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# Why Recycle (A Manifesto)?
By Rick Prelinger
This short manifesto is about why I like working with old images more than making new ones.
why add to the population of orphaned artworks?
what presumption that new work improves on old.
honor our ancestors by recycling their wisdom.
the ideology of originality is arrogant and wasteful.
dregs are the sweetest drink of all.
leftovers were spared for a purpose.
actors don't get a fair shake the first time around, let's give them another.
the pleasure of recognition warms us on cold nights and cools us in hot summers.
we reach the future only by roundabout means.
as we wish to address the future the past also desires to address us.
access to what's already happened is cheaper than access to what's currently happening.
archives are justified by use.
make a quilt not an advertisement.