Well it appears that my ambitions were just a little too small to start. Initially when moving everything over here (in case you didn’t know, these are the one, two, three, four other blogs that I combined to make this here one) my plan was to have about 10 to 15 minutes of new video everyday of the week.
But then I realized that video reviews of art exhibits might prove a tad difficult, and so I decided to also incorporate long (like 3,000+ words long) reviews. But then I realized that I missed commenting on various related things on the internet, like what I’m about to do. So, currently it appears like I will be writing about art, making videos about stuff, and commenting about things – if there is any change in the future I’ll let you know.
But in the meantime, back in May, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston bought themselves one of the more riveting videos I’ve ever seen (OK, I haven’t seen it, but I can imagine). Called The Clock (2010) and made by your favorite (and mine) Christian Marclay. As far as I can tell it’s a video of a bunch of clocks showing the time.
What makes everyone go “ooooohhhh!” and use words like “a mesmerizing work of video art that captures the dynamic nature of time…” is that if you press start at exactly noon (or midnight) you can tell time with it, because it lasts 24 hours.
Anyhows, first it’s going to Boston and they are doing some sort of big shindig there during La Rentrée. But in scanning the press folderol, it occurred to me that since there are Nuit Blanches in both Toronto and Montreal (and it seems even in Vancouver) that Mr. Mayer could get some good press for his (and our) museum if he loaned The Clock (2010) to places like the MOCCA and MACM and whatever place shows contemporary art in Vancouver during their respective Nuit Blanches – after all it’s only a hard drive hooked up to a large screen, right? – and shared this mesmerizing and riveting contemporary masterpiece with the citizens of the country on a night that they all try to stay up for 24 hours.