Category Archives: Field Work Document

These field work documents are gathered during our Interpretive Field Projects (IFP), journeys to foreign sites that jumpstart new ICI research topics. With few plans other than a starting location, a string of confluent events and ‘travel guides’ chart the rest of the journey yielding a wealth of uncontextualized raw material for the ICI repository. The interpretive aspect of the IFP occurs once we have returned home and often after a large gap of time. Past IFPs have included: The Origins of Madness (Vienna, Buttenhausen, Gugging, Salzburg); It Takes Two Traumas to Make a Trauma (Auschwitz, Berlin, Amsterdam); Cults (Graceland, Carlsbad, Tinkertown, Bibleland); Searching for Sebald (East Anglia, London, The Hague) and An Inconvenient Camera (Gränna, Sweden; London and Berkeley).

EARTH SAMPLE: Grave of Rabbi Loew, Prague

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Accession #: ICI-21614

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EARTH SAMPLE: Venice, Italy

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Accession #: ICI-21644

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EARTH SAMPLE: Somerleyton Maze, Suffolk, United Kingdom

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Accession #: ICI-22209

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Traveling Images from Sebald’s Rings of Saturn

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Images from W. G. Sebald’s Rings of Saturn, refashioned into traveling postcards.  

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Earth Cabinet: Chimayo dirt

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TITLE: Photo of the ‘dirt hole’ at the Sanctuary in Chimayo, New Mexico (c. 1994). DESCRIPTION: Photo of ‘dirt hole’ inside the sanctuary. Since the 1900s, the dirt has been linked to numerous miraculous cures. Over 1/4 of a million people … Continue reading

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ICI Method: Copying

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In art schools near and far, it is still a tradition for young artists to copy the masterworks of art history in oils on canvas.  The comparable tradition has, for the most part, died out in the training grounds of literature, … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Traumbagger’s Ur image

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TITLE: “Dreaming” DESCRIPTION: An iconic image from Axel Forrester’s archive that has figured prominently in ICI mythology. Donor: Lise Patt ICI LOCATION: Photo Cabinet ICI HISTORY: Laboratory Blog: HOLES (revisited) rhizome (12/2012)

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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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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Gates of Hell

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Title: The Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan” Description: A hole in the earth that has burned continuously since 1971. In that year a group of geologists accidentally tapped into a deposit of natural gas. A hole quickly developed as the … Continue reading

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Changed Priorities

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Saussure tells us that no sign makes sense on its own but only in relation to other signs. The value of a sign is determined by the relationship between signs in the system as a whole. He notes the French … Continue reading

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