The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects

Project Description

This collective aims to construct a knowledge commons through and about media and technoscapes, framed by women’s voices and experiences.


The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects (IiS) is a transnational feminist collective of artists, writers, and researchers. The collective opens multiple spaces and modalities for learning and knowing, including artists’ projects, visual and sound experiments, in-person guest lectures, public workshops, video installations and screenings, as well as online experiments in participatory knowledge sharing and annotation. IiS has been working together collaboratively since 2013 on scholarly, artistic, and educational endeavors, with an emphasis on engaging and sharing transnational feminist and im/migrant perspectives across disciplines, institutions, and global territorial boundaries.

The collective pursues questions like:

  • What are the relationships between digital spaces and global racialism/racism, gender, and labor politics?
  • How do we trans nationally exchange visual cultures and social justice through media and technoscapes?
  • In what ways could contemporary artists and researchers intervene to (re)define landscapes of knowledge?


Primary Researchers

Dalida María Benfield

Dalida María Benfield


Research and Programs

Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, United States

Project Posts

Massive and Microscopic Sensemaking Call

Massive and Microscopic Sensemaking Call

Call for Expressions of Interest As the world grapples with the fallout from the pandemic of 2020, people everywhere struggle to deal with everyday challenges. [there are struggles but also the renewal of old hobbies, finding...