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Passing Time

Is it possible for something to dominate our lives so completely and yet in such a surreptitious way? What I’m trying to say is, that if you’re anything like me you are always aware of time but always in a back-of-your-mind kind of way. You try to get everything done at work in time, or you find it’s Sunday evening already and still have a load of weekend tasks to finish, you watch another car jump a red light because they’re in a hurry and think “Would waiting really be so terrible?” We hear clocks bong, catch time checks on the radio, see a glimpse of the time when we look at our phones, computers and ipods. It’s everywhere and nowhere.

All familiar, yes? So is there anything new to be said about how we’re all slaves to time? New York artist Christian Marclay thinks there is. His new artwork is being showcased at the New Art Exchange as part of a packed line up of events this weekend. Marclay’s new work, The Clock, features thousands of found film fragments of clocks, watches, and characters reacting to a particular time of day. These are edited together to create a 24 hour-long, single-channel video that is synchronised with local time. As each new clip appears a new narrative is suggested, only to be swiftly overtaken by another. Watching, we inhabit two worlds; that of fiction and that of fact, as real-time seconds fly by. The clips are structured so that the resulting artwork always conveys the correct time. The scenes with clocks or chimes are often transitional ones suggesting the passage of time or suspenseful ones building up to dramatic action.

You can watch The Clock at the New Art Exchange from 10am this Friday, 10th December until 10am Saturday 11th December.

The New Art Exchange are supplementing this with a whole host of other events (some of which we’ll also in the links round up on Friday) including A Journey Through Time and Music. Running concurrently with The Clock, A Journey will have 24 types of music played over a 24-hour period. Yes, you guessed it, each hour is a different genre. This event will cover a vast range of African, South Asian and African Caribbean music that has influenced urban music today. Featuring artists as diverse as Toots and the Maytals, Robert Johnson, Ella Fitzgerald, Nitin Sawhney, Tilok Gurtu and Fela Kuti among many others, you can catch the best of 20th century world music while popping in and out of The Clock.

It’s so tempting to make some kind of pun about making time to attend this event but that’s just dreadful isn’t it? So I won’t. But if you do go, perhaps tweet us @creativenotts or tweet the New Art Exchange @newartexchange so we can see how it’s going in real time…

More details of all the events at New Art Echange can be found at their website.