Media Burn 40th Anniversary Posters: Get’em While They’re Hot!


Sanaz Mazinani, Media Burn 2.0 (Homage to Ant Farm), digital print, 12″ x 18″, 2015. Text design by Aaron Stienstra.

Given the significance of Media Burn in guiding the spirit of our work, the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism has commissioned a double-sided commemorative poster to honor Media Burn’s forty years of undiminishable aura. We are incredibly grateful to Ant Farm members, Chip Lord and Curtis Schreier (design below), and San Francisco-based visual artist Sanaz Mazinani (design above) for revisiting this iconic work for each side of our poster design.


Chip Lord and Curtis Schreier, 40th Year, digital print, 12in x 18in, 2015.


We’re pleased to offer a set of two posters FREE (+$7.50 postage and handling) to current members of the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism. Thank you for making our work possible! Order now →


A set of two posters comes free with a $40 dollar membership contribution (shipping and handling included). Join us!

Pick ‘em up!

Come see us in person as part of Making A Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces and pick your poster up in person.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 6-9pm
Free exhibition opening reception at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 8:30pm to 10:30pm
SOMArts Cultural Center’s celebrated Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th),
$12 advance tickets/$15 at the door. Buy now →

Wednesday + Fridays, July 10-August 19, 2015, Noon-2pm
History Collection Lab Hours: Main Gallery Annex, SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

About the Artists

Ant Farm (1968-1978), a collective of radical architects who were also video, performance, and installation artists, was founded in San Francisco by Doug Michels and Chip Lord. Joined by Curtis Schreier, Hudson Marquez, and Douglass Hurr they embarked on a series of architectural experiments that eventually led to Cadillac Ranch (1974), Media Burn (1975), and Dolphin Embassy (1976). During pre-production planning for the Media Burn public performance, Ant Farm invited Doug Hall the perform as the “artist-president.” This collaboration then developed The Eternal Frame, an authentic reenactment of the Kennedy Assassination that was video taped on the streets of Dallas and in a TV studio in Amarillo Texas.

Chip Lord trained as an architect (MArch Tulane University, 1968) and was a partner in Ant Farm (1968-1978). With Ant Farm he produced video art classics Media Burn and the Eternal Frame, as well as public sculpture, Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas and the House of the Century. He is a media artist whose documentary and experimental works have been widely shown in museums around the world. Lord is Professor Emeritus in Film & Digital Media at the University of California Santa Cruz and lives in San Francisco.

Sanaz Mazinani is a San Francisco-based visual artist, whose work explores the relationship between perception and representation. Working primarily in photography and large-scale photo-based installations, her practice intersects conceptual and formal boundaries of the photographic image in response to site, sight and insight, especially in relation to digital culture. Her work has been exhibited in the Museum Bärengasse, Zürich, Art & Architecture Library at Stanford University, Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, di Rosa, Napa, Arizona State University Museum, University of Toronto Art Center, Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, and Emirates Financial Towers in Dubai. She has received awards and honors from the Canada Council for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize, Kala Art Institute, and the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities. Her artwork has been written about in Artforum, artnet News, Canadian Art, Flash Art, Nuva Luz, NOW Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, SFWeekly, Washington Post, and Vice’s Creator’s Project. Mazinani studied art at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (2003), and received her MFA at Stanford University (2011).


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