ICI Technic: Discovery


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, in speech, in word, thought, or meaning that has caught us off guard, arriving most often at inopportune times but never without open arms. Whereas research in science is often driven by a problem or a proposition, more often we find our inspiration in hunches and parapraxes; in hiccups of vision, in hearing, in touch, or a small tear in that which we hold dear—a book, a photo, an idea. This disruption catches us off guard and nips at our heels like a family dog, as Joseph Beuys once described the preliminary process that leads to the production of new thought.





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