A recycling of all sorts of artworks and everyday objects relating to music and sound is the defining feature of Christian Marclay's activities in the music and art scenes in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. By using the techniques of cutting, collage, and juxtaposition, he formulates a highly personal commentary on the accelerating throwaway mentality, not least, the faster and faster "consumption" of today's artworks. This includes a position on the status of original artwork which is simultaneously anarchistic and respectful. He produces highly original mutations and situates the well known in a new, surprising and humorous light.
It is a great pleasure for the museum to present a solo exhibition by Christian Marclay, featuring his video works, as well as a selection of photographs. Among the videos exhibited is the acclaimed "Telephones" (1995) which was recently included in Harald Szeeman's 1999 Venice Biennial. "Telephones" is a cinematic collage featuring a succession of edited film clips from classic Hollywood movies - a collage which focuses attention on the telephone conversation as a ritual of everyday life; a ritual that is shaped here into a new and original drama.
The exhibition also includes a series of photographs which are exhibited for the first time, photos Marclay himself describes as "snapshots" or "sketches". During the last ten years he has captured heterogeneous images as encountered while walking on the streets of many cities.