- 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