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Paul Clipson

Paul Clipson

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.


Artist's Works

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.

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.

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.