On Friday evening I was at a lecture by Rick Prelinger, organized by CCA. He talked about archives and working from pre-existing materials - this idea (as I interpreted his lecture) that future art can honor past art and that is one of the purposes of archives. In the background of his talk there was a slideshow in which one of the pictures showed boxes of media (films? books?) that were just sitting in room. I feel a kinship with his idea that archives should be used/accessed instead of boxed away. It's one of the reasons I do my blog - to appreciate a book being read at a moment in time. The moments a book is actually being read in its entire "lifetime" are, I think, few.
In the spirit of appreciating pre-existing work, this blog post continues from the work of Dennis Oppenheim, whose photograph hung in the gallery where Prelinger gave his lecture:
On Jones Beach, reading Tactics: Vol II, Cavalry Artillery, by German Colonel Balck
Posted by sonya worthy at Monday, March 24, 2014