The Reel Living Dead: Tales from the Archival Vaults

Professor Anthony Seeger

Audiovisual archives may seem like dark dusty places where old and obsolete stuff -like reels of audio tape – is put to moulder away. But materials stored for decades in archival vaults have brought the wisdom and art of dead generations to inspire and improve the lives of people around the world. They haven’t fed on brains, but rather fed brains. These tales about ways people have used old archival materials to improve their lives, their art, and their futures come from five different countries, including Indonesia.