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Live at the Tate Modern - Christian Marclay's Sounds of Christmas
1. The Sounds of Christmas, Live at the Tate Modern, December 2004
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 presents 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.
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, noted DJs and artists created remixes of their own selection from Marclay's Christmas records.