Survey: Ant Farm

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
Before 1950
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Artist Group / Collective
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Ant Farm’’s Mission was to produce provocative works in the area of architecture and art. Several early manifestos exist in the Ant Farm Archives. During the period of activity, we added video and performance to our areas of interest.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
Founded in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels as an "alternative architectural practice", Ant Farm expanded and became a collective in late 1969. The number of active partners fluctuated over the next few years, but by early-1974 Ant Farm was re-structured as a partnership with three principles: Lord, Michels, and Curtis Schreier. More information is available in the exhibition catalog, "Ant Farm 1968-1978" published by UC Press, 2004.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
This information is available in the exhibition catalog, "Ant Farm 1968-1978" published by UC Press, 2004.
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Chip Lord
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Doug Michels deceased
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Curtis Schreier
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
The Ant Farm Archives has been acquired by the Berkeley Art Museum. The FRAC Centre in Orleans, France is in the process of acquiring some additional visual materials. A small collection of other materials is housed in the personal collections of Lord and Schreier, and part of these are in commercial storage, which poses a small threat to their preservation.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Not Applicable
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, Ca.
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Some works are in private collections.
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
Contact: Lisa Calden Director of Registration University of California, Berkeley Art Museum 2625 Durant Avenue Berkeley, CA 94720 tel: 510-643-5359 fax: 510-643-5211 email:
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Prints / Lithographs / Etchings / Screenprints / etc.
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Installations
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
11 - 20
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
1 - 10
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I can’t access the material to determine this
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Written or Typewritten Inventories
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Word Processing Document [i.e. Word]
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
Please contact the Berkeley Art Museum for this information
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
We are not currently processing new material
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Other - Please describe below.
contact Berkeley Art Museum
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Complete sale to FRAC Centre (some 25 items) and plan for exhibition there, Fall, 2007
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
staffing - for an assistant to aid in this work
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
Complete sale and placing of ALL materials in institutional holdings
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$2,001 - $3,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
$4,000 - $5,000
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
24e. Not Applicable: 
Not Applicable
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
25b. Who?: 
member - Bay Area Video Coalition member- Berkeley Art Museum
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
In regard to specifically the video works created by Ant Farm: In 2003, The Bay Area Video Coalition produced the dvd "Preserving Analog Video" and used our title, "The Eternal Frame" (by Ant Farm and T.R. Uthco) as a case study. This effectively preserved "The Eternal Frame" by restoring and re-mastering it. The re-matered version is now distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix [] and Video Data Bank []. BAVC retains a digital beta clone master of "The Eternal Frame". Digital beta video clones of "Media Burn" which was partially restored and re-mastered in 2004 are in the collections of The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives; The FRAC Centre, Orleans, France; and Electronic Arts Intermix. The Getty Museum will include "The Eternal Frame" in an exhibition based on tyhe collection of video acquired from the Long Beach Museum of Art in 2008. As part of this exhibition the Getty will recreate an installation of the video as it was shown in the Long Beach Museum of Art in 1977. Other Ant Farm titles are available on the dvd, "ANT FARM VIDEO" produced in conjunction with the 2004 exhibition. DVcam masters are currently in the collection of Chip Lord.
Chip Lord Projects
Who executed this survey.: 
Chip Lord
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: