• Podcast Promise no Promises!

  • Natasha Sadr, Chus Martinez, Mareike Dittmer, Quinn Latimer, Stefanie Hessler

  • Camille Aleña, Chus Martinez, Quinn Latimer, Elise Lammer

  • Natasha Sadr

  • Emilie Ding, Chus Martinez, Quinn Latimer, Alexandra Navratil

  • Stefanie Hessler

  • Hannah Weinberger, Laura Miriam Leonardi

  • Master-Symposium «Promise no Promises!»

  • Chus Martinez, Quinn Latimer

  • Emilie Ding, Camille Aleña, Selina Grüter, Chus Martinez, Michèle Graf, Hannah Weinberger, Stefanie Hessler, Laura Miriam Leonardi, Axelle Stiefel

Promise No Promises!

Podcasts series produced by the Womxn’s Center for Excellence

A collaboration between the Art Institute HGK FHNW in Basel and
Instituto Susch / Art Stations Foundation CH with Grazyna Kulczyk

Promise No Promises! is a podcasts series produced by the Womxn’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 Womxn’s Center for Excellence 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.

The notion of the voice is a crucial one in the historical development of women’s consciousness and their position and agency in society. How to discern when women are speaking in their own voices goes hand in hand with the question of how to know who we are and doing what we really want to do. The spoken and the unspoken are two dimensions of the inquiry into «who benefits from our silence or what are the effects and consequences of our voices?» Mostly unspoken practices of gender-based exclusion and discrimination favor the interests of others.


Promise No Promises! 
Feminism Under Corona

The podcast Promise No Promises! now continues with a special Feminism Under Corona chapter. Over the next few months ten new episodes arise from conversations between curator and writer Sonia Fernández Pan and guests from different artistic disciplines and areas of research and life practice. Beyond simple answers or solutions, this series of personal conversations is an attempt to point out different directions, feelings, expectations, sequels, and individual stories in times of the current crisis provoked by Covid-19. It is also a tool for a collectively inhabited feminism when not only gender, class, and race imbalances are reinforced, but are even becoming more visible in the current situation.


30. Feminism Under Corona.
Renewing the Script

The fifth episode is based on a conversation with interdisciplinary artist Melanie Jame Wolf, whose work critically circulates within the flow of immaterial capital by using the performative condition and potential of our identities. The conversation between Sonia Fernández Pan and Melanie Jame Wolf incorporated some of the many elephants in the (art) room, such as social class, age, or “undisciplined” bodies in the field of performance, dance, and choreography. It was also an opportunity to talk about social networks and the inevitable perverse functioning of symbolic capital in and through them. As Melanie Jame Wolf points out, contemporary social networks enable a construction of personas similar to those that formerly used to happen in the media space of music videos. Pop is a fundamental component of her artistic and vital practice, including many attributes, gestures, behaviors, and objects associated with a type of femininity that was and still is stigmatized by some sort of feminist thinking that denies the sensual and pleasurable dimension of bodies. One that does not include sex workers and their concerns within its political agenda. But can any “feminism” that does not take into account all the factors of the complex and effective relationship between privilege and oppression even be called “feminism”? What is the meaning and use of essential points in a performative reality? The Gaze, written in capital letters, which Melanie Jame Wolf incorporates into her text as a kind of character within her story, also infiltrates feminism in the manner of a judge who determines the validity or appropriateness of those bodies that are not only gazed at but are continually surveilled – and at the same time, surveilling themselves and others. But just as scripts in conversations exist to deviate from them, so do social scripts exist to be renewed and consequently refused.

