YOU USED TO CALL ME...

 

You used to call me on your….art installation?

Christian Marclay’s Boneyard, from 1990, packs a powerful visual punch – the pile of discarded, overturned, bone-white phones stretches before the viewer, limitless, infinite. Yet the pile of phones (750, to be exact) suggests an equally powerful wave of sound. The viewer can imagine the sound of 750 phones ringing together, deafeningly, before eventually falling silent. Indeed, Marclay’s work often explores the difference between sound and sight, noise and vision – what is the space between the two? What does that space sound like? What does it look like?

 

As one critic noted, “Boneyard reconfirms Marclay’s vision of the phone as a repository of all the voices once travelling through, and now buried within.” Silent.  

Kelsey Leonard