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  • Ant Farm, House of the Century, 1971–73, Angleton, TX. Photo: Richard Jost, Chip Lord, and Doug Michels.

    Ant Farm, House of the Century, 1971–73, Angleton, TX. Photo: Richard Jost, Chip Lord, and Doug Michels.

    Ant Farm

    Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

    The picture that emerges from the Berkeley Art Museum’s fascinating retrospective of Ant Farm, the experimental architecture collective founded by Chip Lord and Doug Michels in 1968, is one of relentless flatness. Co-organized by Constance Lewallen, senior curator of exhibitions, and Steve Seid, video curator at the Pacific Film Archive, the show overwhelms as an endless horizon of two-dimensional stuff: All matter of ephemera, expansive wall texts, and publicity material test the audience’s readerly skills as much as their visual inclinations. This quite literally superficial gestalt may at

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