Caitlin Denny



Archival Projects

The following are projects I have initiated or worked on in some capacity in regards to the archival field.


Heated Hardware: Preserving Video Image Processing Instruments

My thesis for UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies revolved around the preservation efforts for video image processors (or video synthesizers). 

I will be presenting this paper at the 2018 Center for Visual Music Symposium at Sonoma State University this August 14th - 16th, 2018.


The Kathy Hansen-Butler Film Collection

In 2017 I acted as archival liaison for filmmaker Kathy Hansen and the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.

Kathy Hansen (now Kathy Hansen-Butler), born in Seattle, Washington, has lived in various parts of the world and now resides in Fairfield, Iowa with her husband Bob Butler.

Her film collection represents works she made as an undergraduate at Stanford University and afterwards with Entheos Communication Corporation, (a creative co-operative founded by Steve Wilson and Kathy Hansen), between the years of 1968 and 1972.


Frontier Fellow at Epicentre: Archiving Green River

The Frontier Fellowship provides creative professionals the opportunity to live and work with Epicenter in Green River, Utah (pop. 952), for two to eight weeks. From this rural place and in the context of the frontier, Fellows generate new work that is informed by the residents of Green River and the surrounding desert landscape. Epicenter, a design studio instigating positive change through community-based projects and programs, facilitates Fellowships throughout the year. 

I was a Frontier Fellow at Epicenter in September 2017. I helped locals digitize hours of VHS tape footage, which will become a separate project in the near future.


Ken Kesey Film Collection Digitization

I spent two years, from 2016 - 2018, cleaning, repairing, digitizing, editing and describing roughly 200 reels of 16mm film and magnetic audio tape with the aid of Zane Kesey, the UCLA Film & Television Archive. All digitization could not be done without the help and guidance of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. 

My upcoming feature film, Atlantis Risenwill be using footage form this collection.



Desert Archive Days: High Desert Test Sites

In 2015 I received a grant through High Desert Test Sites to produce a community archiving event in Yucca Valley, California. Desert Archive Days is a program of High Desert Test Sites, a non-profit arts organization of Joshua Tree, California. The project is an artist and archivist led initiative to assist, support and collaborate with small, underfunded and often under staffed archives, libraries, collections, organizations or other groups that may hold document repositories. We seek to apply archival standards to collections, and projects within collections, that need help to reach the public at large. In involving artists in this program, we hope to in turn produce new work that will then be archived by these institutions as well as be added to the arts repository of High Desert Test Sites. 


Archiving Ghost Ship

This document is an attempt to help archive the creative and personal legacies of those who were lost at Ghost Ship in Oakland on December 2nd, 2016. These basic guidelines, best practices and suggestions are formulated in this shareable document specifically designed for use by the families and family friends directly impacted by the tragedy. 

Visit Help Ghost Ship

Please email me directly to see this document or inquire further.

caitlinedenny at gmail dot com