grew up in 1950’s America, a place that has been a continual source of inspiration in his work as an artist. Trained as an architect, he was a founding partner of Ant Farm in 1968. With Ant Farm he produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the public sculpture, Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas, and the House of the Century, outside Houston. His work blends documentary and experimental practice and moves between video, photography and installation. He often collaborates with other artists. Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule], a collaboration with Curtis Schreier and Bruce Tomb, revisits Ant Farm’s 1970 Media Van and brings it into the 21st Century. The installation posits a “post-internal combustion vehicle’ as a space for networking around a “Media Huqquh” and in the process create digital time capsules. An abiding interest in the culture of transportation systems inspired The Executive Air Traveler (1980), a photo series, updated to Airspaces (2000-2011) and To & From LAX, a public video installation in 2010. Lord authored Automerica for EP Dutton in 1977 and the car as subject also drives Motorist, Movie Map, and The New Cars, 2012.
Chip Lord’s work has been exhibited and published widely and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Tate Modern, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the FRAC Centre, the Pompidou Centre, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Film and Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz, and lives in San Francisco.