ANT FARM COLLECTIVE
With their Inflatocookbook, released into the world in December 1970, Ant Farm, an artist/architect collective, attempted to bring the transformative power of inflatable structures to the general public.
image from Constance Lewallen's Ant Farm, 1968-1978
Inflatables, by their nature, resist rigid forms, structures, and behavior patterns associated with traditional architecture. They open people up to change and experimentation.
The "recipes" contained in Ant Farm's Inflatocookbook were published in a homemade, DIY style, intended for users to easily cook up.
They were low-tech (apart from the use of plastics), easy to do, participatory, and fun.
So...as we take back our public space-we need to be sure not to scare anybody away. We need to invite amateurs, non-artists, kids, and everyone else...give them something they can take home with them and pass along to others.
For more on Ant Farm, check this link:
Here's a video of an inflatable by Ant Farm's Curtis Schreier and UC Santa Cruz students for the Intervene/Intercept Festival at the University of California-Santa Cruz in 2008.