Out at the Harvard Depository in Southborough, Massachusetts there are many stories to tell. How do the books come to and from campus nearly an hour away? What is the best way to store a library collection whose offsite holdings alone are mounting to ten million? What does it take to keep books at cold preserving temperatures and film reels at even colder ones?
Our upcoming documentary, Cold Storage, uncovers an ecosystem of laser scanners, UV fly zappers, cherry pickers and a mezzanine of machinery. It shows a place where books are sorted not by the methods of Dewey or those of the Library of Congress but by size.
In this trailer, take a peek inside the expansive interiors where our story begins and stay tuned for the debut of our experimental and interactive documentary this summer, which will enable you to explore the HD as a lens by which to examine the cultural and technical dimensions of libraries. The work of metaLAB will present itself alongside the projects of students from this past Spring semester’s Humanities Studio 1 course, for which I served as a member of the teaching team.
This project conceptualized and funded through my work at metaLAB.