Monday, December 05, 2016

A Lost Snippet of Eames'"Think", Found in a Home Movie Shot in 1964

Robert Anen, a second-year graduate student in New York University's Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) MA program, made a discovery during his summer 2016 internship at Indiana University (IU) Libraries that will help the Library of Congress restore a landmark multimedia production.
"Think" (1964) by Ray and Charles Eames was shown across 22 multi-sized screens at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. According to the Eames' website, "visitors were lifted 53 feet" into the IBM Pavilion's Ovoid Theater to view Think, which "explored problem-solving techniques for issues both commonplace and complex."
The New York World’s Fair introduced computer technology to millions of visitors, particularly at the IBM Pavilion. Rachael Stoeltje, director of IU Libraries’ Moving Image Archive, describes what these pavilion visitors might have experienced. "Think was more than innovative, it was historic. It intermixed motion pictures and slide projections with a live emcee.”
Now, more than 50 years later, a newly discovered home movie in the Edward and Naomi Feil Collection at IU Libraries’ Moving Image Archive is helping the Library of Congress bring Think back to life.

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The multi-sized screens at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair (ph.credits: EamesOffice).