Rick Prelinger is a archivist, writer and media-maker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives. Here he’s talking about Willard E. Worden‘s Observatory in Ruins, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco (1906), imagining the observatory’s contested construction and subsequent collapse by earthquake, as prophecy towards a proposed re-siting of the digital panopticon. Does that sentence make sense? Rick shows up in a number of other 75 Reasons talks side of frame. Look for him in Craig Baldwin’s, coming up next.
Remember the end of Manhattan, when Woody Allen asks himself what makes life worth living? Last January, during SFMOMA’s three day 75th anniversary celebration, 75 people from the Bay Area creative community gave extremely short talks—7.5 minutes or less!—on a single collection work of their choosing. Someone called it ‘manic splendor’—and it was. You can follow the 75 Reasons to Live talks as we post them by checking in here.