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29. Feminism Under Corona.
Survival in Motion

This episode is based on a conversation with Ana Garzón Sabogal, who lives and works in Colombia. In her practice she is operating with the close encounter between art, collaborative learning, activism, and free culture, and is member of Más Arte Más Acción, together with Alejandra Rojas Giraldo. Their practice includes a feminism which stems from the critical conscience and from the understanding of feminist practices as depending on the material conditions of each context, of each community and of each person. The same applies to the political question of language, because of the enormous need to learn, to know, to listen to and share other voices during this pandemic and beyond. This is a work that Ana has done together with many people from the different collectives she is part of, translating texts into English in order to be able to share with peers and people from other cultural contexts the current thinking and making that are happening now in Colombia. If conversations could be translated into objects, perhaps this encounter between Sonia Fernández Pan and Ana Garzón Sabogal could be a toolbox full of acts of survival in constant motion.

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28. Feminism Under Corona.
Radical Sociability

The title of the third episode Radical Sociability from the Feminism Under Corona series refers to a recent lecture by artist, curator, writer and radio producer Lou Drago in which they were unfolding the complexity of the relationship between identity politics and the current and growing division of the Left. As a way of overcoming the divisive effects of identitarianism, they propose “to enact an intersectional affinity-based politics.” In order to avoid the dynamics of the current “cancel culture,” so present and constant in social networks, Lou Drago’s proposal is based on calling-in rather than calling-out. This conversation between Lou Drago and Sonia Fernández Pan navigates through issues and situations such as the binary understanding of reality, gender abolitionism, the naturalized and somehow hidden ideology of language, xeno-feminist desires, queer as a methodology and constant practice of unlearning, different personal experiences produced by Covid-19, and the different political events of the last weeks as a result of the forms of violence caused by structural racism.

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27. Feminism Under Corona.
The Monogamy of the System

The second episode entitled The Monogamy of the System is a continous exchange with author and activist Brigitte Vasallo about the consequences and instrumentalization of the pandemic by governments, corporations and people in power. In order to shake up some common considerations about love and monogamy, this conversation aims to expand their meaning beyond the commonplace and romantic ideas which seem to be even more predominant in the current situation of personal and political isolations.

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26. Feminism Under Corona.
A one flavor reality

The first episode of Promise No Promises! Feminism Under Corona is a continuation of a conversation with artist Ran Zhang about the effects and consequences of Covid-19 in a reality that is also mutating despite the confinement of our bodies being locked at home.

“The first conversation I had about Covid-19 with the artist Ran Zhang took place in Paris at the end of January 2020, on the occasion of her exhibition Resolution of Traits at the independent art space L’ahah. The virus that had caused a new disease, first in Wuhan and China, was now appearing in France and by then no longer an alien entity but instead becoming a European reality. Despite the many speculations we shared in Paris, neither Ran nor I imagined that the outcome would be a global pandemic and confinement. But already then, we felt the awakening of Western prejudices about the Chinese community.


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25. Amorphophallus

With the third symposium Women on Earth we were seeking to understand the relations between feminism and species coexistence. The issue of nature—and of all that is naturalized or deemed unnatural by hegemonic discourses and policy—is of particular importance to gender issues, as is science. But a scientific and technical approach to the climate emergency cannot be accurate without taking into consideration how gender, racial, and economic violence foster our emergent ecocides, nor by how women—often poor and Indigenous women—are overwhelmingly at the forefront of this violence as the very first recipients of. What kind of political and cultural transformation must occur to make these entanglements obvious and of vital concern? How to counter this violence in all its manifold forms?

In this episode artist Rossella Biscotti presents a body of works dealing with ancient storytelling and both biological and psychological phenomena like growth and resilience, reconstructing obscured moments and examining the recovered materials from today’s perspectives.

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24. Violence

With the third Symposium Women on Earth we were seeking to understand the relations between feminism and species coexistence. The issue of nature—and of all that is naturalized or deemed unnatural by hegemonic discourses and policy—is of particular importance to gender issues, as is science. But a scientific and technical approach to the climate emergency cannot be accurate without taking into consideration how gender, racial, and economic violence foster our emergent ecocides, nor by how women—often poor and Indigenous women—are overwhelmingly at the forefront of this violence as the very first recipients of. What kind of political and cultural transformation must occur to make these entanglements obvious and of vital concern? How to counter this violence in all its manifold forms?

