This year, Kevin MacDonald will meditate on the uses of the archive. Perhaps he will discuss the economic benefits of youtube or the role that professionals can play in saving (us from) our amateurs.
The trouble with memorials and memorial lectures is that they take lack as a point of departure. They try to pay a debt (not make a profit or build a new product). They owe something (to history, memory, and ghosts).
BFI should skip the memorial. Surely, MacDonald can only increase the weight of our historical burdens.