[microsound-announce] Lecture: Lost Landscapes and Found Collections. An encounter with Rick Prelinger. Monday, July 16th at 7.30 pm. MACBA Auditorium
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Lecture:* Lost Landscapes and Found Collections. An encounter with Rick
Monday, July 16th at 7.30 pm. MACBA Auditorium
This event will be in English.
Archives and libraries are currently overcome with anxiety about protocols,
rules and regulations, but it might be better to focus on linking to what
people (not institutions) need to celebrate and remember, and understand
archival and library work as performative. Drawing on the experience
gathered over eight years of work at the Prelinger Library and in
participatory media archives Rick Prelinger will raise some questions that
are central to anyone working with or around archives and libraries today.
How can past media transitions help us make more informed decisions in the
future? Are we moving toward greater archival centralization, or are we
entering a landscape where an unlimited number of collections flourish? How
will personal and corporate or institutional collections influence and
change one another? Are archives gearing their services and offerings
toward classes of users that don’t really exist, while users seek archives
that haven’t yet been created? What’s really new, and what just looks new?
Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer and filmmaker. He has been an active
player in the stock footage field since 1985, and his collection is now
represented worldwide by Getty Images. Beginning in 2000, he partnered with
Internet Archive to make 2,100 (soon to be 5,000) films available online
for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His archival feature *Panorama
Ephemera* (2004) played in venues around the world, and his new feature
project *No More Road Trips?* received a Creative Capital grant in 2012.
His *Lost Landscapes* projects have played to many thousands of viewers in
San Francisco, Detroit and elsewhere. Prelinger is a board member of
Internet Archive and frequently writes and speaks on the future of archives
and issues relating to archival access and regeneration. With Megan
Prelinger, he co-founded the Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly
private research library open to the public in downtown San Francisco.
More info on Rick Prelinger:
Conversation with Rick Prelinger (PDF):
Podcast: interview with Rick Prelinger
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