A think tank research project conceived by Chus Martínez, INSTITUTO SUSCH is founded by Grażyna Kulczyk in collaboration with Institut Kunst Basel. The institute is inviting fellow researchers to accentuate priorities for education and decision-making by analysing existing sentiments and preoccupations in the past and present roles of women in arts and science and by this, to define an imaginative way of addressing the languages (visual and non visual) that will carry a multitude of possible futures beyond genders.
Affecting our ways of seeing, the conditions of technology, the premises of science, the questions of history and memory, the suggested route of re-evaluating the female factor is a proposition to produce a new social contract and to see in consequence the potential origins of new institutional foundations. It is not about to produce a disciplinary exercise on a subject matter that has been studied much. Instead, it is about the potential and the usage of visual arts as a matrix to give a new sensorial format to a form of intelligence used for testing our (gender) relations.
Using art is the “amniotic fluid” in which we may discover where new social, natural and technological experiments can be made. To address the question of gender is to address the question of affection, the way we condition empathy and understanding through feelings. On this basis, the project aims to create a manual to support implementing change for the present moment — not as a set of statements, but as a series of daring propositions on what affects our affections. And, therefore, on what makes a difference in challenging our set notions of gender relations. It is a speculative exercise on the future based on the study of the conditions of the female gender.