Archive for the ‘mtv’ Tag

The Art of Marclay

Can I tempt you with unwanted sound and the ragtag bits that are left behind?

Christian Marclay mini documentary by gmooney on YouTube.

I’ve not seen or heard anything quite like Christian Marclay.

Before hip-hop started cutting-and-scratching-scratching-and-cutting, he was using the turntable as an instrument.

Gestures, by Christian Marclay by louis on Vimeo.

When the 90s broke out, he took on pop and sex with the Body Mixes series.

(Anyone still concerned that Dye Holloway Murray stole Sleeveface might want to take a long hard look at the image of Jacko below.)


Footstompin’ , by Christian Marclay by brennheit bakst on Flickr.

“I was just using what was there and reacting to culture and my environment. If you watch MTV it’s all about sex. It’s how they can keep people watching. You can’t be a successful pop star without being overtly sexual on screen.”

I don’t know how he’d feel about the Caramel Bunny. But they’ve both still got it.

AV performance? Multiscreen sound and image remixes?

As predictably as Dwain Chambers gets no redemption, Marclay did the business:

Video Quartet, by Christian Marclay by louis on Vimeo.

I’d love to know what this man’s got planned. You’ll get short odds that advertising will steal and sanitize it.

Sometime around 2019.

(Thanks to Zamir for the hot tip.)

External links:

Christian Marclay profile by White Cube.

Interview with the Journal of Contemporary Art.

mp3 interview/ performance at Some Assembly Required.

This Report Via Hologram

“We’re going to do something that’s never been done on television before.”

The words, last week, of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Before you ask yourself how that can be a real name – watch the clip below.

A real hologram?

Technically, no (a point well elucidated elsewhere). But let’s not get hung up on the technicality.

CNN liked the trick so much they kept turning it throughout election night. Later in the evening, witness Will I Am:

For a musician, he’s got awful timing. But wait a second… That’s because although his virtual body is in the real studio, the audio link still lags.

Hmmm… So what’s billed as hologram isn’t technically a hologram. The green screening is rough around the edges. And in spite of the spatial trick, the sound can’t keep up. All pretty comical.

Reminded me of Tchaikovsky’s ghost judging Music 2000 in Look Around You:

It’s understandable that TV wants to get less 2D, and I’d imagine that’s where all this comes from.

But in this context, a virtual 3D body is less credible than a real 2D image. It works for comedy, but not serious reportage. The perception that the hologram isn’t “real” is too overwhelming to see beyond it.

Conversely, in a strange twist of perception, a fake body with a real spatial existence can be more convincing. It can all be achieved in a glance.

As this work from OgilvyAction Amsterdam shows:


I wonder if anyone interviewed the man with the placard…