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From Solar Futures br to Future Solidarity

From Solar Futures
to Future Solidarity

Symposium, 23 Oct 2023, 16:00-21:00

The sun has been a continuous element of utopian imagination — as a cultural form, an ideological power, and a spiritual force. The energy of the sun keeps the planet functional, regulates the metabolic rhythms of plants and animals, and is part of a contemporary global capital of technological and economic power. 

Angela Anderson, Amanda Boetzkes, Michela Coletta, Ricardo Jorge Gafeira, Gökçe Günel, Kai Koddenbrock, Michael Marder, and Oxana Timofeeva

Organized by Sara Castelo Branco and Claudia Peppel

Further Venues:
Exhibition at ACUD MACHT NEU
Film screening at Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art

An ICI Event in cooperation with Bard College Berlin

At the venue: Registration required

Dynamics of brthe Intransitive

Dynamics of
the Intransitive

Underdirected Dimensions

Conference, 9-10 Nov 2023

The annual conference of the collaborative research centre Intervening Arts (SFB 1512) ‘Dynamics of the Intransitive: Undirected Interventions’, is dedicated to artistic procedures and practices that do not pursue an explicit political or critical agenda but that nevertheless, or precisely as a result, draw forth their specific potential for intervention. As guiding aspects of such interventions, improvisation, obstinacy, and objectlessness will be explored.

Organized by SFB 1512 Intervening Arts, FU Berlin

Further Venues: 
Volksbühne Berlin, Roter Salon
Haus 13 Pfefferberg

At the venue: Registration will open on 24 October 2023

In English and German

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World Picture Conference

Conference, 17-18 Nov 2023, 9:30-21:00

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.

Keynote by Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky (Bochum/ICI Berlin)
Lecture performance by Barry Johnston

A World Picture Conference in cooperation with Cambridge Film & Screen and ICI Berlin

Organized by Veronica Fitzpatrick, Manuele Gragnolati, Christoph Holzhey, Jules O’Dwyer, Brian Price, John David Rhodes, Meghan Sutherland, Elisabeth Wijaya

At the venue: Registration will open on 1 November 2023

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Ankhi brMukherjee


Unseen City: The Psychic Lives of the Urban Poor

Lecture, 28 Nov 2023, 20:00

In this talk, Ankhi Mukherjee will discuss the genesis of the idea animating Unseen City, an experimental and interdisciplinary work drawing on her collaboration with public sector mental health trusts and hospitals, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and social workers in six global cities.

The lecture series is a cooperation of the Berlin Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (BiPP), the Cultural Science Institute of the Humboldt University

Livestream available
At the venue: Registration will open on 14 November 2023

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Worlding Love,
Gender, and Care

Shigeko Kubota’s Sexual Healing
Franziska Koch

Worlding Public Cultures
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2023

Open Access

Sexual Healing (1998), a pioneering video by Shigeko Kubota (1937–2015), provides shock therapy rather than a teasing cure. It presents an ambivalently framed view of her disabled husband Nam June Paik (1932–2006) in physical therapy. Fluxus humour and the groundbreaking video work of both artists notwithstanding, the video puts pressure on the epistemological boundaries of Art History. It pointedly engages the nexus between love, sex, and care in old age with a feminist worlding, thus opening our eyes to questions of affect, authorial power, and gender in artistic collaboration.

Paperback | 10 EUR

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Untying the
Mother Tongue

Ed. by Antonio Castore
Federico Dal Bo

Cultural Inquiry, 26
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2023

Open Access

Untying the Mother Tongue explores what it might mean today to speak of someone's attachment to a particular, primary language. Traditional conceptions of mother tongue are often seen as an expression of the ideology of a European nation-state. Yet, current celebrations of multilingualism reflect the recent demands of global capitalism, raising other challenges. The contributions from international scholars on literature, philosophy, and culture, analyze and problematize the concept of ‘mother tongue’, rethinking affective and cognitive attachments to language while deconstructing its metaphysical, capitalist, and colonialist presuppositions.

Paperback | 15 EUR
Hardcover | 30 EUR

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Cover War Torn

War-torn Ecologies, An-Archic Fragments: Reflections from the Middle East

ed. by Umut Yıldırım

Cultural Inquiry, 27
Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2023

Open Access

This volume identifies a conceptual intersection between war, affect, and ecology from the Middle East. It creates a counter archive of texts by ethnographers and artists, and enables divergent worlds to share a conversation through the crevices of mass violence across species. Delving into vital encounters with mulberry trees, wild medicinal plants, jinns, and goats, as well as bleaker experiences with toxic war materials like landmines, this volume expands an ecological sensorium that works through displacement, memory, endurance, and praxis.

Paperback 19 €
Hardcover 36 €

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Self brStudy


Maggie Nelson in Conversation with David Kishik
Maggie brNelson


The Forms Things Want to Come As
Mary S. brMorgan

Mary S.

Model Narratives