Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country (2015)

Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country (TRT: 54min)

by Daniel Tucker

Ten years after his death and 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Ronald Reagan’s departure from the office of the President of the United States, this work grows out of an interest in the continued echoes of a speech delivered by Reagan following the end of his Governorship in California on August 19th, 1976 at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. In this speech Reagan talks of the difficulty he found in writing a letter for a time capsule to be sealed in Los Angeles and opened one hundred years in the future. Departing from this moment Future Perfect explores Reagan’s future-oriented science fiction imagination and rhetoric through visits to Reagan-inspired monuments and time capsules throughout California.

The video has been screened at Veggie Cloud (LA), Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Slought (Philadelphia), Interference Archive (Brooklyn), Spaces (Cleveland), and the Galleries at Moore (Philadelphia). The video was profiled in The Baffler magazine by Rick Perlstein and also received some coverage Hyperallergic, Geekadelphia,  New Santa Ana, the Humboldt Country Times Standard, the Redwood Times, and the Orange Country Register.

An exhibition of the work-in-progress was held at Commonwealth & Council in Los Angeles. Lectures about the project in development were held at College of the Redwoods and California Institute for the Arts during The Tenth Annual International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place Conference. The project also included the development of a time capsule with Grand Central Art Center  and Santa Ana Public Library. Here is the signage on displace at GCAC:

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Some blogposts detailing the process of working on the film were produced by the Grand Central Art Center in December 2013May 2014 and July 2014.

Production Credits

  • Interviews: Cheryl Eberyl, Manny Escamilla, Belen Gomez, Peter Hannaford, Dr. EC Krupp, Tim Rush, Cindy Hooper
  • Director: Daniel Tucker
  • Editor: Valerie Keller
  • Camera: Daniel Tucker
  • Additional Camera: Emily Forman and Steve Rowell
  • Music: Tim Kinsella and Todd Mattei
  • Funding: The work was made possible through support of the artist-in-residence program of Grand Central Art Center – a unit of California State University, Fullerton, with partial funding support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.Thank you in particular to John D. Spiak and Tracey Gayer.

The full video is available here:

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