Friday, September 24, 2010
Christian Marclay: Festival
In Festival at the Whitney, Christian Marclay joins image and sound to create video collage, collaborative performance, and installations. He also created music inspired collections and collages.
Most notable in this exhibition is his use of video and graffiti to prompt world renowned musicians to create new musical performances. During the exhibition, these musicians perform from musical scores collected from a giant chalkboard wall in the exhibition where the public can write, draw, or scribble on the blank musical staff lines. The resulting mini chamber-like performances are very random with a few musicians who astonishingly interpret this wall that includes a “score” of everything from musical notes to children’s scribbles. Somehow, these performers find a way to make something unique and sincere out of what would look like not much of a musical score.
A little less sincere are Marclay’s turn-table scratchings titled, “Selection of recordings: Marclay playing turn-tables”. These recordings are installed in a back room that is carpet lined, window lit, and comfortably arranged with couches. Looks inviting, sounds awful. Marclay’s rubbings on the turn-table are gritty, random, and annoying, turning away visitors before they could have time to consider the piece..the room was completely empty.
The collections of various objets with musical notes printed on them are quit charming. I felt like a quirky friend was showing me his neat collection of musical clothing, bells, tin boxes and such. Although, I would encourage this friend to stick to collecting world renowned musicians.
Posted by Liz Duffy at 8:33 AM