Every Ten Minutes Cassette by Robert Farber


EK ACCESSION #: ICI 21686 TITLE: Every Ten Minutes (audio cassette tape) DISCUSSION: A project by Robert Farber for Visual AIDS on Day Without Art in 1992. There was no sound on the tape except for a gong that rang every ten minutes – the … Continue readingEvery Ten Minutes Cassette by Robert Farber

LIBRARY SHELF: Serial Killers


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 the crucial sites where private … Continue readingLIBRARY SHELF: Serial Killers

ICI Technic: Incantation


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 that the casting of spells … Continue readingICI Technic: Incantation

Ephemera Kabinett: Mourning Pins


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 periods of mourning. They are … Continue readingEphemera Kabinett: Mourning Pins

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 presence inverts the usual concept … Continue readingEPHEMERA KABINETT: 1945 photograph of Köln after WWII allied bombing

EPHEMERA KABINETT: Sebald’s Grave Holes


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. Only when the group returned … Continue readingEPHEMERA KABINETT: Sebald’s Grave Holes



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: Last Line (12-03-11); First Line … Continue readingLIBRARY SHELF: BLUE

Flowers at Chimayo


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 temporary memorials, those placeholders for … Continue readingFlowers at Chimayo