Online Performance and Discussion: Domestic Optimism, 17 Jun 2020, 18:00
ICI Berlin, Christinenstr. 18/19, Haus 8, 10119 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 473 7291 10 - - How to find us

For the time being, the ICI’s programming will continue in a variety of online formats. You can find the exact modalities of each event on the dedicated event page at the ICI website.
Unknown brLanguage


with Huw Lemmey
Online Reading, Discussion, 10 Jun 2020, 18:00

Long before the collapse of the Information Age, in the twelfth century since the appearance of the prophet Christ, young Hildegard of Bingen finds grace in the ruins of her medieval world. In this story of survival and miracles, Hildegard encounters love, both queer and divine, and great peril. Unknown Language is a mutant fiction of speculative mysticism, featuring time travel, visions and inner paths to outer space.

There are two ways to attend:
Public livestream with the possibility to ask questions via chat. 

Video-meeting with the possibility of audiovisual participation in the discussion (registration required)

Organized by Amelia Groom

Domesticbr Optimism


With Emma Wolf-Haugh
Online Performance, Discussion 17 Jun 2020, 18:00

Colonial aesthetics, obscenity trials, masculine hysteria, crime scene photography, sexology, the production and obfuscation of the lesbian throughout modernity, and the contemporary collapse of post-war social housing projects, all intersect in Domestic Optimism, a critical queer and working class reading of architecture, furniture, and modernist aesthetics.

Video-meeting with limited number of participants, please register online.
Please note that there will be no public livestream of this event.

Organized by Amelia Groom

Supported by The Project Arts Centre, The Grazer Kunstverein, The Irish Arts Council, IMMA 1000, and Askeaton Contemporary Arts

Dante's brModernity


An Introduction to the Monarchia. With an Essay by Judith Revel
ed. by Christiane Frey, Manuele Gragnolati, Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Arnd Wedemeyer

Cultural Inquiry, 16
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2020

Open Access

Claude Lefort, one of the most prominent political philosophers of the twentieth century, reads Dante’s Monarchia, showing the surprising relevance of this radical fourteenth-century treatise that defends the necessity of universal monarchy and its independence from the Church for modern political theory.

Petrolio 25 anni dopo

Petrolio 25 anni dopo

ed. by Carla Benedetti, Manuele Gragnolati, and Davide Luglio
Macerata: Quodlibet, 2020

Released only 17 years after the author’s assassination, Pasolini’s Petrolio faced bitter controversies, which did not help its understanding. Exploring the entanglements of political and economic power of those years, the novel’s aesthetics has inspired biopolitical reflections and contemporary queer aesthetics.

Online Lecture Fay


Thinking on Film with Arendt and Cavell
Nadine brHartmann


Hashtag Confessions: What Can Psychoanalysis Say About #MeToo?
Didier brDebaise


Nature and Its Others. The Invention of a Political Force