• «Promise no Promises!» Master-Symposium, Oktober 2018
    Natasha Sadr, Chus Martinez, Mareike Dittmer, Quinn Latimer, Stefanie Hessler

  • «Promise no Promises!» Master-Symposium, Oktober 2018
    Emilie Ding, Camille Aleña, Selina Grüter, Chus Martinez, Michèle Graf, Hannah Weinberger, Stefanie Hessler, Laura Miriam Leonardi, Axelle Stiefel

  • «Promise no Promises!» Master-Symposium, Oktober 2018
    Stefanie Hessler

  • «Is Technology Sexist» Master-Symposium, Oktober 2017
    Shusha Niederberger

  • «Is Technology Sexist» Master-Symposium, Oktober 2017
    Shusha Niederberger

  • «Is Technology Sexist» Master-Symposium, Oktober 2017
    Paul Feigelfeld & Matylda Krzykowski

  • «Is Technology Sexist» Master-Symposium, Oktober 2017
    Paul Feigelfeld & Matylda Krzykowski

  • «Is Technology Sexist» Master-Symposium, Oktober 2017
    Paul Feigelfeld & Emily Segal

The Women’s Factor

A think tank research project

The Women’s Center for Excellence 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.

Promise No Promises:
The Podcast!

The Art Institute and Instituto Susch / Art Stations Foundation CH launch a new joint podcast series

Promise No Promises is a podcasts series produced by the Women’s Center for Excellence, a research project between the Art Institute and the Instituto Susch—a joint venture with Grażyna Kulczyk and Art Stations Foundation CH. The Women’s Center for Excellency is conceived as a think tank tasked to assess, 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 interconnected with the field of culture today.

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Listen to the podcast on the Art Institute’s website
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PROMISE NO PROMISES!

Master symposium

→ to the podcast

10 – 11 October 2018, public symposium

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.

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
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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

Is Technology Sexist?

Master-Symousim
On Media, Post-humanity and the Role of Gender in
the development of a new Media Practice

October 11–13, 2017 
Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel

Guests: Alan Bogana, Raffael Dörig, Paul Feigelfeld, Hannes Grassegger, Mavie Hörbiger, Matylda Krzykowski, Shusha Niederberger, Filipa Ramos, Emily Segal, Who writes his_tory?

Hosted by: Chus Martínez and Paul Feigenfeld

The symposium includes two public sessions (days one and two) as well as an internal workshop for Master’s students only (day three).

Artists have largely been concerned with questions that the technology industries consider secondary: What role do women play in the development of technology, and how has technological change affected the roles of women and ideas of gender? How does technology offer possibilities for new social relations and how should we evaluate these possibilities?

A series of experts—local and international—will present and discuss the relevance of gender, race, class, and sexuality in today’s understanding of technology and the development of new technological tools. We consider the art context—and the educational context of the academy—ideal to introduce these questions to a larger audience interested in how art and culture may help neutralize an un-
critical approach to media, its presence in our everyday lives, and its contribution to a more equal social future.

Media technologies are a crucial part of our future, and neither an antagonism towards nor celebration of them allows us to better understand what they are and, more importantly, how we act around them. Art has played a seminal role in discussing and contesting the politics of media. Since media, media tools, and technology are representational-based languages, it is not surprising that art and artists were among the first communities to pay attention to the new forms of gender and race relations they provide and confront us with.

The symposium is intended to introduce ideas, but also practical examples, images, works by artists, as well as best practices that address a different use of the media, as well a new user language.

—> PDF of the whole program