Off the Screen: Chip Lord City Films

Thursday, January 16, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15

Free with museum admission. A general admission ticket does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. There is limited capacity for this program; seats are available on a first-come, first served-basis.

All Ages

Note: With filmmaker Chip Lord in person.

Since 1992, video artist and photographer Chip Lord has revisited a series examining city spaces. Straddling the line between documentary and experimental filmmaking, Lord’s films take a unique approach to exploring what defines a city and the factors influencing its constant transmutations.

This program features the premiere of his latest work, Venice Underwater (2013), as well as Une Ville de l'Avenir (2011), set in Paris’ hyper-modern business district, and In Transit (2011), a video portrait about the spaces of air travel.

Total program run time: 71 minutes.

A resident of San Francisco and Professor Emeritus in the Film and Digital Media department at U.C. Santa Cruz, Chip Lord is a founding member of Ant Farm, a seminal Bay Area avant-garde collective active from 1968 to 1978.

Venice Underwater (2013, 24 min.) refers to two types of Venetian “qua Alta”: the aquatic flooding Venice periodically experiences, and its flood of tourists, which seems to grow in size every year.

Une Ville de l'Avenir (2011, 12 min.) uses the lens of Alphaville (1965, Godard) to look at the City of the Future that we inhabit today. The modernism of Paris’ business district, La Défense, is the setting for a chilling revisiting. A bare bones narrative (Alphaville as an airplane movie) provides the second act for this underground experimental short.

In Transit (2011, 22 min., video) is an observed video portrait of the spaces of air travel. It moves from San Francisco to Shanghai, from Beijing to London, and from Frankfurt to Mexico City to Los Angeles. The population of the people in the air at any given moment is equal to the population of a large city.