Category Archives: Ephemera Kabinett

The Ephemera Kabinett holds unclassifiable cultural detritus including: unpublished manuscripts, souvenirs from cultural sites and events, research notes from forgotten bodies of knowledge, and a number of the Institute’s smaller collections, cataloged under such topics as Dust; the Creaturely; Any Space Whatever; and What Photography Wants. Housed in an old sheet music cabinet, the contents of the Kabinett are constantly being moved from drawer to drawer based on current ICI interests and a shuffling process that occurs after each new addition. Our definition of ephemera is located somewhere between the more obscure term ephemeris, that denotes a record or daily journal, and Bucky Fuller’s concept of ephemeralization, whereby the rate of obsolescence of any object is directly related to the speed by which the parts of that item can be recycled into new machines or contrivances. In this way the Ephemera Kabinett is not just a record of the past but a toolbox for a future rushing to meet us. You can see more items in our Ephemera Kabinett on our pinterest page.

EPHEMERA KABINETT: Make a Plan, Be Prepared

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Accession #: ICI-22299 Title: Make a Plan Be Prepared Description: Promotional poster for the Zombie preparedness guide issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) ICI Location: Ephemera Kabinett (digital) ICI History:  APOCALYPSE rhizome on the ICI Laboratory Blog (07/15) BACK TO APOCALYPSE GRID  

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: One life is Too Short

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Accession #: ICI-22298 Title: One Life is Too Short Description: “The Lives They Lived”, New York Times Magazine, December 28, 2014 ICI Location: Ephemera Kabinett ICI History:  APOCALYPSE rhizome on the ICI Laboratory Blog (07/15) BACK TO APOCALYPSE GRID

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Berlin Wall

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Accession #: ICI-21759 Title: Pieces of the Berlin wall Description: One large and one small piece of the former Berlin Wall ICI Location: Ephemera Kabinett ICI History:  APOCALYPSE rhizome on the ICI Laboratory Blog (07/15) BACK TO APOCALYPSE GRID

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Film Strip – 12 Weeks to Survival

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12 Weeks to Survival Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT), (ca.1970.) Notes: Part of the ICI’s extensive film strip collection; filmstrip lacks narrative text; context of title unknown. ICI LOCATION: Ephemera Kabinett ICI HISTORY: APOCALYPSE rhizome on the Laboratory Blog (07/15) Accession Number: ICI-21450 … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: You Say You Want a Revolution

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ACCESSION #: ICI-21203 Title: You Say You Want a Revolution Description: A photo of the twin towers about 9/11/01 Location: Ephemera Kabinett  

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Ephemera Kabinett: Time Cigarettes

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Accession Number: ICI-21770

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Drawers of the Ephemera Kabinett

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Drawers of the Institute’s Ephemera Kabinett – 2013 1955       2001       ANY SPACE WHATEVER       ARCHIVE       ATLAS CAMOUFLAGE       COLD LIGHT      CREATURELY       DAVID WILSON DUST       ECHOLALIA       EQUIVALENCIES       FATA MORGANA GAP       … Continue reading

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Interviewing the Dead: Sebald’s Words

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The Searching for Sebald project was a landmark event for the ICI because it opened the door to a whole new toolbox for doing creative research. Sebald’s bricolage gave us permission to “play” more than we usually do. In this … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Masonic Pin

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Accession #: ICI 22062 Title: Mason Pin

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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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