Past Core Projects

The expression ‘tension’ appears in manifold contexts with diverse meanings. We speak of social, religious, electrical, sexual, and creative tension. In all these cases, tension refers to a static but unstable state. Such a state is on the verge of a dynamic process that may be destructive as well as productive. Tension provides the condition for transformations, but determines neither their beginning nor outcome. As a state of undecided potentiality, tension promises us agency and demands our involvement, while also captivating us aesthetically. By exploring the critical role of tension, the ICI’s inaugural project also seeks to reflect upon the Institute’s mission. More details on the core project Tension/Spannung.

The project began in October 2007. In 2010, it started its focus on Kippbilder / Multistable Figures, in 2011 on Complementarity and in 2012 on Wholes Which Are Not One. The focus for 2013-14 was Constituting Wholes.

From September 2014, the core project is ERRANS.


In addition to online video documents of events, outcomes of the core project included the publication of books and edited issues.


The ICI Berlin developed a number of series specifically for the core project Tension/Spannung, including:

Core Project Events

Within the frame of its core project, the ICI Berlin organized events in a variety of formats.

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