The Exploratorium has commissioned filmmaker Paul Clipson to create an abstract film study of the area surrounding our new downtown waterfront site. The film showcases Clipson's extraordinary treatment of the complex natural and cultural systems in the urban landscape, from the ephemeral rhythms of light and water to the rigid order of crosswalks and skyscrapers.
The work will premiere in the fall as part of Cinema Arts' Off the Screen program. Check back for details.
Night Signal is a video work that overlays three projections to create a hypnotic and ever-changing composition. Through its perceptual demands, Night Signal recalls the experimental tradition of flicker films, and reveals the powerful allure of an experience as commonplace as switching a light on and off each day.
In this series of short works, local Super-8 filmmaker and Exploratorium Cinema Artist-in-Residence Paul Clipson gets up close and personal with a dynamic cast of dragonflies, spiders, ants, butterflies, and slugs. These lyrical and concentrated studies—filmed in the Golden Gate Park Botanical Gardens, at the California Academy of Sciences and in other parts of San Francisco—reveal the world as more complicated, ugly, and beautiful than we ever imagined.