November 3rd, 2017 – Rick Prelinger

Hi Everyone!

Please join us this Friday, November 3rd at 11: 00 AM in Cobb 311 for our fourth meeting of the Mass Culture Workshop. This week we’re excited to welcome Rick Prelinger, Professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, who is also an archivist, writer and filmmaker. He will be giving a performative presentation titled “Inconvenient Materialities.”

No paper will be pre-circulated.

Lunch will be provided immediately after the workshop.

We hope to see you there!

Yours in Mass Cult,

Panpan and Jenisha

Inconvenient Materialities

Does digital emergence inevitably translate into analog marginality? Do physical objects have the right to exist? This talk assesses the inconvenient persistence of physical objects and suggests that the inconvenient affordances of materiality help us defamiliarize the digital turn and perhaps address historical injustices.

Rick Prelinger, Professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, is an archivist, writer and filmmaker. His archives of 60,000 “useful cinema” films were acquired by Library of Congress in 2002; he now collects home movies and personal media. With Internet Archive, he built an open-access online repository of historical films beginning in 2000 which now totals 7,000 freely reusable films. His films include the archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004), which played in venues around the world, and No More Road Trips?, which received a Creative Capital grant in 2012. His 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 futures. With Megan Prelinger, he co-founded and co-directs an experimental research library located in downtown San Francisco.

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