In this episode Neha Choksi, Sophie Jung and Tanya Busse and Emilija Škarnulytė (New Mineral Collective) discuss with Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer ways of dealing with violence and aggression both on artistic and institutional level.

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23. Counterprospective

With the third Symposium Women on Earth we were seeking to understand the relations between feminism and species coexistence. The issue of nature— and of all that is naturalized or deemed unnatural by hegemonic discourses and policy — is of particular importance to gender issues, as is science. But a scientific and technical approach to the climate emergency cannot be accurate without taking into consideration how gender, racial, and economic violence foster our emergent ecocides, nor by how women — often poor and Indigenous women — are overwhelmingly at the forefront of this violence as the very first recipients of. What kind of political and cultural transformation must occur to make these entanglements obvious and of vital concern? How to counter this violence in all its manifold forms?

In this episode Neha Choksi and Tanya Busse and Emilija Škarnulytė (New Mineral Collective) introduce their artistic practices and present alternative ways of engaging with environmental and social questions.

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22. Pearls of Wisdom
Disputaziuns Susch
The Magicians of the Mountains

This episode has Mark Sadler and Jörg Heiser sharing pearls of wisdom concerning the grammar of painting, architecture of philosophy and notions of freedom. And suddenly, the horizon is opening up wide.

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21. Breaking the Waves
Disputaziuns Susch
The Magicians of the Mountains

The third episode in the series of chapters from Disputaziuns Susch, an annual conference scheme hosted by Art Stations Foundation CH and Grażyna Kulczyk, has Elisabeth Bronfen looking at Virginia Woolfe’s Breaking the Waves and comparing Woolfe’s feeling of ‘walking a tightrope over nothingness’ to Heidegger’s notion of individual existences as ‘being thrown’ into the world. Also the horizon (see episode two) is returning to the debate.

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20. Point of View and Horizon
Disputaziuns Susch
The Magicians of the Mountains

The second episode of the series of chapters from Disputaziuns Susch, an annual conference scheme hosted by Art Stations Foundation CH and Grażyna Kulczyk, has Timotheus Vermeulen analyzing opposing positions: Where Cassirer believes that his point of view projects the horizon; Heidegger believes that we are thrown into a horizon, which means the horizon is there before us or rather, in his terms, with us.

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19. Big Bang
Disputaziuns Susch
The Magicians of the Mountains

The first episode in a series of chapters from Disputaziuns Susch, an annual conference scheme hosted by Art Stations Foundation CH and Grażyna Kulczyk, has Aleksandra Mir imagining an artist and a scientist sitting on a train where a conversation ensues about objective realities, space exploration, negative space and belief.

Disputaziuns Susch, from the beginning in 2017, has been a multi-disciplinary annual endeavor, bringing together scholars and artists, philosophers and authors, neuroscientists and historians – thinkers who will be asking questions and counter questions – in its 2019’s editions circling around the possibilities for universal truths versus a relative view of human temporality and finitude, rational thinking and the notion of men as ‘symbolic animals’, creating a universe of symbolic meanings, versus our being-in-the-world, perceiving the world via our relationship to time. Taking the Davos disputation in 1929, between Ernst Cassirer and Martin Heidegger, as a starting point, this ‘continental divide’ (as Peter E. Gordon called it) or ‘Weggabelung der Philosophie’ as per Henning Ritter – 90 years ahead, in Susch, 40 minutes away from Davos, once again in times of disorientation, disillusion, with radical movements on the rise, we are repeating the question that led the historical debate: Was ist der Mensch? What is it to be human? This vast theme is broken down into several more specific discourses, concerning especially the relationship of philosophy, politics and art.

