For the past three years MoMA has been showcasing the ways in which music and art connect and collide in New York City in a series called "Looking at Music." The first two installments focused on the Sixties and Seventies and the current installment (3.0) takes us to the present. The exhibition launches with Kraftwerk's 1977 “Trans- Europe Express” and then roars through the Eighties (Spike Lee’s video for Public Enemy's “Fight the Power”) and Nineties (The Residents CD ROM!) and comes to rest in the early oughts (audio visual awesomeness from Le Tigre).
Curator Barbara London told me she's received a good part of her education from going to clubs and taking with artists who have a foot in both the music and art worlds. One of the artists featured in 3.0 is Christian Marclay who has a number of pieces in the show including a few of his jeweler hacked LPs. Marclay's "The Clock" was all the rage this past winter and 3.0 offers a glimpse of Marclay's early remixing experiments. London says she is more interested in Remixing as a language than as a copyright problem and that the conversation might require another installment, Hello 4.0! Here is an excerpt from our conversation:
The show runs through June. On the MoMA website you can find a full schedule, there is a film series that runs with the exhibit. And if can't make it to the museum here is a video about Marclay's early work.