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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 required

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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

Live-stream available
In-person: Registration required

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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

Live-stream available
Screening of the online lecture at the venue: Registration required

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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

Live-stream available
In-person: Registration required

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Thomas brHarrison


From Material to Symbol, to Model: The Bridge

Lecture, 3 Jul 2023, 19:30

This lecture will present the bridge as a structure of interconnectivity by which one passes from one form or familiarity to another. The bridge is a model of communication. By locking two into the space of one, it enables thought and the experience of the social. Interdisciplinarity and transculturality also depend on bridges, approachable with lesser or greater degrees of enthusiasm.

Part of the ICI Lecture Series Models

Live-stream available
In-person: Registration opens on 20 June 2023

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Amelia brJones


Performing Absence as Intervention: The Case of Lee Lozano

Lecture, 7 Jul 2023, 19:30

The artist has long been understood in conventional Western art history, art criticism, and curatorial practice as the site of active agency, as the origin of the meaning and value of the work of art. By the later 20th century, during a period of social crisis across Europe and North America, however, theorists such as Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida put pressure on this model.

An event of the Collaborative Research Centre 1512 ’Intervening Arts‘ and the DFG-research training group ’Cultures of Critique‘ in cooperation with ICI Berlin

In-person: Registration opens on 20 June 2023

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ICI Berlin
17–18 November 2023
In English

The keyword for this year’s World Picture Conference is ‘models’. It stages a collaboration with the current ICI Research Project, which reflects upon modelling practices across different fields, with a particular focus on the role of reduction and its critical potentials.

For further details of that project, please see

Papers to be delivered should be 20 minutes in length. Please email an abstract (250–500 words) and a short bio to by 30 June 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid-July.

Keynote Lecture: Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum/ICI Berlin)
Keynote Performance Lecture: Vaginal Davis (Berlin)

World Picture Conference in cooperation with ICI Berlin

Organized by Veronica Fitzpatrick (co-editor, World Picture/Brown University), Manuele Gragnolati (Sorbonne Université/ICI Berlin), Christoph Holzhey (ICI Berlin), Jules O’Dwyer (co-editor, World Picture/Cambridge), Brian Price (co-editor, World Picture/University of Toronto), John David Rhodes (co-editor, World Picture/Cambridge), and Meghan Sutherland (co-editor, World Picture/University of Toronto), Elizabeth Wijaya (co-editor, World Picture/University of Toronto)

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Selamawit brD. Terrefe

D. Terrefe

Race, Power, and the Psyche: Violence at the Corridors of Psychoanalysis
Hans-Christian brDany


Model MA-1: The Bomber Jacket as a Shifting Object of Projection
Esther brHutfless


Die unvollendete kopernikanische Revolution