Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Christian Marclay | Untitled (Music Box)

Christian Marclay
Untitled (Music Box)
Santa Monica, USA: Peter Norton Family Foundation, 2005
13 x 9.5 x 7 cm.
Edition size unknown

A hinged-lid pine wood music box accompanied by a card that reads: "Each year, Peter Norton commissions a work of art to celebrate the holiday season. This year's edition is by Christian Marclay... For this project, Marclay has composed 'Tinsel' - a seamless melodic loop without beginning or end that incorporates the gradual slowing of the unwinding mechanism - To play with our expectations of the music box..."

Two anagrams of the word Tinsel adorn the box: SILENT on the exterior and LISTEN on the interior (a possible nod to Ken Friedman's Fluxus box Open and Shut Case).

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