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Institute for Advanced Study Presents

Rick Prelinger: The Romance of Obsolescence and the Promise of Hybridity

2/14/19, 3:30 PM

About this event

In the last 25 years we have displaced much of our culture, labor and recordkeeping into the digital domain. While the digital turn has vastly enriched many lives, it has also amplified divides, accelerated inequalities, elevated the possibility of historical amnesia and brought us new and onerous forms of labor. But it is not irreversible. Digital emergence is feeding a renaissance of physical media, a revival of the handmade and an analog culture that consciously looks forward rather than to the past. The opposition of digital progress and analog nostalgia is giving way to a new vision of hybridity. This image-rich talk suggests how strategies that look beyond physical/virtual binaries can aspire to redistribute power and heal digital wounds.

Cosponsored by the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Departments of Art and Art History, and DASH, and copresented by the Moving Image and Media Studies Graduate Group.

Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer, filmmaker and educator. His collection of 60,000 ephemeral films was acquired by Library of Congress in 2002. Beginning in 2000, he partnered with Internet Archive to make a subset of the Prelinger Collection (now 7,000 films) available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His 25 Lost Landscapes participatory urban history projects have played to many thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. He 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 Shaw Prelinger, he co-founded an experimental research library in San Francisco in 2004, which serves over a thousand artists, researchers and activists each year. He is currently Professor of Film & Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Event Location
  • Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
  • 84 Church St SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA - United States