtaposed record covers, from remixes to montages, the artist engages the materials to produce new forms and thus new meanings. While he may appropriate fragments of other artists' work to create his own, Marclay tends to consider this process a form of collaboration.

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Video Quartet
Artist name
Christian Marclay
Date created
2002
Classification
video installation
Medium
four-channel video projection, color, with sound, 13 min.
Dimensions
dimensions variable
Date acquired
2002
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of the artist and the Paula Cooper Gallery; commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg with the generous support of the James Family Foundation
Copyright
© Christian Marclay
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/2002.116.A-D
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

Please note that artwork locations are subject to change, and not all works are on view at all times. If you are planning a visit to SFMOMA to see a specific work of art, we suggest you contact us at collections@sfmoma.org to confirm it will be on view.

Only a portion of SFMOMA's collection is currently online, and the information presented here is subject to revision. Please contact us at collections@sfmoma.org to verify collection holdings and artwork information.

This resource is for educational use and its contents may not be reproduced without permission. Please review our Terms of Use for more information.