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Light Year by Paul Clipson

Silhouette of a suspension bridge against a dramatic orange and red sunset sky, reflecting in the calm water below.
Light Year by Paul Clipson

In light of summer and the Exploratorium's waterfront location, Clipson's abstract study of the area surrounding the San Francisco Bay showcases the Embarcadero as a complex natural and cultural system, from the ephemeral rhythms of light and water to the rigid order of crosswalks and skyscrapers. The colors of the cityscape are reflected and replicated in each environment over time, from warm sunlight during the day to the cool electric lights of the night.

Commissioned by the Exploratorium, Paul Clipson's Artist-in-Residence project focused on filming the landscape surrounding Pier 15. This film-poem invites visitors to engage in deep observation and to further explore the world that surrounds them at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and culture.

(2013, 10 min., 16mm)

Paul Clipson: Exploratorium Artist-in-Residence 

This short portrait of experimental filmmaker Clipson reveals his ways of thinking and mode of working which involved improvised, in-camera-edited films, bringing to light subconscious preoccupations and unexpected visual forms. He muses on the intrinsic nature of cinema, the essence of his residency, and ways to notice transitional landscapes.

(2013, 4.5 min.)

The Cinema Arts film collection is made possible by the Louis Goldblatt Memorial Fund.