Category Archives: ICI Methods and Techniques

Over the years we have developed some techniques or technics as we have named them. Technics are tied to malleable process, not a systematic step-by-step procedure. Due to their flexibility and mutability, a certain technic might be employed for each project toolbox even though resulting objects/systems/events may look very different from one another.

ICI Technic: Discovery

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Discovery is the cornerstone of all we do here at the ICI but is especially important to our processes of visual research. Almost all our projects have emerged from a small disruption or an accumulation of slips – in vision, … 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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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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ICI Technic: The Gift

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We began to create projects to bring focus to the AIDS pandemic over 20 years ago. Born out of feelings of loss and rage, these projects challenged us to abandon our long held beliefs about art. Rejecting notions of artist … Continue reading

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ICI Technic: Miniaturization

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As Susan Stewart has proposed, the miniature operates at the place of origin—the childhood of the self—creating an “interior temporality of the subject,” a place for private contemplation. When the physical dimensions of material ideas are decreased, so too are the … Continue reading

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ICI Technic: Shuffling

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During the research phase of Searching for Sebald, we developed a number of technics that have been easily adapted to other ICI projects. One of the most playful takes the visual material of the project at hand and refashions it … Continue reading

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ICI Technic: Data Collection

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Data Collection is sometimes undertaken before a research ‘question’ is in mind. Some materials are collected because their physical presence is absorbing and compelling. Other times we encounter objects or their fragments that disrupt our current belief systems even when … Continue reading

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ICI Technic: Disrupted Vision

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The Enlightenment brought a paradigm shift from monocular to binocular vision and with it an understanding that ways of seeing involve issues of focus but also, we believe, a growing understanding that with focus some elements will be “out of … Continue reading

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ICI Technic: Diagramming

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As visual thinkers, we often resort to the impromptu diagram to help bring us through a conceptual morass. Through the years, we have taken this conceit one step further in our belief that our nascent theories and philosophies should lend … Continue reading

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ICI Technic: Bricolage

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Since many of us are trained artists, we are well-versed in the language of collage and have used its principles (along with its postmodern addendums) for many of our projects. In actuality, our recombination techniques have aligned more often with … Continue reading

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