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Christian Marclay: Shuffle [Cards]

by Christian Marclay
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Book Description

June 1, 2007 1597110388 978-1597110389
Christian Marclay is known for using a range of media--video, sculpture, installation and performance--in his artwork to address the ways that music and sound impact our experience of the world. While he frequently uses photograms and found images in his work, most people don't realize the extent to which photography has become a tool of choice for this subtle but influential artist. For this project, a limited-edition boxed card set, Shuffle, Marclay photographed the appearance of musical notation in his everyday wanderings--finding examples on shop awnings, chocolate tins, T-shirts, underwear and other unexpected places. This body of work reveals Marclay to be an obsessive photographic note-taker with a flair for uncovering musical "clues" hidden in the landscape and adorning our world--musical notes just waiting to be called into action. Each of the 75 images collected here is presented on an oversized playing card, and the entire deck is enclosed in a distinctive package. Part Fluxus box, part John Cage-ian "chance operation" or Eames House of Cards, this highly collectible edition offers a compelling, serendipity-driven visual experience, as well as the components for a spontaneous musical score: a player need only shuffle the deck and let the cards fall where they may in order to produce a unique, experimental sequence. With text and instructions by Marclay.

Editorial Reviews


"Though its title refers to your average set of cards, Shuffle is filled with photographic images taken from everyday life and decorated with a series of musical notes. Like John Cage's chance compositions, Marclay's set of 75 cards will entertain its owner with any number of musical revelations." -- Laura Allsop & Ruth Lewy --ArtReview

"...Shuffle preserves a feeling of immediacy, of Marclay stumbling upon these fragments of music lurking everywhere in the world." -- Martha Schwendener --BookForum

"The sole rule of the game: Shuffle the deck and draw cards to create your own improv musical score. The best part? With an endless number of combinations and sequences, no two ditties will be alike." --WWD Scoop

"Marclay's new photography book, 'Shuffle,' packaged as an oversize deck of cards, is an invitation to play along with his view of aural and visual potentialities. Literally." -- Lynne Heffly --Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Christian Marclay was born in 1955 in San Rafael, California and was raised in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied at the Ecole Superieure d'Art Visuel prior to attending the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. He has lived in New York since 1980. His work has been shown and performed at museums all over the world, including the Hirshhorn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Saint Louis Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Since 1979 he has, in addition to his visual arts practice, performed and recorded musical pieces by mixing altered records on multiple turntables. As a musician he has collaborated with many other performers including Butch Morris, John Zorn and Sonic Youth.

Product Details

  • Cards: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597110388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597110389
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantasy-based Amazon Seller Bamboozle June 30, 2013
By Ricky
Great example of yet another false market value as one, very confused Amazon seller sets a price at an absolutely ridiculous amount ($299) for their "Shuffle" card set, and subsequently the other sellers blindly use that price as a base for their own sales price, with approximately zero research going into the thought. Offered for sale here is a fairly common Aperture publication, readily available on that famous auction site right now for less than $75 sealed as new. So, therefore, if one wishes to patronize, one must pay 6 times (or more) the fair market value of the piece. Caveat Emptor, friends.

Anyway, it's a lovely set of photographs on card stock of music staff and notation-based public design applications in many contexts.
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