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Chip Lord Videoworks: Volume 1: The 1980s

A collection of the early video works by Chip Lord dealing with the deconstruction of television and the construction of identity.

# Title Artists Run Time Year Country
1 Selected Works: Chip Lord Chip Lord 00:27:39 1984 United States
2 Ballplayer Chip Lord 00:13:00 1986 United States

Selected Works: Chip Lord

Chip Lord
1984 | 00:27:39 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 |


This compilation collects seven short works made between 1977 and 1984.

The Willie Walker Show, Bi-Coastal, and The Executive Air Traveler deal with the construction of identity by adapting genre conventions of television to create a self-portrait of the artist.

Get Ready to March is a PSA that critiques Reagan's NEA cuts.

Abscam (Framed), made with Skip Blumberg, presents the FBI sting operation known as "Abscam", mixing FBI surveillance footage of Congressman Michael "Ozzie" Meyers with footage shot by Lord at the Motel where the original sting occurred.

Three Drugs, subtitled “Abused by Americans,” offers parodic commentary on American obsessions with caffeine, nicotine, and gasoline.

Auto Fire Life is a TV News collage arranged by insurance categories and set to music by The Residents.

This title is also available on Chip Lord Videoworks: Volume 1.


Chip Lord
1986 | 00:13:00 | United States | English | Color | | 4:3 |


Actor Richard Marcus speaks directly and intimately to the viewer, relating a tale of personal loss, and then changing the subject to baseball. The video is about amateur vs. professional, personal vs. public space, and loyalty and self-confidence.

This title is also available on Chip Lord Videoworks: Volume 1.