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Mary S. brMorgan

Mary S.

Model Narratives

Lecture, 30 May 2023, 19:30

The models of scientists – to be found in their diagrams, equations, maps, and even machines – can be understood as their representations of phenomena in the world. But when we look back into how scientists created those models, we often find processes of narrative-making: scientists, in seeking to understand their part of the world, create narratives about how it might work.

Part of the Lecture Series Models

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Translation, Mediation, brPower

Translation, Mediation,

Symposium, 12 Jun 2023, 15:00 - 21:00

Translation can be understood in different ways: as a practice, a concept, a technique, a method, a site of contestation. This symposium is especially interested in the unsettling potential of translation as a form of mediation that can either re-enact or challenge structures of power.

With Dilek Dizdar, Iracema Dulley, Özgün Eylül İşcen, Jamille Pinheiro Dias, Evren Savci, Niloufar Tajeri, and Ayşe Yuva

Live-stream partially available
In-person: Registration will open on 30 May 2023

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Animal Fantasies between Art and Madness

Symposium, 14-15 Jun 2023, 14:00 - 21:00

From the late 1960s onwards, Brazilian artist Lygia Clark (1920–1988) developed a series of unstable and manipulable sculptures that she named bichos — ‘beast’, ‘animal’, or ‘critter’. These unconventional objects constituted a turning point in Clark’s artistic trajectory as she progressively moved away from the Neo-Concrete Movement, shifting her focus towards the frontier between artistic and clinical practice.

Organized by Delfina Cabrera, Marlon Miguel, Elena Vogman

An ICI Berlin Event in cooperation with the research project ‘Madness, Media, Milieus. Reconfiguring the Humanities in Postwar Europe’ (Volkswagen Stiftung/Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)

In-person: Registration will open on 30 May 2023

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Stella do Patrocínio´s Chatter

Staged Reading & Artist Talk, 15 Jun 2023, 19:00

Stella do Patrocínio (1941-1992) was hospitalized in 1962 in the psychiatric hospital Colônia Juliano Moreira in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 21. In the asylum, where she remained until her death, she developed her unclassifiable falatório, a performative, poetic, violent, critical, and prophetic chatter, centering around bichos as one of the main and disruptive figures.

With Yvonne Sembene (performer) and Carla Guagliardi (artist)

Part of the symposium Bichos

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Xiaowei brWang


Rendering Intelligence: Biomedical Datasets and the Impossible Image

Online Lecture, 19 Jun 2023, 19:30

The impossible image describes the botanical illustrations crucial to building the British Empire, and the ways botanical drawings emerged as a moral model. Wang will draw the connections between the impossible image of botanical illustrations and the traces of the impossible image in current understandings of generative AI.

Part of the  ICI Lecture Series Models

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In-person: Registration will open on 30 May 2023

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Metaversebr Landscapes


Technology and Territory

Discussion, 28 Jun 2023, 19:30

Coming out of what the New York Times has called a long tradition of innovation and impunity that marks the Silicon Valley, how can one understand the entrepreneurial and territorial politics of the Metaverse and related developments in the digital sphere?

With Simon Denny, Svitlana Matviyenko, and Fred Turner

Organized by the Centre for Digital Cultures of Leuphana University Lüneburg in cooperation with the ICI Berlin, in conjunction with the Stanford-Leuphana Summer Academy 2023

In-person: Registration will open on 30 May 2023

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Cover Kishik

Self Study

Notes on the Schizoid Condition
David Kishik

ICI Berlin Press, 2023

Open Access

Former Fellow David Kishik just published his genre-bending work of autophilosophy. It opens a rare, rear window into the schizoid position of self-sufficient withdrawal and impassive indifference. This inability to be enriched by outer experiences feeds the relentless suspicion that hell is other people. Laying bare his life and work, Kishik engages with psychoanalysis, philosophy, and cultural inquiry to trace loneliness across the history of thought, leading to today’s shut-in society and the autonomous subject of liberal capitalism.

Paperback 12,00 €

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Orit brHalpern


Neural ‘Freedoms’: Population, Choice, and Machine Learning
Esther brHutfless


Die unvollendete kopernikanische Revolution
The Politics of brBeginnings

The Politics of

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