This Could Be a Place of Historical Significance


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, but on the forms we … Continue readingThis Could Be a Place of Historical Significance



Leach, Neil; Camouflage (1996) ICI Shelf: Current Project First Line: “In his movie Zelig, Woody Allen depicts a character, Leomard Zelig, who quickly assimilates to those around him, growing a beard in a matter of seconds when surrounded by men with beards, and changing his … Continue readingLIBRARY SHELF: Camouflage

EPHEMERA KABINETT: Book Burning Memorial in Berlin


 Title: Memorial to Nazi Book Burning in Berlin Description: The memorial was created by Micha Ullman to commemorate the Nazi-initiated book-burning event on May 10, 1933. The memorial is simple, a glass covered hole in the middle of a large plaza reveals four white, empty … Continue readingEPHEMERA KABINETT: Book Burning Memorial in Berlin

EPHEMERA KABINETT: Holes in Art and Life


TITLE: “Hole in  the window at MCASD, La Jolla” DESCRIPTION: Photograph document from PST exhibition LOCATION: Photo Cabinet DATE: 2011 DISCUSSION: By cutting a hole in a museum’s existing window, the artist (quite literally) creates a rupture in art’s institution(s). But he does so much more. … Continue readingEPHEMERA KABINETT: Holes in Art and Life



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

The Sign of the Masons


The main entrance of the Great Eastern Hotel in London offers a ‘sign’ that is hidden in plain sight. Even though it was left off the hotel’s official floorplan, three bricked in windows act as a visual sign for a Freemason’s temple built into the … Continue readingThe Sign of the Masons

This is Bedlam


A small plaque on the side of the Great Eastern Hotel in London marks the site of the old Bethlehem Hospital. The sign obscures the other name for the site. As W. G. Sebald schooled us in Austerlitz, at this same place, “the insane and … Continue readingThis is Bedlam

Max Sebald’s Signature


  As a form of written language, the signature is, in theory, a symbolic sign. Its relationship to the person who creates it is arbitrary and based totally on convention and cultural practice. In reality, though, the signature is a very special form of written … Continue readingMax Sebald’s Signature