Current Opportunities

Employment Opportunities 

CONTENT MANAGER

The Institute of Cultural Inquiry is also currently seeking a part-time employee to manage content on our website. Please send a letter of inquiry to info@culturalinquiry.org before submitting a full application.

Internship Opportunities 

The Institute of Cultural Inquiry offers a number of internships throughout the year. Over the years, we have partnered with schools and organizations such as The Getty Foundation, OTIS College of Art and Design, and the University of California, Los Angeles to provide hands on experience in a number of art-related areas, including curation, archives, and publishing.

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The ICI is offering multiple internship opportunities for spring/summer 2017:.

SOCIAL MEDIA / WEB DESIGN (INTERN/FELLOW)

DESCRIPTION: The Intern will help administer and enrich the ICI’s virtual spaces on their rhizomatic website and linked social media outlets. This in an ideal position for someone who wants to integrate their basic web programming and/or design skills with a strong organizational philosophy. This is a great portfolio-building opportunity and may become a more permanent paid position for the right applicant.

REQUIREMENTS: Must possess a creative, flexible outlook and enough basic graphic design and web programming skills to administer and grow our WordPress-based website. Rudimentary skills in html is a plus, but not necessary. More importantly, we are looking for a creative individual who is energized by the Internet’s potential to reflect and impact contemporary culture.

EVENT COORDINATOR – AIDS CHRONICLES (INTERN/FELLOW)

DESCRIPTION: This opportunity will place special focus on production related to the AIDS Chronicles project. Basic production includes reading, collating, painting, and cover design/production, as part of a multi-step process. The Intern may also help to archive/ digitalize completed pages and AIDS related ephemera and obituaries in conjunction with Institute’s AIDS repository. More information about the AIDS Chronicles project can be found at: http://www.culturalinquiry.org/blog/past-projects/aids-chronicles-3.

REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidate is highly organized, independent, and self-motivated, with a keen attention to detail. Must have the ability to maintain focus and consistency while generating avenues for research and maintaining accurate project files. Strong verbal and writing skills are also a must.

PRODUCTION ASST. – AIDS CHRONICLES (INTERN/VOLUNTEER)

DESCRIPTION: This opportunity will place special focus on production related to the AIDS Chronicles project. Basic production includes reading, collating, painting, and cover design/production, as part of a multi-step process. The Intern may also help to archive/ digitalize completed pages and AIDS related ephemera and obituaries in conjunction with Institute’s AIDS repository. More information about the AIDS Chronicles project can be found at: http://www.culturalinquiry.org/blog/past-projects/aids-chronicles-3.

REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidates are independent, curious, self-motivated, flexible and zen, with a keen attention to detail. Must have the ability to maintain focus and consistency while working independently for prolonged sessions. Familiarity with painting techniques and artistic practices is highly desirable but not required

PRODUCTION ASST. – MONKEY HEAD PROJECT (INTERN)

DESCRIPTION: The Intern will assist with production for a small run of handmade facsimile editions in conjunction with With Everything but the Monkey Head, an ICI project focused on exploring the field of visual research. This will be a largely hands-on position though attention may also be given to digitization, blog postings, supply/background research, and organizing material for past and future iterations of the project. Light writing may also be required.

REQUIREMENTS: The ideal candidates are independent, curious, self-motivated, and flexible, with a keen attention to detail and the ability to problem solve. Must have the ability to maintain focus and consistency while working independently for prolonged sessions. Familiarity with bookbinding techniques, book repair, digital imaging, and artistic practices is highly desirable but not required.

Interviews began on immediately and will continue until positions are filled

For more information about interning with the ICI, you can download a copies of the Summer 2017 ICI Internship Flyers here and here.

Visualist-in-Residence Opportunities

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The ICI offers “Visualist-in-Residence” (VIR) opportunities at the Institute’s Los Angeles site. The residency provides artists, art theorists, writers, and other visual researchers and cultural producers with an environment oriented towards the production of knowledge inside a well-equipped study and production facility.

There will be no new residencies for the 2017 season, while we critically evaluate the past 5 years of the project through a series of discussions, displays, and public forums.

For more information about the VIR project please visit: http://www.culturalinquiry.org/blog/activities/2014-visualist-in-residence-project

Call for Editorial Fellows at ICI Press

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We are currently seeking editorial fellows to work closely with guest editors on an upcoming ICI publication centered on photography. We encourage inquiries from individuals who have a good command of written and spoken English, who like to write, and who have some basic understanding of editing and publishing protocol. We encourage inquiries from scholars or practitioners who want to gain valuable experience from the publishing process and who like to think outside the box (and the book form).

Please send a letter of inquiry to info@culturalinquiry.org before submitting a full application.

ICI Curatorial Projects

Applications are being accepted from curators and other visual researchers to bring their cultural investigations, analyses, examinations, and experimentations to the ICI’s virtual and physical display spaces for projects on a rolling basis. The curator’s project should be conceptualized around ICI research practices including: Field work and Data Acquisition; Research and Analysis; Manipulation, Experimentation and Production; Public Presentation and Publication. In addition, the project should engage psychically or physically with the topography of the ICI space either through an active engagement with objects from the ICI library and Repository or through manipulation of the ICI physical or virtual spaces. These spaces might include the Library, the laboratory, the garden or patio, and/or one of the many virtual sites on the ICI website or social media pages. The Institute will offer research and display spaces along with planning assistance, manpower, publicity and limited financial assistance to help realize the curator’s project.

Our definition of ‘curator’ is expansive. We encourage applications from artists, writers, scholars and serious tinkerers who work in mediums or with ideas that typically fall outside traditional fine art genres.

Please send a letter of inquiry to info@culturalinquiry.org before submitting a full application. 

Community Service

We are happy to mentor high school and college students interested in doing community service with an arts-related organization. For-credit opportunities are also available.

For more information on community service, contact us: info@culturalinquiry.org

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