- Special Events: Fall 2018
- Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture: Noisy Archives and the Future of Memory
December 2 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium
Rick Prelinger, speaker
Archives have never been more popular nor more precarious. Today’s archivists (film, media, and paper) must contend with historical amnesia, uncertain funding, technological change, and the flow from a relentless digital fire hose. As the pre-digital historical record accumulates and grows, one must ask: Do physical objects have the right to exist? Whose records should we be collecting and for what purposes? This image-rich talk looks at the future of memory, the renaissance of physical media, the virtues of inconvenience, and how archives and cultural repositories can serve as a force for inclusion, perhaps healing our digital wounds. Rick Prelinger is founder of the Prelinger Archives, a celebrated repository of home movies and ephemeral films. His compilation “Lost Landscapes of New York” follows the lecture.