The Long Goodbye to the Automobile
Chip Lord was trained as an architect and was a founding member of Ant Farm—the radical Bay Area architectural collective that produced Cadillac Ranch and the classic video worksMedia Burn and The Eternal Frame. He has produced a series of films and photographs about city spaces in Tokyo, Mexico City, Paris, San Francisco, and New York. The latest work in this series, Venice Underwater, simultaneously refers to the acqua alta (or partial flooding,) which Venice experiences periodically, and the looming global catastrophe of rising sea levels. In 2008, SFMOMA commissioned Lord, with Curtis Schreier and Bruce Tomb, to revisit an Ant Farm project; the resulting installation, Ant Farm Media Van v.08 (Time Capsule), invited visitors to contribute to a digital time capsule housed in a post-internal-combustion vintage van va their smart phones. Lord’s work is in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; and Berkeley Art Museum; among others.
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