Diputaziuns Susch 2019 speakers were: Grażyna Kulczyk (founder and president of the board, Art Stations Foundation CH), Mareike Dittmer (director Art Stations Foundation CH & chair Disputaziuns Susch), Aleksandra Mir (Poland-born artist, Swedish-American citizen based in London), Timotheus Vermeulen (Dutch scholar and critic, associate professor in Media, Culture and Society at the University of Oslo, Norway), Tadeusz Slawek (Polish lyricist, essayist, translator, literary critic and professor).  Elisabeth Bronfen (Swiss/German/American literary and cultural critic, professor and chairholder for English literature at the University of Zurich and global distinguished professor at New York University), Marcus Steinweg (French-German philosopher, professor at Kunstakademie Karlsruhe), Mark Sadler (Scottish artist & writer, guest professor at UdK, Berlin) & Jörg Heiser (German philosopher and art historian, director Institut für Kunst im Kontext, Berlin)

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18. Sharing

The two days Symposium “Women in Space” at the Art Institute HGK FHNW in Basel thematized the roles of scale, space and power in envisioning women in the art system: Space is an issue for everyone, yet, it has specific resonance for those who make exhibitions and run institutions, and for women in general. How we move through space, how we claim it, how we narrate and thematize it, how we fund it, how we labor in it, how we construct and deconstruct it. In this episode Chus Martinez & Quinn Latimer are in conversation with Manuela Moscoso, Nadine Wietlisbach, Fanni Fetzer and Sophie Jung (from the audience).

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17. Practice

The two days Symposium Women in Space at the Art Institute in Basel thematized the roles of scale, space and power in envisioning women in the art system: Space is an issue for everyone, yet, it has specific resonance for those who make exhibitions and run institutions, and for women in general. How we move through space, how we claim it, how we narrate and thematize it, how we fund it, how we labor in it, how we construct and deconstruct it. In this episode Chus Martinez and Quinn Latimer are in conversation with Manuela Moscoso, Elena Filipovic, and Nikola Dietrich.

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16. Environments

The two days Symposium Women in Space at the Art Institute in Basel thematized the roles of scale, space and power in envisioning women in the art system: Space is an issue for everyone, yet, it has specific resonance for those who make exhibitions and run institutions, and for women in general. How we move through space, how we claim it, how we narrate and thematize it, how we fund it, how we labor in it, how we construct and deconstruct it. In this episode Chus Martinez and Quinn Latimer are in conversation with Raffael Dörig, Fanni Fetzer, Nadine Wietlisbach, and Sabine Himmelsbach.

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15. Attention

The two days Symposium Women in Space at the Art Institute in Basel thematized the roles of scale, space and power in envisioning women in the art system: space is an issue for everyone, yet, it has specific resonance for those who make exhibitions and run institutions, and for women in general. How we move through space, how we claim it, how we narrate and thematize it, how we fund it, how we labor in it, how we construct and deconstruct it. In this episode Chus Martinez and Quinn Latimer are in conversation with Mareike Dittmer, Manuela Moscoso, Marie Muracciole, iLiana Fokianaki, and Sophie Jung (artist from the audience).

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14. Precision

The two days Symposium Women in Space at the Art Institute in Basel thematized the roles of scale, space and power in envisioning women in the art system: space is an issue for everyone, yet, it has specific resonance for those who make exhibitions and run institutions, and for women in general. How we move through space, how we claim it, how we narrate and thematize it, how we fund it, how we labor in it, how we construct and deconstruct it. In this episode Chus Martinez & Quinn Latimer are in conversation with Ines Goldbach, Sophie Jung (artist in the audience), Manuela Moscoso, Mareike Dittmer, iLiana Fokianaki, and Elfi Turpin.

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13. Poverty

The two days Symposium Women in Space at the Art Institute in Basel thematized the roles of scale, space and power in envisioning women in the art system: space is an issue for everyone, yet, it has specific resonance for those who make exhibitions and run institutions, and for women in general. How we move through space, how we claim it, how we narrate and thematize it, how we fund it, how we labor in it, how we construct and deconstruct it. In this episode Chus Martinez & Quinn Latimer are in conversation with iLiana Fokianaki, Marie Muracciole, and Mareike Dittmer.

