Time is on WAG’s side with screen­ing of The Clock

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE prospect of clock-watch­ing has never been so tan­ta­liz­ing.

For movie lovers and art lovers both, the event of this year’s art sea­son may be Chris­tian Mar­clay’s The Clock, a 24-hour film that un­folds in real time, con­sist­ing of some 10,000 clips culled from the en­tire his­tory of cin­ema and tele­vi­sion that make ref­er­ence to a par­tic­u­lar time of day. The film it­self thus acts as a clock, mark­ing each minute of pass­ing time synced to a time-spe­cific film clip.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery ac­quired the work, win­ner of the Golden Lion award at the 2011 Venice Bi­en­nale, as part of the WAG’s three-year part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Gallery of Canada.

The WAG will screen the film for its en­tire 24-hour run­ning time in one of its des­ig­nated gal­leries be­gin­ning 6 p.m. on Nov, 1, be­gin­ning 9 a.m. on Nov. 22 and be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31. Ap­prox­i­mately 50 seats will be set up for visi­tors.

Oth­er­wise, it will par­tially screen dur­ing reg­u­lar gallery hours.

“I saw The Clock in Los An­ge­les in 2011 and then in Ottawa in 2012 — and it blew me away,” says WAG di­rec­tor Stephen Bo­rys. “The first time, I had planned to watch it for 20 min­utes and ended up stay­ing for two hours.

“Visi­tors should be pre­pared to stay long and re­turn a few times to re­ally take in this cin­e­matic master­piece.”

Ad­mit­tance to The Clock ex­hibit comes with reg­u­lar gallery ad­mis­sion.

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