No Salesman Will Call

Photo: Keri Pickett

Photo: Keri Pickett


On October 19–22, 1989, composer and visual artist Christian Marclay collaborated with visual and multimedia artist Perry Hoberman for the premiere of No Salesman Will Call, a self-proclaimed “sound/image/crisis/performance” commissioned by The Kitchen. 


For No Salesman Will Call, Marclay and Hoberman assembled a complex arrangement of sound and image using multiple screens, a variety of projection devices, controllers, turntables, hundreds of phonograph records, mirrors, relays, speakers, videos and slides. Operating all of these components in real time within a structured improvisation, the artists turned the entire stage into an “instrument that they played.”


The performance used artifacts of pop-culture including advertisements, B-movies, pop songs and instructional records. The artists then broke down these artifacts and reorganized, remixed, and layered them into a ceaseless flow of momentarily glimpsed micro-worlds.

Supplemental Information

Backstage Review [PDF]
New York Times Review [PDF]
Program [PDF]
Press Release [PDF]

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