Art Farm Video

Ant Farm collective, Chip Lord

127 min.
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  • Description
    DVD Video includes Classics of video art from the 1970s by the notorious Art and Architecture group: Cadillac Ranch 1974/1994, Media Burn, Ant Farm's Dirty Dishes, Inflatables Illustrated, World's Longest Bridge, Time Capsule 1972-1984, and OFF-AIR Australia. "Ant Farm was an innovative countercultural collective working in media, architecture and spectacle from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Their media events, site structures, performances and videotapes merge an irreverent pop humor with cultural and political critique. Images of a Cadillac crashing through a wall of burning TV sets (Media Burn, 1975) or of ten Cadillacs buried, fin-up, in a field off Route 66 in Texas Cadillac Ranch Show, (1974), are emblematic of Ant Farm's provocations towards the mass media and American cultural icons. Founded in 1968 in San Francisco by Chip Lord and Doug Michels as an alternative architecture, graphic arts, and environmental design practice, Ant Farm expanded to include Curtis Schreier and, at times, Douglas Hurr and Hudson Marquez (later a member of TVTV). Functioning as a self-proclaimed "art agency that promotes ideas that have no commercial potential, but which we think are important vehicles of cultural introspection," Ant Farm was one of the most influential of the early media-based collectives." (Electronic Arts Intermix,
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