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Annotating Feminism & Performance

  • Critical Media Lab Basel 1 Freilager-Platz Basel, BL, 4053 Switzerland (map)

For this first event of the Annotating series looking at perspectives and modulations to institutional ways of life, we use the lenses of Feminism & Performance.

Jamie Allen and Lucie Kolb will discuss feminist strategies with/through/against institutions; practices that don’t criticize institutions as they are, but aim at changing the ways in which modulations can be proposed. They ask as to what strategies are needed in order to rework institutions for them to be informed by intersectional ethics.

Livia Andrea Piazza and Heike Bröckerhoff treat the notion of the institution itself as a construction site, a reformulatable fiction. They plan to dig holes into our ways of thinking of this we call an institution. In using the performative force of fiction, they seek ways to demolish naturalized institutions and practices and to outlines new models of institutions. They are inspired by and conspire with plants, squids, artists, anthropologists, anarchists they are seeking ways to think institutions otherwise as clouds, swamps, holes or gardens.

With Mela Dávila Freire, Jamie Allen, Lucie Kolb, Livia Piazza, Heike Bröckerhoff, Bernhard Garnicnig

► Annotating, Institutions as a Way of Life
Workshop and Discussion Series

Annotating is a series of workshops and discussions, seeking to elaborate and explore perspectives on institutional practices. They are public events, with invited partners and collaborators, oriented by specific sub-thematics, such as feminism, technology, individuation, dividuation, performance, publishing.
The event series are interventions into a process of public making, a process of publication.

“Annotating”, a series of open access readers will result — a set of compiled and commented, annotated and reworked edited compilations. Each “Annotation” is developed by a commissioned collaborator, a select author-compiler, who’s inspired and inspiring work is to bring into momentary focus, and relation, institutional-practices from a given perspective. What are the perspectival strategies, tactics and practices of engaging with institutions and institutionality? We look to these different, sometimes conflicting or productively disjunctives, as they emerge, as non-totalising, splintered and as a resistance to forced cohesion or general applicability.

Recomposing the inevitable canonizing power of all institutional practice, and in particular this thing we call ‘research’, Annotating seeks to envelop the outlier and undo the archive of movements known as ‘institutional critique’, ‘new institutionalism’ and ‘instituent practice’, concentrating on what is to be done, by whom, with whom and how. If we are to change institutional life (of which all life takes part), we must first change our understandings of how to act within them. If institutions are a way of life, a mode of being, we ask what other ways of life we might further imagine?

Each event will center on discussion of texts, media and annotations developed by commissioned collaborators, generating ideas and collaborations for new editions. The series is convened by Bernhard Garnicnig, Lucie Kolb and Jamie Allen of the Institutions as a Way of Life project and edited by Curatorial Editor Mela Dávila Freire.

Location: IXDM Critical Media Lab, HGK Basel
Registration: No formal registration is required, but we appreciate a quick and informal email to let us know you are coming to mail@institutions.life

IXDM | Annotating, Institutions as a Way of Life

IXDM | Annotating Feminism & Performance

IXDM | Institutions as a Way of Life

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