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Record Players

© Christian Marclay. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Record Players

Artist: Christian Marclay (Born in San Rafael, CA, 1955)
Culture: American
Date: 1982
Medium: Video (color, sound)
Dimensions:
running time: 5:00 minutes
Edition: Unlimited edition
Classification: Video
Credit Line: Gift of Christian Marclay and Paula Cooper
Label Text:In his early performance work, Christian Marclay substitutes humans for turntables to play, and play with, an array of records. The group begins slowly, scratching and shaking the records, filling the room with a warbling noise. The tempo increases as they explore the modes of sound production, rubbing together records, grinding them and clapping them against one another. As the potentials unfold, the intensity escalates until the record players snap, smash, and crush their instruments in a broken sea of vinyl.

Object number: 2009.7.2