On February 10, Rick Prelinger
, founder of the Prelinger Archives, screened a collection of footage entitled Lost Landscapes of Detroit
at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art. According to Mr. Prelinger, "a standing-room-only and vocal audience of Detroiters"
saw the show. The film is now available
in the Prelinger section of the Internet Archive.
In June of 2004, fifty-eight friends and acquaintances joined in a collaborative labor project that lasted for eight days. They were instrumental in organizing the Prelinger Library
in San Francisco, CA. One month from today will be the little library's fifth anniversary celebration. The library project/ public art project/ art installation/ archive/ part information center
is an appropriation-friendly
collection of books, periodicals, zines
, and print ephemera. The library isn't organized by the Dewy Decimal system
, but sorted by Megan Prelinger
into four constant threads
: landscape and geography; media and representation; historical consciousness; and political narratives from beyond the mainstream. The library is the less-known work of Rick Prelinger
, and his wife, Megan. Rick is most commonly known for his video collection, which is the primary source of ephemera films
. (All things Prelinger previously
Education for Death.
(YouTubefilter.) Disney-produced anti-Nazi cartoon
short from 1943. Look for Hitler's Satanic horns. More weirdness from WWII: Warner Bros Snafuperman
, starring Pvt. Snafu (originally created by Dr. Seuss!), who also deals with spies
, all while jabbering away in a voice that sounds disconcertingly like that of a certain cwazy wabbit. From Archive. org -- Pvt. Snafu learns about booby traps
, in one case literally. Bugs himself joined the Air Force, and was faced with gremlins
for his trouble. Superman himself got in on the act, battling Japoteurs
. After all, during the War we were plenty worried about those canny Japanese
In 1946, Encyclopedia Britannica
and Harold Lasswell
produced an educational film about the nature of Despotism. Calls to mind contemporary examples of despotism, and (in view of Lasswell's own views on the subject) raises some interesting questions about the uses and misuses of persuasion and propaganda.
Film link via the Prelinger Archive
, previously discussed here