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.
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?
Dalida María Benfield
Research and Programs
Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, United States
This 2020 video artwork, Algorithmic Gesturing, troubles the idea of singular connections between memory and archives as well as the ethics of changing data formats.
Post by Annette Markham, 10 November 2020: This year illuminates many things about the power of microscopic actions and decisions on the ground among everyday people to make impact on issues and systems that are massive, overpowering, or seemingly unchangeable. Among...
Articles that study lived experience of COVID-19 through the lens of digital ethnography and autoethnography
In these video clips, Anne Harris and Annette Markham think aloud about the process, next steps, and ‘where we’re at’ in the Massive_Microscopic_Sensemaking project.
The immediate and overwhelming level of interest is a powerful indicator of how much people really want to connect with others to try and make sense of this strange time of global trauma. The process we put in place is experimental and collaborative:
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...