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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.

Organized by Anna Kipke, Iryna Kovalenko, Laura Rogalski, Beate Söntgen, Simon Teune, Annette Werberger and Mimmi Woisnitza

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 required
Maggie brNelson


The Forms Things Want to Come As

Lecture & Reading, 12 Jul 2023, 19:30

What is the relationship between the content of an idea and its shape on the page? To examine such questions, Maggie Nelson will read from a variety of her works and think about how they relate (or don't) to poet Robert Creeley's famous contention, 'form is never more than an extension of content'.

Live-stream available
In-person: Registration required

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Maggie Nelson in conversation with David Kishik

Book Presentation, 13 Jul 2023, 19:30

David Kishik’ s Self Study (ICI Berlin Press, 2023) is a genre-bending work of autophilosophy. It opens a rare, rear window into the schizoid position of self-sufficient withdrawal and impassive indifference. David Kishik will read from his book, followed by a conversation with Maggie Nelson and a Q&A with the audience.

Organized by ICI Berlin Press

Live-stream available
In-person: Registration required

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Summer Recess 23

Recess 2023

17 Jul – 10 Sep 2023

The ICI Berlin will be in summer recess from 17 July on.

We thank our fellows, staff, associates, cooperation partners and all the friends of the ICI Berlin and wish everyone a pleasant summer and a relaxing break. We will resume our public activities after the beginning of the new academic year on 11 September.

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KV Coding Utopias


ICI Berlin
28-29 September 2023
In English

Is it possible not to treat utopia merely as a model of abstract futurity based on escapist projections of a harmonious ideal? What happens when utopia is conceived not only as a way of imagining a better future but also as a way of intervening in the present by addressing the past? Can utopia welcome ambivalence, disquietude, paradox, opacity, and uncertainty?

For further details please see the event page.

Proposals for 20-minute paper presentations are invited. Also welcome are proposals for interventions through other creative formats, including though not limited to performances, exhibitions, screenings, and conversations.

Please email a 200-word proposal and short bio to by Monday, 17 July 2023. Notifications of acceptance will be sent at the beginning of August. The symposium organizers intend to offer a small sum to help fund participants’ travel to Berlin, especially early career participants or those without other financial support.

An ICI Berlin event organized in collaboration with the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut at Freie Universität Berlin and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

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Selamawit brD. Terrefe

D. Terrefe

Race, Power, and the Psyche: Violence at the Corridors of Psychoanalysis
Translating Politics brinto Art and Literature in the Arab World

Translating Politics
into Art and Literature in the Arab World

With Fawwaz Traboulsi
Hans-Christian brDany


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