press release

The Sounds of Christmas is an annual project by Christian Marclay, pioneer of the experimental turntable movement and leading artist operating at the intersections of art and music. Reinventing this work-in-progress for London, the artist will present his collection of over 1,200 Christmas records as a publicly accessible archive in a special Thameside pavilion, alongside projections of the record covers and footage of previous performances (exhibition open 10-22 December during gallery hours). Combining blatant sentimentality with vanguard experimentation, Marclay suggests that the categories distinguishing ‘serious’ music from its opposite are both arbitrary and arcane.

During the two-week installation, co-produced with Electra, noted DJs will create live remixes of their own selection from Marclay's Christmas records. These recorded performances will create a soundtrack for the space.

Christian Marclay
The Sounds of Christmas