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12. Margins

The two days Symposium Women in Space at the Art Institute in Basel thematized the roles of scale, space and power in envisioning women in the art system: space is an issue for everyone, yet, it has specific resonance for those who make exhibitions and run institutions, and for women in general. How we move through space, how we claim it, how we narrate and thematize it, how we fund it, how we labor in it, how we construct and deconstruct it. In this episode Chus Martinez and Quinn Latimer are in conversation with Elfi Turpin, Ines Goldbach, and Marie Muracciole.

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11. Transplantation

The two days Symposium Women in Space at the Art Institute in Basel thematized the roles of scale, space and power in envisioning women in the art system: space is an issue for everyone, yet, it has specific resonance for those who make exhibitions and run institutions, and for women in general. How we move through space, how we claim it, how we narrate and thematize it, how we fund it, how we labor in it, how we construct and deconstruct it. In this episode Chus Martinez and Quinn Latimer are in conversation with iLiana Fokianaki, Claire Hoffmann, and Mareike Dittmer.

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10. SOMATIC KNOWLEDGE

Sonia Fernández Pan in conversation with artist Ania Nowak about the intimate connection between feeling and thinking, different forms and manifestations of love, as well the ambiguity of care, the situation of women in performing arts, and female bodies where illness and disease could also be a social symptom and not only a personal condition.

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9. REENACTMENT

This episode is based on the Symposium on feminism, witches, art and pedagogy, around the exhibition of Doris Stauffer at Centre culturel Suisse in Paris in April 2019. The guests are Anna Colin, Chantal Küng and Michael Hiltbrunner. Moderation Hanna Alkema.

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Centre culturel Suisse


8. NETWORKS

This episode is based on the Symposium on feminism, witches, art and pedagogy, around the exhibition of Doris Stauffer at Centre culturel Suisse in Paris in April 2019. The guests speakers are Bice Curiger, Mara Züst and Simone Koller, moderated by Claire Hoffmann.

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Centre culturel Suisse


7. TREMBLEZ

This episode is based on the Symposium on feminism, witches, art and pedagogy, around the exhibition of Doris Stauffer at Centre culturel Suisse in Paris in April 2019. The guests are Caroline Cournède and Daniela Brugger, moderated by Anna Colin.

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Centre culturel Suisse


6. VISCERAL THINKING

Sonia Fernández Pan in conversation with artist Siegmar Zacharias about co-authorship with non-humans, the function of the audience and the production of affective and experiential knowledge.

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5. LANGUAGE

Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer reflecting on ideal working conditions and the use of language

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4. FEAR

Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf, Miriam Laura Leonardi, Hannah Weinberger in conversation with Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer

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3. SOLIDARITY

Katharina Brandl, Emilie Ding, Alexandra Navratil, Axelle Stiefel in conversation with Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer

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2. GOSSIP

Camille Aleña, Stefanie Hessler, Elise Lammer, Nora Berman (from the audience) in conversation with Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer

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1. AUSTERITY

Mareike Dittmer, Stefanie Hessler, Natascha Sadr Haghighian in conversation with Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer

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Credits

Production: Art Institute HGK and Instituto Susch / Art Stations Foundation CH
 
Episodes 26 – 35
Recording and Editing: Sonia Fernàndez Pan
Final editing: Elena Zieser
Music: Stehpen McEvoy
 
Episodes 1 – 25
Editing and Sound design: Elena Zieser
 
All Episodes
Research team: Alice Wilke, Marion Ritzmann
Technical Support: Esther Hunziker, Konrad Sigl, Chris Handberg
Press and communication: Anna Francke

© Art Institute HGK FHNW in Basel, Instituto Susch / Art Stations Foundation CH and Grażyna Kulczyk, 2018 – 2020

Instituto Susch is part of Muzeum Susch, an initiative by Art Stations Foundation CH and Grażyna Kulczyk.
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With thanks to the Bundesamtes für Kultur BAK and to the Stiftung für Erforschung der Frauenarbeit for their support.