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Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture: Noisy Archives and the Future of Memory

December 2 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Rick Prelinger, speaker

This event was live streamed; view here.

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.

courtesy Prelinger Archives

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