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2004 Hard cover New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 188 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Hardcover dj, new book, ... excellent condition! j4 Read more Show Less

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Berkeley, CA 2004 Hardcover New 0520240294. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--208 pp. With 155 ills. (58 col. ). 28 x 23 cm. Description: "Reviewing the ... accomplishments of a San Francisco-based architecture collective whose visionary oeuvre encompassed video, performance and installation art as well as radical architectural projects, this catalogue includes three critical essays, an extensive illustrated chronology of Ant Farm's activities over the course of its existence from 1968 to 1978, a recent interview with group members Chip Lord, Doug Michels and Curtis Schreier, and pictorial documentation of many of the collective's works, which range from inflatable structures and experimental mobile environments to an installation composed of ten Cadillacs buried nose down on a ranch in Texas. " Read more Show Less

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This richly illustrated book, created to accompany the traveling exhibition of the same name, provides a fascinating critical overview of Ant Farm, the radical architecture collective that brought us Cadillac Ranch, Media Burn, and The Eternal Frame. Established by several young renegade architects in 1968, Ant Farm was a collaborative art and design group eager to bring to its practice a revolutionary spirit more consistent with the times. Its vision encompassed creations for a nomadic lifestyle, including inflatable structures and radical environments that culminated in projects such as the organically appointed House of the Century and the unrealized aquatic edifice The Dolphin Embassy. Ant Farm 1968-1978 explores the sweeping career of this inspired and inspiring visionary collective as its architectural projects broadened to embrace a range of undertakings that challenged the visual architecture of image, icon, and power.
Constance Lewallen provides an in-depth, anecdotally rich interview with founding members Chip Lord, Doug Michels, and Curtis Schreier. An essay by Michael Sorkin gives the multivalent cultural context for Ant Farm's radical architecture. Steve Seid takes a comprehensive look at Ant Farm's influential videotapes. Caroline Maniaque's "Searching for Energy" details the group's inflatable structures in relationship to contemporaneous architects working in a similar vein. The catalog also includes a substantial excerpt from Chip Lord's 1976 meditation on car culture, with a new epilogue; a graphically playful timeline recounting Ant Farm's essential art projects; and a rich montage of images and ephemera capturing the humor, originality, and prescience of this feisty enterprise.
A joint publication with the Berkeley Art Museum
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520240292
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 201
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Constance M. Lewallen is Senior Curator for Exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Steve Seid is Video Curator at the Pacific Film Archive. Chip Lord is Professor and Chair of the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Caroline Maniaque is Lecturer in the History of Architecture at L' École d'Architecture, Lille, France. Michael Sorkin is Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York and a principal of Michael Sorkin Studio.
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ANT FARM 1968-1978


University of California

Copyright © 2004 Regents of the University of California
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-520-24030-8

Chapter One

For a decade, beginning is 1968, the partners in Ant Farm explore the experimental fringe in architecture, design, and the media arts. During the group's most productive period. 1973 - 1977 they created Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas; designed and built The House of the Century, near Houston; produced the performative video works Media Burn and The Eternal Frame; buried The Citizen's Time capsule at Artpark near Buffalo. New York; and designed a series of visionary architectural projects. The partners had dispersed by 1978 when a fire destroyed their studio at Pier 40 in San Francisco. They re-united in l987 to create a sculpture for the Hard Rock Cafe in Houston,

The following pages detail Ant Farm's activities with materials produce in the 1970's and taken from Ant Farm scrapbooks. Portions of this document were originally created as a book proposal made to E.P. Dutton in 1975.


See Doug Hurr put his boots on. Doug Hurr and his friends recently held a camp-out. It was a fun camp-out and the funniest thing about it was where in was held. See the American flag in the background? See the million-dollar scoreboard? See the happy smiles? You'd be smiling too if The judge let you spend the night in the Astrodome The event was part of Time Slice, a six-weak experimental communications and environment workshop taught by Douh Michels and Chip Lord which is now in progress under the auspices of the University of Houston College of Architecture. Among those who frolicked in the Astrodome that night last week were Pam Richardson, Dave Stoms, Mike Pratka, Susan Rohrdanz, Diane Bennett, Steve Jackson, Rodney Pease, Kelly Gloger, Eric Jackson, Galen Hope, Vance Tilton, Irving Forbush and Joe Hall. The group spent the night on and in a 60-foot parachute held aloft by helium ballons. "Astroturf," said Lord, "is pretty comfortable. Better than your average ground." What next? Well, they're going to see about spending the night in the Humble Building.


Excerpted from ANT FARM 1968-1978 by CONSTANCE M. LEWALLEN STEVE SEID Copyright © 2004 by Regents of the University of California. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Lenders, funders, and venues
Introduction 1
Sex, drugs, rock and roll, cars, dolphins, and architecture 4
Searching for energy 14
Tunneling through the wasteland : Ant Farm video 22
Interview with Ant Farm : Constance M. Lewallen in conversation with Chip Lord, Doug Michels, and Curtis Schreier 38
Ant Farm timeline 88
Autoamerica (excerpt) 150
Friends of Ant Farm 167
Exhibition history 171
Bibliography 173
List of illustrations 179
Index 183
About the contributors 187
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