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LIBRARY SHELF: Hide and Seek

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Shell, Hannah Rose; Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography and the Media of Reconnaissance (2012) ICI Shelf: Barthes’ Tear FIRST LINE: “Here’s one way of not showing up.” LAST LINE: “What predators, real or imagined, might be revealed by a stenciled outline?” ICI … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Camouflage

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Leach, Neil; Camouflage (1996) ICI Shelf: Current Project First Line: “In his movie Zelig, Woody Allen depicts a character, Leomard Zelig, who quickly assimilates to those around him, growing a beard in a matter of seconds when surrounded by men … Continue reading

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This is Bedlam

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A small plaque on the side of the Great Eastern Hotel in London marks the site of the old Bethlehem Hospital. The sign obscures the other name for the site. As W. G. Sebald schooled us in Austerlitz, at this … Continue reading

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The Red Hand

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A red palm print near an otherwise immaculately maintained doorway in Santa Monica. It resists inclusion in the visual marginalia that defines most urban sites. The red palm is the sign of the gypsy, of the palm reader, of the … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: List of Known World War II-era Dormant Swiss Bank Accounts

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Accession #: ICI-21300

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Associates of the ICI

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We are the Associates of the Institute of Cultural Inquiry.

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Florentine Codex

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When the Franciscan friar Bernardino de Sahagún set out to record the world of the Aztecs in 1540, he complained about “hidden meanings that are unrecognizable.” In Book X of his 12 volume Florentine Codex, written in native Nahua with … Continue reading Continue reading

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ICI Research Team

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The ICI Associates contemplate the contents of the Manual of Lost Ideas. Parts of the Manual were eventually published in the ICI’s second major title, Benjamin’s Blind Spot: Walter Benjamin and the Premature Death of Aura. You can explore the … Continue reading

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ICI Corporate Seal

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When we became incorporated in the state of California we received an embosser with our corporate seal. We never understood the intended use of the seal but over the years we have experimented with the embosser on a number of … Continue reading

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Research Team – Manual of Lost Ideas

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The ICI Research Team for the Manual of Lost Ideas.

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