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  1. I think pulling from the public domain provides an opportunity to consider what parts of cultural representation end up becoming the most widely accessible, or at least more readily and freely available — there’s a lot of material in the Prelinger archives that we’ll likely pull from again in the future. It’s a strange collection and I think we’re interested in looking through that collection by drawing some parallels to things we encounter today. The films fit under those categories above, widely, but that umbrella description doesn’t in and of itself reflect a conceptual direction, it’s more of an acknowledgement of the form of the archive. Any set of films that we choose from the Prelinger archives would show the aesthetics, values, and practices of that era, but for us, these screenings are more about the process of sorting through that archive.

  2. @justin: I love the idea that sorting through an archives becomes performative. For me that’s what will revivify and propagate collections and collecting entities — the sense that practice is performance and performance practice. Delighted to see what you’re doing.

    Hope to get back to Detroit this fall and, if so, would love to drop by and see what you’re all doing across the river.

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