The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects

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

Project description

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

Core Faculty, Vermont College of Fine Arts, United States

Latest Updates

The politics and ethics of curating others’ memories

Brief reflections on the power of the curation process, as it inevitably carries our own moral codes, furthering our particular ethics. The only way through this tangle is to understand that the point of all of this is not to create The Museum but to engage citizens in a process through which they can think about their own memory-making tendencies.

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Building a conceptual frame for MoRM

Our everyday lives are shot through with questions of politics and history; and now perhaps we need to rethink the Museum’s purpose as providing the space for framing and reflection of each of our relative positions to these larger questions. How, then, to refine our prompt, our approach generally, and develop the role of Museum staff, all towards greater social inquiry and political discovery?

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Migratory Times

The Institute of (im)Possible Subjects is pleased to announce Migratory Times, an international art, research, and education initiative that will be our focus in 2016 and 2017.

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Decoding the Codex

Based on an understanding of the contemporary forms of the codex – decoding the codex – the group works on collective research-based practices in unfolding architectures of information and the construction of new strategies and social forms of information sharing.

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