This program is part of the Critical Jamming series, presented by the ICP Lab. The ICP Lab is a new home for visual storytellers to experiment with technology and create interactive and immersive experiences.

The 90s. It was an era of hope bracketed between the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989) and the fall of the two World Trade Center towers (2001). New aspirations of politics, technology, and culture gradually vanished, prefigured by the dark conspiracy theories of The X-Files and The Matrix, where the known world is an illusion.

In an active roundtable, moderators and speakers will introduce different angles and stories around the theme of reality disintegrated. Through references to pop culture, counterculture, and activism, they will rebuild the zeitgeist of an era in an oblique, improvisatory fashion. This conversation will offer a post-modern magnifying glass in which to reflect upon the times we live in. In an effort to activate this exchange, the audience will be invited to participate through responses, comments, and suggestions.


  • Matthew Carson, ICP Head Librarian and Archivist
  • Bernard Yenelouis, ICP Librarian


  • Aron Morel, London-based indie publisher 
  • Janette Beckman, photographer
  • Nick Waplington, artist and photographer
  • Cathy de la Cruz, writer and member of the riot grrrl movement and Sister Spit
  • Avram Finkelstein, artist, writer, and activist
  • Carlo McCormick, senior editor of Paper
  • Guy Martin, photographer

This is a free event, but please register in advance.

About Critical Jamming

The term “critical jamming” refers to combining of the sharing of knowledge with a rhythm. It induces the importance of a collective experience. In Critical Jamming events, part of the ICP Lab, moderators and speakers share different angles and stories around a theme; their words are supported by visual and audio references. These events produce an inclusive and inviting space for the audience to witness and take part in the conversation. The critical jamming experience explores new forms of communication. It doesn’t aim to find answers, but rather to raise more questions.

ICP’s Center for Visual Culture and accompanying programs have been made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation.
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