Professor Chip Lord came into the KZSC studio to do a mini-interview with Nada for Artists on Art about the upcoming UCSC’s Film & Digital Media’s “Bridging the Gap” Symposium happening June 3, 2011 in the Media Theater/ Theater Arts Complex starting at 5:00pm with reception at 6:30. This event includes an award honoring Professor Lord as well as a screening of  his recently completed works. This special event also includes former students, and a keynote presentation by Pacific Film Archive Video Curator Steve Seid.

Cadillac Ranch

Along with his long and illustrious career as a teacher in Film and Digital Media, Chip Lord founded the alternative architectural group ANT FARM with Doug Michels in 1968. For the next ten years they embarked on a groundbreaking interdisciplinary practice that included video, performance, graphic design, public art, and sculpture as well as architecture. Here is an excerpt from Media Burn one of their famous performances .

Phantom Dream Car for Media Burn


Professor Lord came to UCSC in 1988 as the third faculty in the film concentration within the Theater Arts Department. Throughout his academic career he continued to produce cutting edge video works that span documentary and experimental practices.  Currently, he works in video and photography.


To hear our interview,  please press play: [haiku url=”″ title=”Chip Lord” graphical=”true”]

Also, recently at the Santa Cruz Film Festival and a documentary premiered, “Space, Land And Time: Underground Adventures With Ant Farm” ten years in the making by Elizabeth Federici and Laura Harrison.  The following is promotional material for the movie that encapsulates Ant Farm very well.

Before Burning Man, before The Yes Men, before South Park, before flash mobs, there was Ant Farm, the prototypical underground culture jamming architectural firm and performance art and media collective whose antics and anarchic guerrilla theatre paved the way for future armies of free-thinkers and public artists. Born in San Francisco out of the subversive counterculture ethos of the 1960s, founders Chip Lord and Doug Michels, and later Curtis Schreier and Hudson Marquez, sought initially to challenge the conventional notions of how buildings and living spaces were conceived. They eventually evolved into an “art agency that [promoted] ideas that [had] no commercial potential, but which [they thought were] important vehicles of cultural introspection.” For the uninitiated, the inflatable living spaces, extremely strange home designs, and savage guerrilla media commentary will seem all too familiar. 1975’s Media Burn, where a tricked-out Cadillac barreled full steam ahead into a pyramid of flaming televisions, the controversial re-staging of the Kennedy assassination and the iconic Cadillac Ranch could all have been taken right out of a little art show held each September in Nevada. Luckily, Ant Farm was also an early pioneer of videomaking and documented much of their craziness. A potent combination of video, music, animation and editing captures the spirit of this underground group, which mixed political subversion and goofy good times to create an art movement that resonates today. Prepare to have your mind blown!


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