The Christian Marclay Replay show at the Cite de La Musique is a series of 9 superb videos that totally stimulate and engage the viewer.
Christian Marclay was one of the early punk rock musicians in the late 70's and in the 80's became a video artist. Using sound, musical instruments, vinyl records and music film clips in his work, his fascination for music and musical objects is projected into his videos in a unique abstract way
Walking through the maze of pitch black rooms with only video monitors and large screens, one experiences a world of music, sound and images in a way that hasn't been seen before.
Crossfire, a video in one room on four surrounding walls, shows classic shootout scenes from â€œPulp Fiction,â€ â€œScarfaceâ€, â€œThe Terminatorâ€, and â€œBullet in the Headâ€. I purposely walked slowly around the perimeter of the room to capture the full force of the sound experience and it was a symphony of gunfire that made it's own special music and rhythm. Who ever thought a barrage of gunfire would be music to one's ear.
The centerpiece of the show was the 14-minute â€œVideo Quartetâ€. This relentlessly entertaining video showed mostly musical instrument clips from hundreds of movies on 4 screens simultaneously. It reminded me how powerful the effect of music in the movies could be as I was moved, frightened, amused, saddened, and dazzled by this brilliant tour de force. I viewed it twice and still couldn't keep up with all the magical moments.
Two other more abstract videos, Record Players and Fast Music, showed the clever and funny ways of using vinyl records besides playing them on a turntable.
Christian Marclay Replay
Musee de La Musique
At Cite de la Musique
Tuesday-Saturday 12PM-6PM, Sunday 10AM â€“6PM
221 avenue Jean JaurÃ¨s 75019
Metro: Porte de Pantin, line 5
Till June 24th