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LIBRARY SHELF: Serial Killers

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Seltzer, Mark; Serial Killers: Death and Life in America’s Would Culture (1998) ICI Shelf: Body First Line: “Serial Killing has its place in a public culture in which addictive violence has become not merely a collective spectacle but one of … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Our Vampires, Ourselves

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Auerback, Nina; Our Vampires Ourselves (1995) ICI Shelf: Body Last Line: “They will awaken; they always have; as Stoker’s Dracula boasted, time is on their side.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (10-07-14) Accession #: ICI-00643  

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Work of Mourning

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Derrida, Jacques The Work of Mourning (2001) ICI Shelf: Barthes’ Tear Accession #: ICI-00328 First Line: “One must always go before the other…one friend must always die first.” Last Line: “…this is what, I tell myself, I today would have … Continue reading

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ICI Technic: Incantation

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In a memorial service for one of our founding associates, cigars, food, money, and a healthy shot of whiskey were used to conjure up Papa Legba, the spirit guardian of the Crossroads. Incantation derives from Middle English, from the Anglo-French enchanter, reminding us … Continue reading

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Ephemera Kabinett: Mourning Pins

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Accession #: ICI 22061 Title: Victorian-era Mourning Pins Discussion: Matchbox-sized case of black-tipped mourning pins made in Germany for the American and English markets sometime during the nineteenth or early twentieth century. These pins were used to attach veils during … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: 1945 photograph of Köln after WWII allied bombing

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ACCESSION #: ICI-22214-d TITLE: “What Remains” DESCRIPTION: Aerial view of Köln, Germany c. 1945. This northern German city endured over 1,000 bombings during World War II. Remarkably, the medieval cathedral at the center of the city withstood this bombardment. Its haunting … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Sebald’s Grave Holes

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Title: “Sebald’s Holes” Description: Photo field document from an ICI Interpretive Field project – Searching for Sebald. Many photos were taken on that trip, some of which seem to come from deep memories that had yet to form in consciousness. … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: BLUE

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Jarman, Derek Blue: Das Buch zum Film (1994) ICI Shelf: London First Line: “You say to the boy open your eyes” Last Line: “I place a delphinium, Blue, upon your grave.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed: … Continue reading

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Flowers at Chimayo

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This permanent memorial at Chimayo, New Mexico evokes the language of the roadside shrine.  The permanence of the ceramic calla lilies is undermined by a thin sheet of cellophane wrapped around the bouquet. Its haphazard embrace borrows the language of … Continue reading

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The Ur-Sign: a graveyard in East Anglia

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The Greek word for ‘sign’ is sema, which is also the word for ‘grave.’ For the Greeks the grave was the ur-sign of signification for it ‘stood for’ what it ‘stood in.’ The sema points to something only present through … Continue reading

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