Christopher Richmond discusses his film "Hyperway"

Aug 06, 2020

Conversation between Los Angeles–based video artist Christopher Richmond and Hammer Museum curatorial assistant Nicholas Barlow following a screening of an extended excerpt from Richmond's film Hyperway (2018).

Richmond's videos, photographs, and drawings explore alternate realities, metaphysical conundrums, and space travel, using conventions of science fiction and cinema as both framework and subject matter. Taking years to formulate and construct, his videos emulate Hollywood film productions: working on location and in makeshift film sets and utilizing a team of close collaborators including actors, writers, musicians, prop-makers, and special effects artists.

In Hyperway, Richmond presents a cast of allegorical characters and fantastic creatures. These include a celestial being having an existential breakdown (played by art critic, writer, actor, and comedian, Christina Catherine Martinez); philosophizing astronauts (played by actor, Augusto Aguilera, and art-writer and teacher, Jan Tumlir), and a "Silver Surfer" roaming a mini-mall parking lot on a hoverboard. These visionary elements share space with the everyday, a Los Angeles made to feel unearthly and strange, juxtaposing the absurd and the mundane.