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Do it with OTHERS


Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 02:40:12 pm

@ hello

The DIWO culture is very apparent through all the works we have done throughout the past couple of weeks, not just in the third space but also in the first space. the third space makes collaborating even more possible because of the accessibility of the internet, though I believe that there are traditional ways of collaborating as well.

DIWO is a Read more →

Categories: Research
Good point that the Internet facilitates DIWO by connecting people and bringing them together whether they are local or remote. And yes, our glitch project was an opportunity to collaborate on a single image with others to see unusual and surprising transformations. I am also interested to know more about your impression of Furtherfield and the interview with Marc Garrett. Furtherfield is really the originator of the DIWO concept, although as we can see in the case of Ant Farm and other artistic collectives, the idea has been in the air for a long time.

The Eternal Frame by Ant Farm: How "Based on a True Story" is Indeed Powerful

Daphne Tan

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 01:10:25 pm


Ant Farm, an extraordinary collective

Ant Farm is a group of radical practitioners, whose forte is in architecture, graphic arts and environment design founded by two architects, Chip Lord and Doug Michels, in San Francisco in 1968. Although they had dissolved in 1978, their works still continue to impact, teach and continue to inspire many today. The group that once saw Read more →

Categories: Research
Excellent. Yes, the eternal frame of the Zapruder film lives on in our collective memory, and as you point out, it was the intent of the artists in Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco to examine the nature of the mediated image. You showed very impressive recollection from the interview with Chip Lord, but it would be helpful to reference the specific quotations, such as Gene Youngblood's comment about the autonomous reality community. That said, I am very impressed with this very well written essay.



Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 09:29:22 am

@ hello

Ant Farm is a avant garde art group founded in San Francisco by Chip Lord and Doug Michels. As a group, Ant Farm did Media Burn (1975) which addressed the pervasive nature of the television in many people’s lives. It confronts people directly as the work was made to imitate a real life event that would have been televised for Read more →

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I am very interested in your reference to Artist Village. I have heard about them but am not really familiar with their work. Do you think you could talk about them a little in class tonight? And yes, in many ways, Ant Farm resembles Andy Warhol's factory as a collective of artists working and collaborating together. Also, they used new media to document events, made films, critiqued popular culture, etc., so there are many similarities. If you are going to reference these other groups, it would be helpful to cite specific examples of projects and works. Also, your critique of Media Burn would be strengthened by recounting the project itself, the event, how it was staged, etc. Otherwise, I am glad to see you making connections between artists collectives which was one important aspect of the assignment.
Its very relatable that you included examples that are close and accessible to us all! :DDD
Yes, I am excited about that, let's discuss!


EC Chee

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 05:04:26 am

@ 遠き世に

Television, cars, spaceflights — from 1968 to 1978, Ant Farm proved themselves to be distinctively “American”, capitalising on these objects which, even then, were cultural symbols of the USA. The Eternal Frame (1975) is no exception, though it takes things to a further extent. Rather than referring to merely objects which have become symbols, it refers to something more human: an Read more →

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Excellent piece, and very well researched. Frame 313, I wasn't aware of the exact number, is certainly an "eternal frame," that was burned into the consciousness of all of those who have seen the Zapruder film. You alluded to the fact that the "eternal frame" is a play on the "eternal flame, the memorial that is located at the Arlington Cemetery near Washington, DC. I understand that the assassination of JFK, the first "television president," may not be as vivid for non-Americans, but I thought you captured the event and its significance very well. The only thing I would have liked to have seen is some reference to the assigned reading and the interview with Chip Lord. Otherwise, excellent work!

Fresh produce at ANT Farm

Cecilia HyunJae Cho

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 02:41:59 am


ANT Farm is the name of a group of artists and architects based in San Francisco. These artists produced experimental work between 1968 and 1978, by incorporating a variety of different media such as; architecture, performance, happenings, sculpture, installation, and graphic design. Many of the pieces were archived using camera. And the works often focused its attention on the latest Read more →

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Very good! I am glad that you caught the wonderful irony of the two artist-dummies who relied on television to navigate to their destination where they demolished television: symbolically and literally. Glad also to see that you made references to Cadillac Ranch, which also critiqued automobile car culture and futuristic design by placing 10 Cadillacs upside down along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas. I want to point out that Ant Farm was using the media spectacle to critique the media, staging there event in such a ways as to make it believable and authentic in an ironic way. I would urge you to incorporate the reading as well as the interview with Chip Lord, which added more insight to the this iconic work of American art. Good job!!

Cadillac Ranch: A Pop-Art Stonehenge


Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 01:43:36 am

@ Bala's OSS

Ant Farm was birthed amidst the hippie culture and counter-movement. It was a socially transformative period where experimentation and the alternative lifestyle was embraced.

