Doug Michels presents his work and that of Ant Farm, the San Francisco group founded in the 1970’s by Michels and Chip Lord. The lecture is a dynamic collection of films of art performances, architectural proposals, slides and models and a series of live performances involving sound, speech and images. Projects discussed include House of the Century (1972), Cadillac Ranch (1974), Media Burn (1975), Dolphin Embassy (1976), and Hollywood Zoo (1983).
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Doug Michels presents a film about the 1983 project “Hollywood Zoo – a theme park for the Eighties,” which depicts images of zoo animals and architectural models populated by miniature figures of people and wild animals. He goes on to present the 1974 “Cadillac Ranch” project where a series of Cadillac cars are arranged in the desert to represent the rise and fall of the Cadillac tail fin.
Doug Michels presents the video for the 1975 performance by Ant Farm entitled “Media Burn.” In this performance, the artists drive an altered Cadillac through a pyramid of burning TV sets, in order to alleviate the frustration of watching TV. The film shows responses from local media and the coverage of the event as well as a more detailed artist documentation of the full performance, from the enactment of a JFK speech by Doug Michels to the design of the altered Cadillac and the entrance of the artists.
Doug Michels presents some real and speculative projects from Ant Farm, such as a tele-transportation unit, the ironic House of the Century from 1972 and the 1976 Dolphin Embassy communication station project.