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Admission is free all day Thursday!

The Nasher Museum presents Christian Marclay: Surround Sounds, a large-scale, synchronized silent video installation that consists of animated onomatopoeias projected onto four walls of a darkened room. Marclay drew from a collection of comic books, cutting out sound effects and animating them in a choreography that suggests the acoustic properties of each word. “Whizz” and “zoom” speed across the walls; “beep” blinks persistently, while “thump” falls rhythmically onto the floor. Although silent, the work plays like a musical composition, merging the aural with the visual and providing an immersive perceptual experience.

A symphonic maelstrom of illustrated words, the silent Surround Sounds speaks only through our recollection of noise. The viewer hears with their eyes, building an imagined auditory narrative that is both collective and personal. In keeping with Marclay’s persistent interest in sampling, the appropriated graphics rely on a shared aesthetic: familiar bright colors and bold, expressive font suggest the action of a superhero’s storyline. Yet, conversely, the silent intimate dark room insists on an individual and private internal narrative.

Surround Sounds is on loan from Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, New York.

ATTENTION: This video installation contains strobe-like repetition that may cause disorientation for some visitors.

Event Details

Thursday, March 28, 2019
10 AM–9 PM
Christian Marclay
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States