Paul Clipson for LPP TV

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Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His work has 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. His Super 8 and 16mm films aim to bring to light subconscious visual preoccupations that reveal themselves while working in a stream of consciousness manner, combining densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments, in a process that encourages unplanned-for results, responding to and conversing with the temporal qualities of musical composition and live performance.

OTHER STATES (2013) Paul Clipson
Sound by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Super 8mm film, 7 minutes, color

Featuring Anya Kamenskaya, Trevor Montgomery, Summer McCorkle, Ariel Nevarez, Caitlin Vavasour, Houston Wilson, and Kim Hett

Filmed in New York, San Francisco and Berkeley

The greater the share of the shock factor in particular impressions, the more constantly consciousness has to be alert as a screen against stimuli….”For a living organism, protection against stimuli is an almost more important function than the reception of stimuli; the protective shield is equipped with its own store of energy and must above all arrive to preserve the special forms of conversion of energy operating in it against the effects of the excessive energies at work in the external world, effects which tend towards an equalization of potential and hence towards destruction.” The threat from these energies is one of shocks. – Walter Benjamin (On Some Motifs in Baudelaire)

Everyone knows that, if an art necessarily imposed the shock or the vibration, the world would have changed long ago…There is shock of images between themselves according to their dominant characteristic, or shock in the image itself depending on its components, and, again, shock of images depending on all their components; the shock is the very the form of communication of movement in images. – Gilles Deleuze (Cinema 2: The Time-Image)

An oblong puddle inset in the coarse light: light a fancy footprint filled to the brim with quicksilver, like a spatulate hole through which you can see the nether sky. Surrounded I note, by a diffuse tentacled black dampness where some dull dun dead leaves have stuck….It lies in shadow but contains a sample of the brightness beyond…. – Vladimir Nabokov (Bend Sinister)

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