the clock is a 24-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicting the passage of time. marclay has excerpted each of these moments from their original contexts and edited them together to create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is viewed—marking the exact time in real time for the viewer for 24 consecutive hours. the sampled clips come from films of all genres, time periods, and cultures, some lasting only seconds, others minutes, and have been culled from hundreds of films, famous and obscure, into a seamless whole. the result, a melding of video and reality, unfolds with a seemingly endless cast of cameos.
in order to respect the concept of christian marclay's work, spectators are kindly requested to play this video a 0.04 pm, local time. if time is passed, please wait for tomorrow or another day same time. thank you.