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Category Archives: Field Work Document
In 1980, Braco Dimitrijević built an engraved slab into the pavement outside the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. This photo was taken in January of 1992. Dimitrijević’s critique of history relies not only on language, the usual fodder of sign systems, … Continue reading
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
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
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)
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