Top 21 Christian Marclay Quotes

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“With improvisation, I just do it. It might be a total failure but then you just throw the dice again.”

― Christian Marclay

“Unlike sitting at a computer screen, printing is very direct and hands-on.”

― Christian Marclay

“The process of editing is what I enjoy most – putting the pieces together and making sense out of them.”

― Christian Marclay

“You start with an idea but then so many things can happen.”

― Christian Marclay

“If you make something good and interesting and not ridiculing someone or being offensive, the creators of the original material will like it.”

― Christian Marclay

“These things I sample, or clip, are things that we share – music, films, sounds. It triggers a layer of participation from the audience as they recognize the material and remember it.”

― Christian Marclay

“If the music in a groove fits with what you’re playing, then play it; if not, then you can play it backwards. If that doesn’t work, you try it at a different speed. If it really doesn’t work you just break it. The whole ritual to put a record on a turntable just to listen to it, I don’t do that too often.”

― Christian Marclay

“Art is all in the details.”

― Christian Marclay

“It’s the way life is, I suppose. Whatever happens, you deal with it.”

― Christian Marclay

“Since I was a child I have always been cutting things out and gluing them together rather than drawing them.”

― Christian Marclay

“Every person’s remembering will be different. That engagement is important, I think.”

― Christian Marclay

“As an artist, you’re always somewhat obscure. We’re not talking Hollywood.”

― Christian Marclay

“I admire the abstract expressionists and pop artists so right now I’m referencing American ’60s art and at the same time referencing Japanese manga culture.”

― Christian Marclay

“I have never been much of a painter.”

― Christian Marclay

“I’ve never been a big cinephile, which may be why I could treat ‘The Clock’ like a puzzle and force the pieces to fit together in odd ways.”

― Christian Marclay

“When you take something apart, you get a great sense of what it took to originally put it together.”

― Christian Marclay

“We go to the movies to forget about time, to be in a dream state. And it’s entertainment, distraction, from the fact that everything is kind of crumbling in front of our eyes.”

― Christian Marclay

“It’s good to get away from the editing suite. It’s very unhealthy to be sitting in front of the screen for too long.”

― Christian Marclay

“’Record Without A Cover’ was about allowing the medium to come through, making a record that was not a document of a performance but a record that could change with time, and would be different from one copy to the next.”

― Christian Marclay

“People who care about records are always giving me a hard time. I mean, I would destroy records in performances, and break them, and whatever I could do to them to create a sound that was something else than just the sound that was in the groove.”

― Christian Marclay

“You can get so many sounds out of one record. Every record can be used in some way.”

― Christian Marclay
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