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Chip Lord | Film+Digital Media / Social Documentary at UC Santa Cruz

Chip Lord

Professor Emeritus, Film & Digital Media
Film and video directing and editing, video theory and history, video installation, screenwriting, documentary production.
Education and Training: 
M.Arch., Tulane University
B.A., Tulane University
Research Interests: 

Chip Lord is a media artist who works with video and digital photography. As a member of the alternative architecture and art collective, Ant Farm (1968-1978), he produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the Cadillac Ranch roadside sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. The Berkeley Art Museum organized a retrospective exhibit of Ant Farm in 2003 and the show toured to the Santa Monica Museum; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany; Yale University Architecture Gallery; and the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati.

Since 1978 Lord has worked independently and in collaboration producing video installations and single channel video works. His creative practice straddles documentary and experimental genres often mixing the two, and his works have been shown at numerous film and video festivals including the Tokyo Video Festival, The London Film Festival; the Berlin Film Festival; The World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam; and The Dallas Video Festival, to name a few. Additionally his films have shown in Museums including the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum; LACMA, Los Angeles; The La Jolla Museum of Art; The Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Lord’s interest in architecture and urban public space has led to the production of a series of works in video that document and explore issues that engae with urban geography and planning. The latest piece in this series, El Centro del Mundo, is an interactive dvd installation.

Selected Publications: 

Movie Map, 2003, 9:30 (also a video installation).

El Zócalo, 2000, 28:00.

Awakening from the 20th Century, 1999, 35:00 video essay.

Mapping a City of Fragments v.2, 1997, 9:30.

The Aroma of Enchantment, 1992, 55:00, video essay.

Motorist, 1989, 70:00, feature length narrative.

Ant Farm Video, dvd compilation, 2003.

Teaching Interests: 

Film and video directing, video theory and history, video installation, screenwriting, documentary and experimental production