Christian Marclay: Surround Sounds Exhibition Nasher Museum of Art
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Christian Marclay: Surround Sounds Exhibition Nasher Museum of Art
Christian Marclay: Surround Sounds Exhibition +358 fire icon
Free  .  Thu, March 28th – Tue, September 3rd

Christian Marclay: Surround Sounds Exhibition +358 fire icon

Free  .  Thu, March 28th – Tue, September 3rd
Endorsed by Tess Howard

Christian Marclay's "Surround Sounds" is a large-scale, synchronized silent video installation that consists of animated onomatopoeias projected onto four walls of a darkened room.

"Admission is free all day Thursdays!

The Nasher Museum presents "Christian Marclay: Surround Sounds," a large-scale, synchronized silent video installation that consists of animated onomatopoeias projected onto four walls of a darkened room. Marclay drew from a collection of comic books, cutting out sound effects and animating them in a choreography that suggests the acoustic properties of each word. "Whizz" and "zoom" speed across the walls; "beep" blinks persistently, while "thump" falls rhythmically onto the floor. Although silent, the work plays like a musical composition, merging the aural with the visual and providing an immersive perceptual experience.

A symphonic maelstrom of illustrated words, the silent "Surround Sounds" speaks only through our recollection of noise. The viewer hears with their eyes, building an imagined auditory narrative that is both collective and personal. In keeping with Marclay's persistent interest in sampling, the appropriated graphics rely on a shared aesthetic: familiar bright colors and bold, expressive font suggest the action of a superhero's storyline. Yet, conversely, the silent intimate dark room insists on an individual and private internal narrative."

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705
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Thursday, March 28th – Tuesday, September 3rd
10:00a - 9:00p

Sunday 10:00a - 9:00p
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Tuesday 10:00a - 9:00p
Wednesday 10:00a - 9:00p
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Saturday 10:00a - 9:00p
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