Chip Lord mentions in his interview with Randall Packer that Ant Farm was “founded on the idea of an underground architectural practice” (In San Francisco, at that time, underground films, radio, and newspapers were prevalent). Read more →

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This is so impressive! You really wrote a very detailed and thorough research critique! Congratulations! I am so impressive with the quality of detail recounting the evolution of the Cadillac Ranch project, the collaborators who worked on it, as well as Stanley Marsh, who commissioned it and provided the land. Isn't it interesting how this work has become so participatory over the years, with so many transformations, paint jobs, graffiti, etc. The work seems to both celebrate our love of the automobile, as well as critique its planned obsolescence, which is perfectly embedded in this work through the series of tailfins. And I am very impressed with the level of detail and attention you paid to the interview with Chip Lord. Great work!!
Thank you so much!! I'll continue to do my best, I really appreciate the encouragement ٩(◕‿◕。)۶

Media Burn and the Art of Destruction

Su Xian

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 - 12:24:56 am

@ Shu

Ant Farm, an avant garde video arts group founded in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Hall, is now a highly acknowledged collective of creatives that embrace the art of destruction (according to Patricia Mellencamp in her Journal of Film and Video).

One of the collective’s destructive artworks titled Media Burn (1975) is a performance that touches on the representative Read more →

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Shu, you touched on a very important concept: the ability of the media to insert ideas into public narrative. It is this idea that the media shapes the cultural narrative that Ant Farm was challenging, in a symbolic and destructive gesture. I think it would be worth discussing this idea because the media plays such an important role in our lives no matter the country or the culture we live in. Now it doesn't mean we have to destroy the media (what TRUMP is trying to do), but rather, we need to be aware of the media and its effects. I think that what would have been helpful in your critique of Media Burn is to also discuss its staging, the way in which it used the trappings of the media, the political speech, the flags, and the astronaut-like depiction of the car navigation, to fully capture the meaning and significance of Media Burn as a media spectacle. It is through the staging of the spectacle that they aimed their critique squarely into the media space.

Cadillac Ranch It Up


Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 - 11:42:15 pm

@ Jasmine

Cadillac Ranch (1974) is an installation commissioned by Amarillo billionaire Stanley March 3, and created by the Ant Farm. The Ant Farm is a group of artists and architects from San Francisco which produced experimental artworks. Ant Farm uses different art forms such as architecture, performance, sculpture, installation and graphic design while documenting all these  on camera in order to Read more →

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Good job! Yes, you are right, Cadillac Ranch was originally conceived as a "roadside attraction," installed along the famous Route 66 in Texas, which is an iconic highway that is perhaps the most American of all highways for its many tourist attractions. There was even a television show called Route 66! And yes, Ant Farm had a love of the automobile, they all grew up in the 1950s and 60s when car culture was at its height in America and probably around the world. I am curious why think they buried the cars upside down? What does that say about planned obsolescence, one of the critical aspects of the work. The interview with Chip Lord wasn't mentioned, which would give you additional insight into this class work. However, this is ver good research!


Tan Xiang Rei

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 - 10:09:26 pm


Ant Farm staged Cadillac Ranch Show in 1974 along U.S. Route 66 Texas. Ten different models of Cadillac cars were half-buried in a row, nose-first in the ground, at a sixty-degree angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza, in Egypt. Each car features one step in the evolution of the tail fin from 1949 to 1963 Read more →

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Good work and glad you made reference to the interview with Chip Lord. Yes, you are right, Cadillac Ranch grew out of the obsession with cars that was prevalent in the 50s and 60s in America, and of great importance to the Ant Farm artists. And you are absolutely correct that the placement of Cadillac Ranch was very specific to Route 66, to become what they referred to as a "roadside attraction." One thing that would have strengthened your conclusion was making mention of the participatory nature of Cadillac Ranch, which essentially turned the work into public art that inspired social interaction: which ties in very nicely with our study in Experimental Interaction.

Parodical or Commentary?

Bella Dai

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 - 09:09:59 pm

@ belladaiyunlang

Ant Farm (1968-1078) was founded as an architecture, graphic arts, and environmental design company by Chip Lord and Doug Michels (1943-2003) in 1968. The group of adventurous artists and architects based in San Francisco identified themselves as part of the underground culture in the late sixties and seventies. That how the company name was made.

We wanted to be an Read more →

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Bella, I love your conclusion! What a great comparison to today's technology of the mobile phone. We should ask the class this evening how many would like to put their foot through their phone. Maybe this could be an artistic project you can stage as a challenge to our dependence on mobile communications! Seriously, this is an excellent research critique, well researched, and you captured the issues quite well. You even made mention of the fact that they used TV to destroy TV, an excellent observation, but it might have helped if you had described how they did that. And what was the significance of the speech, the 4th of July staging, the patriotic gestures, etc. So they not only put their symbolic "foot" through the television set, they also challenged the spectacle of the mass media.