Surprising Evidence:: Revealing Vanished Landscapes Through Nontraditional Moving Images

Lecture | February 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Wurster Hall, Wurster Auditorium, RM 112

 Rick Prelinger, University of California, Santa Cruz

 Environmental Design Archives

Join us for our second Gallery Talk!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Wurster Auditorium, Room 112

6:30 to 7pm - Light Refreshments
7 to 8pm - Lecture

Free to UC Berkeley Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends of the EDA

Suggested $10 donation for those outside UC Berkeley


Historians, architects and planners often look to feature films as records of extinct environments. But few know of the existence of alternative archival records: home movies, process plates and “useful films.” Vividly depicting simultaneous and elusive geographies, these materials enable new frameworks for presentation and visualization, including community- and commons-based events focusing on urban futures and the right to the city. This talk will present examples of these materials and excerpts from Prelinger’s urban history events focusing on San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and New York.

Rick Prelinger, Professor of Film & Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, is an archivist, writer, filmmaker and educator. His archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world, and his feature project No More Road Trips? received a Creative Capital grant in 2012. His 24 Lost Landscapes participatory urban history projects have played to many thousands of viewers in San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles and elsewhere. He co-founded an experimental research library in San Francisco in 2004, which serves over a thousand artists, researchers and activists each year.

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