Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker and experimental film artist whose work involves projected installation and live collaborative performances with sound artists and musicians. His largely improvised, in-camera-edited films bring to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. His works have been exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally at such festivals as the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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Filmmaker Paul Clipson describes his artistic process and his experience as an Exploratorium Artist in Residence.
Sam Green is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who received his master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied documentary with acclaimed filmmaker Marlon Riggs. His most recent projects are the "live" documentaries Utopia in Four Movements (2010) and The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, which premiered May 1, 2012, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival. Both works were performed live, with Green narrating and musicians performing the soundtrack. Green's 2004 feature-length film, the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground, tells the story of a group of radical young women and men who tried to violently overthrow the United States government during the late 1960s and '70s. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has screened widely around the world. Green currently teaches at the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute and has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, the Bellagio Study and Conference Center, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.
Doug Hollis (b. 1948) is an American artist who works with wind- and water-activated sound sculptures, often in site-specific situations. He received his BFA from the University of Michigan and has since created numerous permanent and temporary sound installations around the United States. Working as an artist-in-residence alongside the museum’s founder, the noted physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer, Hollis developed a fascination with sound sculpture and landscape that has persisted throughout his career. Hollis has created permanent works for the Port of Los Angeles, the New Denver Airport, and the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California. His temporary works include commissions for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Dave Cerf is a filmmaker, musician, sound artist, and software designer based in San Francisco. During his residency, Cerf is creating a unique and dynamic soundscape for the Exploratorium's new Forum, and also composing a new soundtrack for a specially selected work from our cinema arts collection.
Norman Tuck is kinetic sculptor based in San Francisco. A retrospective exhibition of his work, Art Machines, has traveled to seven museums within the United States and Europe.
Ed Tannenbaum's pioneering work in analog interactivity is on view at museums and science centers around the world, including the British Science Museum, Technorama (Switzerland), and Tempozan Gendaikon (Japan). The recipient of countless awards, Tannenbaum lives and works in Crockett, California.
Meara O'Reilly is a sound and visual artist living in Northern California, making instruments, songs, and performance installations based on the resonant frequencies of spaces, materials, and the human vocal tract. In partnership with the Exploratorium's Center for Art and Inquiry, O'Reilly has developed a blog called Illusion Songs, exploring auditory illusions.
Film and video maker Michael Rudnick has presented more than 100 works at various venues including the San Francisco Cinematheque, SFMoMA, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Cannes Film Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. His solo exhibitions have been featured at the Netherlands Film Museum, California Museum of Visual Art in Sonoma, and at Questa College in San Luis Obispo. Rudnick has received more than 20 grants and awards including the Phelan Award, the SECA Award, and multiple awards from film festivals, which includes three times at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He has been in residencies at the Exploratorium and at the Tryon Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also designed and given workshops at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, at UCLA, Cal State University at Humboldt, and Utrecht School of Art, Netherlands. He was co-founder of No Nothing Cinema, and received his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1973 and 1975, respectively.
As a Cinema Artist in Residence, Rudnick has created a series of high- and low-tide studies along the shore, multiple time-lapse videos from the roof of Pier 15, and a longer-form meditation on time and tide along the Embarcadero—all currently on view in the Bay Observatory Gallery.
Amy Balkin is a San Francisco-based artist whose work focuses on how humans create, interact with, and impact the social and material landscapes they inhabit. Her projects include This is the Public Domain, an ongoing effort to create a permanent international commons from 2.64 acres of land located near Tehachapi, CA, via legal transfer to the global public. Other projects include Invisible-5 (2006), an environmental justice audio tour along the I-5 freeway corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Publications include LAND, ART: A Cultural Ecology Handbook (2006), Metropolis Magazine (2006), Mute Magazine (2007), and La Ville, Le Jardin, La Memoire (2000). She received an MFA in New Genres from Stanford University in 2003, and is a 2007 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Recent exhibitions include Carbon 13 at the Ballroom Marfa, Required Reading at The Center for Book Arts, and Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Balkin was a featured artist at dOCUMENTA (13), presenting documentation from her ongoing project Public Smog.
Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, their radically inclusive live shows, and their playfully humanistic use of digital tools. The name Lucky Dragons is borrowed from a fishing vessel that was caught in the fallout from H-bomb tests in the mid-1950s, an incident which sparked international outcry and gave birth to the worldwide anti-nuclear movement. Fischbeck and Rara have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London's Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen and PS1 in New York, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.
Harrell Fletcher received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from California College of the Arts. He studied organic farming at UCSC and went on to work on a variety of small Community Supported Agriculture farms, which impacted his work as an artist. Fletcher has produced a variety of socially engaged collaborative and interdisciplinary projects since the early 1990s. His work has been shown at SFMOMA, the de Young Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Wattis Institute, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a multitude of other national and international institutions. He was a participant in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Fletcher has work in the collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum, The New Museum, SFMOMA, The Berkeley Art Museum, the de Young Museum, and the FRAC in Brittany, France. In 2002, Fletcher started Learning To Love You More (LTLYM), a participatory website with Miranda July. A book version of LTLYM was published in 2007 by Prestel. Fletcher is the 2005 recipient of the Alpert Award in Visual Arts and is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
For more than 15 years, Fletcher has been at the forefront of an art field called "social practice," a medium that tends to engage audiences directly through the creation of intangible, collaborative experiences. Talented social practice artists are skillful at designing the conditions for elegant situations to unfold amongst groups of people.
This short documentary chronicles the people, places, things, and ideas at the core of The Windows, a four-day trek from the back deck of the Exploratorium to the top of Mount Diablo.
Osher Fellow • June–September 2007
The late Bob Miller was the first artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium and helped Frank Oppenheimer build a vision for integrating art and science in a public space. He was a full-time artist and staff member from 1970 to 1988 and served as Associate Director for 10 years. Bob was the creator of many iconic exhibits at the Exploratorium including Sun Painting, and created Image Walks, an outdoors interactive lecture/demonstration about light and vision. Bob helped us prepare for the pier relocation, worked on our digital archives, and met with exhibit developers, artists, teachers, and program staff to inspire and help identify new projects. He also provided invaluable insight into Frank Oppenheimer’s vision for the continued development of the Exploratorium.