How to use this site:This is the virtual site of laboratory research and play at the Institute of Cultural inquiry (ICI). Click on a theme in RHIZOMES to see how disparate parts of the ICI archive are joined together around a fleeting thought or by a slip of the eye or the shutter. Click on a subject in ICI CONNECTIONS to see how recurring concerns coalesce around recurring themes or click on a place in the ICI ARCHIVES to see the raw material of our collections. TAGs below each post reveal hidden relationships between objects, thoughts, and interpretations.
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Category Archives: Hidden in Plain Sight/
A red palm print near an otherwise immaculately maintained doorway in Santa Monica. It resists inclusion in the visual marginalia that defines most urban sites. The red palm is the sign of the gypsy, of the palm reader, of the … Continue reading
EK ACCESSION#: ICI-21768 TITLE: Newspaper Ad in a Seattle Newspaper seeking volunteers to test an HIV vaccine. DISCUSSION: An ad found in a Seattle ‘give-away’ journal from the late 1990s. To our eyes, the visuals seemed bold and adventurous, perhaps a … Continue reading
When we became incorporated in the state of California we received an embosser with our corporate seal. We never understood the intended use of the seal but over the years we have experimented with the embosser on a number of … Continue reading
This is our favorite photo from the documentation of our research trip to Tinkertown, an outsider artist project in New Mexico and we use it as both beacon and salvo for our own project even though (or maybe, because) it’s … Continue reading
This is a sound mirror in Denge, UK. Over the years we have continually bumped up against these concrete ears. Their initial 1920s function (to hear approaching enemy aircraft) was quickly usurped by advances in radar but the mirrors have … Continue reading