• Mathilde Rosier, Blind Swim 14, 2017
    Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri. Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

The Women’s Factor

A think tank research project

The Women’s Center for Excellency is a think tank tasked to asses, develop, and propose new social languages and methods to understand the role of women in the arts, culture, science and technology, as well as in all knowledge areas that are entangled with the field of culture today.

The project is a joint venture with Grażyna Kulczyk and Art Stations Foundation CH, an institution founded by Grażyna Kulczyk that will open the doors of Instituto Susch at Muzeum Susch in Engadine in late 2018. Entangled by a common interest in reviewing the role education in the arts plays to define the language and position of women, the research aims to situate crucial historical and current questions, to produce a form of teaching and debate around the subject, and to publish and explore how this work can be displayed, shared, and generously developed in forms of future, equal coexistence.

The main aim of the research pivots around a simple question: how can we do things differently? Our premise is to fundamentally change gender relations, to create a new universe of concepts, of images, of norm, of laws, of sensations that—in an ideal situation—will express joy, not only of women, but of all. And we believe that art—and not political science or anthropology—is the perfect field to begin this different «sensing of the world», and are dedicated to exploring the conditions of this new contract of genders. We need to imagine this as the year to «exercise» total engagement with all sorts of speculative forms. Research is a trial, a method to bring together many fields, not only art, but law, technology, language…



Master symposium

10 – 11 October 2018, public symposium
12 October 2018, for Master students only
Aula D 1.04

Symposium with guests Stefanie Hessler, Natascha Sadr, Hannah WeinbergerAlexandra Navratil, Julieta Aranda, Elise Lammer, Emily Ding, Laura Miriam Leonardi, Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf, Camille Aleña, Axelle Stiefel, Katharina Brandl, Lhaga Koondhor, Raffaela Naldi Rossano und Mareike DittmerModerated by Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer.

A two-day meeting among artists and practitioners to pose questions on the position of women in the arts, moderated by Quinn Latimer and Chus Martinez, this symposium inaugurates a long-term research collaboration with Instituto Susch / Art Stations Foundation CH and the Art Institute in Basel.

Is there any beginning that can proceed without questions? We don’t think so. And yet: Should the queries concern gender, the question of women, and transgender issues? Should questions of masculinity also be asked? And are these general enquiries similar to those queries that follow us to work, within (and without) the arts? Are practical questions relevant, those that redefine our thinking on the matter? Are old and new feminist concerns—arising from a spectrum of feminisms—adequate to cover the entire spectrum of questions that we may need to ask? Are these queries an exercise we may desire as well as a protocol we may embark on to test the “equality health” of specific (professional and personal) situations? Do you think you can avoid having to deal with all these issues? Are you afraid of talking? Does the sound of your own voice give you pleasure or make you wince? How much money do you want to earn? Do you think your career will continue to rise in the near future? Are you afraid of your own desires? Is it better to remain mute or to disclose your ambition, even if, many times, you seem to not find the words to express it?

The symposium is part of the Women’s Center for Excellency at Instituto Susch, a joint venture with Grażyna Kulczyk and Art Stations Foundation CH.

But Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise

by Chus Martínez

e-flux Journal #92, June 2018

I am under the impression that when a woman reaches a certain position, all the privileges that this position has implied historically are already gone. It is very often the case that a woman’s arrival at a high level of influence within an organization is also an indicator of an internal crisis that is going to affect the whole organization. It is often said that there is an increase of women directors at mid-sized institutions (like Kunstvereine in Germany, Kunsthalles, and other non-for-profit structures) and yet this abundance is accompanied by talk of an institutional crisis, and a negative development of the budget and the staff, together with a demand of the newly appointed women directors to compensate for the lack of third-party funding for the institutions. […]

Read full article on: e-flux.com/journal/92/204117/but-still-like-air-i-ll-rise