A Talk with Chip Lord
Lecture | February 14 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Chip Lord, Professor Emeritus, Film & Digital Media Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
Chip Lord is a pioneering video artist and founding member of the Bay Area media collective Ant Farm.
Chip Lord grew up in 1950s America, a place that has been a continual source of inspiration in his work as an artist. Trained as an architect, he was a founding partner of Ant Farm, with whom he produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the public sculpture, Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas, and the House of the Century, outside Houston, Texas.
His work blends documentary and experimental practice and moves between video, photography and installation. He often collaborates with other artists. Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule] a collaboration with Curtis Schreier and Bruce Tomb, revisits Ant Farms 1970 Media Van and brings it into the 21st Century. The installation posits a post-internal combustion vehicle as a space for networking around a Media Huqquh and in the process creates a digital time capsule. It was shown at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, 2016 (catalog available). An abiding interest in the culture of transportation systems inspired The Executive Air Traveler, 1980, a photo series, Airspaces, 2000 2011 and To & From LAX, a public video installation in 2010. Lord authored Automerica for E.P. Dutton in 1977 and the car as subject also "drives" MOTORIST, Easy Living, and The New Cars, 2012.
Chip Lords work has been exhibited and published widely and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the FRAC Centre, the Pompidou Centre, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Film & Digital Media, U.C. Santa Cruz, and lives in San Francisco.