Christian Marclay (born in California, 1955, raised in Switzerland) is a New York-based visual artist and composer, whose innovative work explores the juxtaposition between sound recording, photography, video and film. He studied at the École Supérieure d'Art Visuel from 1977-1980 in Geneva, Switzerland. He also studied sculpture at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and was a visiting scholar at Cooper Union in New York in 1978.
As a performer and sound artist, Marclay has been experimenting, composing and performing with phonograph records and turntables since 1979 to create his unique 'theatre of found sound'. While attending the Massachusetts College of Art, Marclay developed his interest in performance art and punk rock.
Marclay has collaborated with musicians such as John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Shelley Hirsh, Christian Wolff, Butch Morris, Otomo Yoshihide, Arto Lindsay, and Sonic Youth among many others. A dadaist DJ and filmmaker, his installations and video/film collages display provocative musical and visual landscapes and have been included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art New York, Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou Paris, Kunsthaus Zurich, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the White Cube and Tate Modern.