Category Archives: Things that Glisten/

Alludes to the Aztecs classification of the world that combined animal, plant and man under categories like: ‘things that glisten.’ It reminds us to fight the tyranny of the taxonomy, to fight our own classifying impulses.

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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LIBRARY SHELF: The Templars’ Secret Island

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Haagensen, Erling and Henry Lincoln. The Templars’ Secret Island: The Knights, the Priest and the Treasure (2002) ICI Shelf: Paracelsus Last Line: “The Prize may be greater than we know.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (12-31-12)

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LIBRARY SHELF: The Supernatural

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Hill, Douglas and Pat Williams. The Supernatural (1965) ICI Shelf: Paraclesus First Line: “In 1956 Life magazine introduced some traditional but dressed up American ghost stories with the caption: “The old beliefs die hard, even in this Skeptical age.”” ICI … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: LA Times with story on Saddam Hussein’s Spider Hole

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ACCESSION #: ICI 21527 Title: “Hussein Captured,” L.A. Times (12/13/03) Description: Newspaper front page describing the discovery of Hussein in a “spider hole.” Location: Ephemera Kabinett Discussion: In nature, the trapdoor spider hides in his hole-nest until it leaps out to … 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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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Last Supper Mints

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ACCESSION #: ICI 21811

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Florentine Codex

thumbWhat happens when we apply western constructs to non-western archives?

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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Mnemosyne Atlas

WarburgSebald, Dean and Warburg explore the power of the Archive.

The Archive figured prominently in the ICI’s third title, Searching for Sebald: Photography After W. G. Sebald. In her essay that considered the work of Tacita Dean and Joseph Beuys through the prose fictions of W. G. Sebald, Christa-Maria Lerm … Continue reading Continue reading

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