Ant Farm, ‘Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule], Front Elevation’, 2008, Pioneer Works

About Ant Farm

Ant Farm is a media-based collective, working with installation, happenings, and performances as political critique—or in their own words, an “art agency that promotes ideas that have no commercial potential but which we think are important vehicles of cultural introspection.” Formed in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels, Ant Farm was originally conceived as an alternative practice for architecture, graphic arts, and environmental art. It later expanded to include Curtis Schreier, and sometimes Douglass Hurr and Hudson Marquez, and shifted its focus to re-creating major media events with themselves as primary participants. Ant Farm borrowed frequently from American pop iconography with irony, humor, and spectacle. It disbanded in 1978 after a fire destroyed their shared studio in San Francisco.