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Hello from a New ICI Intern!

Monday, June 22nd, 2015




My name is Lizzy, I will be a junior at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, this Fall. I am a Studio Art Major and am making pieces using the laser cutter at school in combination with the printing press and more traditional printmaking processes. This Summer I will be working here at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry as an AIDS Chronicles Intern! This will be my first time working closely on a project of such depth; the AIDS Chronicles have been in the making for over twenty years.

In addition to working at the ICI I have an internship with Libertine, a fashion label and clothing line by Johnson Hartig. I will mainly be helping with preparations for New York Fashion Week.

In the spare time I’m hoping to catch up on some fiction reading this Summer. I’m making my way through Everyday is for the Thief by Teju Cole, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino and Dave Eggar’s You Shall Know Our Velocity! so far.

More to follow on my work at ICI!



Meet Rachel

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Archival Intern

aka “Wilson”

As the newly-minted archival intern for the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Rachel is just starting to break into the crazy world of alternative archiving.

When she isn’t busy being jealous of people who can grow facial hair, you can often find Rachel cooking elaborate meals for herself or standing in a museum waiting for you to ask her what she thinks.  While a full-time student and part-time renaissance woah-man, Rachel enjoys watching British television, eating baked goods, reading Lucky Peach, traveling the world, and cataloging the world’s ephemera.

In the future, you can expect to find Rachel tending bar at her very own dinner sinema and feeding you the best damn apple pie in the Northwest.  And if she isn’t making you happy with food, spirits, or genre film, you can bet she’s camping somewhere in the Black Forest with her best friend, a German vintner with a crude sense of humor.  Because that’s the kind of future Rachel imagines, the best kind.


Seeing is not Perceiving

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

“[T]hey may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding” — Parable of the Sower, Mark 4:12 (NIV)

Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting an artist’s studio in preparation for ICI’s upcoming spring exhibition. Without giving too much away, upon seeing the works, and speaking with the artist, I have been left to philosophize on the line between truth and perception or rather between sight and reality; a curiosity that has been further intensified by a recent visit to PHENOMINAL at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

In conjunction with the theme, “phantom worlds,” this quandary is especially intriguing. Is what we see around us genuine? Do we perceive the true form of our surroundings? Is there a secondary reality that we are being denied access to as a result of limited knowledge or access? How much do we really know about our world or anything else for that matter?

In the words of The X-Files, “the truth is out there”, but whether or not we’ll know it when we see it is yet to be seen.

Opening my eyes and mind to new ideas of perception


A Look into the Past, Present, Future

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Approximately a year ago, I first began my journey with the ICI as the Public Imaging/Social Media Intern.  I am now back for the summer as the Social Media Fellow, and it feels very strange (in a good way) to be writing on this blog again, seeing as how it was my final project last year.

In my recent discussions with Lise, we talked about how the ICI’s relationship with the Internet has come a very long way over the course of a year.  In the beginning of my internship last year, there were many debates over which social media networks to use and how to go about the transition to the web.  Now, the ICI not only has active Twitter and Facebook pages, but it has also incorporated various Internet tools for its projects.  The ninth iteration of the 100/10 project is coming up and will be livecasted via the ICI website; the tenth iteration of the project will be fully online-based!

In the past year, I have also gone through many internal changes.  Upon the completion of my first summer with the ICI, I went on a study abroad endeavor in Wales for my undergraduate junior fall semester.  As I encountered a culture that, at first glance, seems very similar to America yet has so many subtle differences, I was constantly challenged to reflect upon my ways of thinking and ponder upon new ideas.  The exposure I had to the ICI – and all that I learned from it last summer – encouraged me constantly to exercise my critical thinking skills, to put new cultural concepts I encountered into my own laboratory to be probed and analyzed.


I feel so lucky to be back here in the ICI again.  I missed the place so much – I sincerely look forward to the challenging and stimulating visions, concepts and ideas that we will surely encounter in my 2 months here.

Curatorial Internship

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

My name is Gina Caprari, and my journey to and within the Institute has been a particularly rambling one—after a couple of rounds of applying for intern positions and then spending some time volunteering with the gift shop, I now serve as a curatorial intern and have supported the never-dull 100/10 project in sundry administrative and creative ways. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an English Literature degree, I traveled and studied for four months in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I met family and worked to solidify my Castellano. I was spending this year working at a small Science Technical Medical publishing company editing manuscripts and managing its online journalism sector when I began putting in time at the ICI, and the think tank here has proven to permeate much of my personal life and even future plans.

I supremely enjoy just working within the Institute’s walls, where one can often feel the energy glowing. The library, ephemera, laboratory, exhibit space, and miscellaneous collection have bred such intriguing insights in just the short time I have been acquainted with the ICI, and that makes me excited to watch and see what happens here in the future.

I leave for San Francisco in the fall to begin a graduate program in English Literature, but I hope to keep well in touch with Institute productions while I’m away. At present, I’m happy to contribute some of the bare bones tasks that maintain a collection like this one, and it is always a pleasure to watch affiliates’ and visitors’ reactions to and interactions with the Institute.