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Institute of Cultural Inquiry

Los Angeles, United States

The ICI explores the visual methods used to document, categorize, expose, and conceal the events that define contemporary culture. Many ICI projects focus on long-standing mechanisms that through time have become lost, forgotten, or suppressed. Other ICI activities focus on current methods of thought that operate almost invisibly because they are so commonplace. Objects of interest to Institute Associates have included photographs taken by W.G. Sebald, newspaper articles about AIDS, a manual of lost ideas, found footage from a 1945 film, sound mirrors, the Narrenturm, mystic writing pads, and dream-dredging devices. Systems and methods of thought that have guided Institute research include excavation, curation, hypnotism, souveniring, animal and botanical revisionism, ventriloquism, divination, aerial navigation, and museum installation. We invite you to browse through some of the books from our library.


Left Behind

December 12, 2019

Lab Book #7: Pam Posey

September 29, 2016


February 27, 2015

Lab Book

December 10, 2014

Visual research brochure

January 20, 2014

The Little Prince

January 20, 2012

The AIDS Bottle Project

November 23, 2011


December 2, 2010


December 2, 2010


December 2, 2010

Ashes and Snow

December 2, 2010


October 26, 2010

Die Ringe Des Saturn

October 15, 2010


October 15, 2010

A Beautiful Life

October 12, 2010