Ant Farm

Media Burn, 1974-1975

On July 4 1975, American Independence Day, Ant Farm organized a spectacular show in the parking lot of the Cow Palace – the big sports and concert arena in the outskirts of San Francisco. Media Burn staged the collision of two icons of American culture: the car and the television. Schreier and Michels, dressed as astronauts, drove a customized Cadillac (the Phantom Dream Car) into a pyramid of burning televisions in front of a group of 400 spectators. This performance, which followed a meticulously planned scenario, attests to the theatrical and narrative dimension of Ant Farm’s installations. The show was filmed and immediately broadcast by local television stations and national broadcast networks invited for the occasion. By “carrying out” the destruction of the quintessential media tool, this work turned the media against themselves by beating them at their own game. A year after the Watergate scandal broke out, Media Burn proclaimed the death of television, which had been raised to the rank of totem of contemporary civilization.

Media Burn

Secret Location

Dessin

Impression sur papier

25.4 x 35.4 x

1975

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Vidéo

1975
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Dessin
Feutre sur papier
20.6 x 27.7
1974
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Staging Area
Dessin
Feutre et crayon graphite sur papier
44.7 x 69.2
1974
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Media Burn Logo Sketch
Dessin
Encre sur enveloppe
19 x 23
1975
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Media Burn Logo
Dessin
Encre sur papier
23.9 x 26.7
1975
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Media Burn Cutaway with Logo
Dessin
Encre sur papier
60 x 91.2
1975
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Dessin
Encre sur papier
60.7 x 91.7
1975
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Predicta
Dessin
Diazoïque imprimé, coloré à la main et timbre en caoutchouc
61 x 91.3
1975
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Artist Conception
Dessin
Imprimé diazoïque et feutre sur papier
19.5 x 27
1975
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Phantom Dream Car Cutaway
Dessin
Diazoïque imprimé sépia sur papier
43.4 x 55.4
1975
006 19 11

Secret Location
Dessin
Impression sur papier
25.4 x 35.4
1975
006 19 33

Logo
Dessin
Encre de Chine sur papier
37.9 x 48.9
1975
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Study for Phantom Dream Car
Dessin
Crayon de couleur sur papier
8 x 15
s. d.
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Study for Phantom Dream Car
Dessin
Crayon de couleur sur papier
14 x 46.5
s. d.
006 19 02

Souvenir Booklet
Carnet
Impression offset sur papier
28.1 x 21.7
1975
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Carton d'invitation
Document
Impression sur papier cartonné
10.2 x 15.2
1975
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Carte postale, 1ère édition
Document
Impression sur papier cartonné
10.2 x 15
1975
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Communiqué de presse original
Document
Impression sur papier
27.8 x 21.6
1975
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Jaquette de cassette de vidéo
Document
Impression offset sur papier
19.6 x 26
1975
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Autocollants
Document
Impression offset sur adhésif plastique
6.9 x 8.5
1975
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