Saturday, January 12, 2008

Exhibition: Replay Christian Marclay


This is a treat - the latest exhibition at ACMI in Federation Square. I went today and it's all excellent, but my favourite part was the Video Quartet film - a brilliant melding of audio/visual snippets where there is some sort of noise, and it can be anything from tap dancing, slamming doors, playing music, singing, screaming, gunshots etc... Four different images play across 4 screens at once and has been put together so skillfully that it forms this incredible piece of sound art.

It's 14 minutes long (feels like much less) and I had to watch it twice to get a handle on the brilliance of the piece. It's also fun playing spot the film/tv show/concert - I noticed Psycho, Barbarella, A Passage for Trumpet (Twilight Zone episode), West Side Story and others I've forgotten, there's also the Marx Bros, Meryl Streep, Jimi Hendrix, Sammy Davis Jr., Ella Fitzgerald and loads of hard to define images.

You can see some of it on You Tube but if you can, do go to the exhibition (Federation Sq, Melbourne).

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