Christian Marclay’s monumental video collage Doors, 2022, is on view at Art Basel as part of this year’s presentation for Basel Unlimited. For ten years, Marclay collected film clips in which a door opens or closes. He edited these sequences so that we see the actors walking through the door to enter another space. This passage marks the editing point, thus the transition from one film to another and from one soundscape to another. Both audio and visual, the resulting virtuoso montage suggests a labyrinthine wandering, a space in which the characters get lost and find themselves again, echoing the movements of the visitors in the exhibition. “The door is of course very symbolic, but I see it more as sculptural,” says the artist. “My video is a sort of mental architecture that the viewer might or might not follow and get lost in.”
Presented in collaboration with Paula Cooper Gallery (New York) and White Cube (London).