Instituting with Care

A discussion as part of Instituting with Care about how institutions interact with, and sometimes interfere with, our bodies.

Instituting with Care x Radio Arts Catalyst focuses on how institutions interact with, and sometimes interfere with, our bodies – how our experiences of institutions can be harmful, and how the models of institutions of care, mental health and science can be hacked or rethought. It includes contributions from artist Mary Maggic, artist, writer & researcher Jamila Prowse, and activist and researcher pantxo ramas.

The broadcast forms part of Instituting with Care, a research project, event series and publication, which examines what it would mean to put practices of care at the forefront of institutional and infrastructural thinking: to build care into the fabric of our institutions. Instituting with Care draws on and speaks to the fields of instituting and instituent practice, reproductive labour, disability justice, accessibility, anti-racism, ecologies, feminisms, community healthcare and mutual aid.

This broadcast is an extract of a longer conversation, which will be revisited for the eventual publication within the wider Instituting with Care project by Lucy Lopez.

Copyright: Lucy Lopez & Arts Catalyst.
Produced by Kitty Turner.
Speakers: Anna Santomauro, Jamila Prowse, Laura Clarke, Lucy Lopez, Mary Maggic, and pantxo ramas.

About the Speakers

a mixed race woman with long, curly brown hair, pale skin and light eyes sits on a chair in front of cardboard signs with red writing. She looks direct to camera and wears tortoise shell glasses.

Jamila Prowse is an artist, writer and researcher who works across moving image and textiles to consider methodologies for visualising mixed race identity and the lived experience of disability. Her first artist film, An Echo For My Father (2021), initiated a three-part series and was commissioned by Lighthouse, exploring losing a parental figure and access to one side of your heritage. She is now working on the second and third iterations supported by an Arts Council Developing Your Creative Practice grant.

Jamila is a member of the Brent Biennial Curatorial Committee 2021-2 and an Associate Lecturer in photography and moving image at London College of Communication, University of Arts London. Previous exhibitions and screenings include Hordaland Kunstsenter (Bergen, Norway), Obsidian Coast (Bradford, UK) and South London Gallery (London, UK). Her reviews and essays have appeared in Frieze, Elephant, Dazed, GRAIN, Art Work Magazine and Photoworks.

A Japanese person with shoulder length hair bleached at the ends, is sitting on a bench in a white studio filled with all sorts of objects. They are wearing a nude lacy waistcoat, green eyeshadow and black and white stripy trousers and look direct to the camera.

Mary Maggic is a nonbinary artist working at the intersection of hormones, body and gender politics, and ecological alienations. Maggic frequently uses biohacking as a xeno-feminist practice of care that holds the potential to demystify invisible systems of molecular biopower. They are a recipient of the Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in Hybrid Arts (2017) for the project “Open Source Estrogen” and a 10-month Fulbright research award in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2019) investigating the connection between Javanese mysticism and the plastic pollution crisis.

Since completing their Masters in the Design Fiction group at MIT Media Lab, they have exhibited internationally including Kunsthal Charlottenborg (DK), Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona (ES), Philadelphia Museum of Art (US), Haus der elektronischen Künste (CH), Jeu de Paume (FR), and Institute of Contemporary Arts London (UK). Maggic is a current member of the online network Hackteria – Open Source Biological Art, the tactical theater collective Aliens in Green, and the Asian feminist association Mai Ling Vienna, as well as a contributor to the radical syllabus project Pirate Care and to the online Cyberfeminism Index.

A white man with short hair is captured from the shoulders up in conversation with someone out of shot. He wears black rimmed glasses and has brown eyes.

pantxo ramas (aka Francesco Salvini)

On the basis of an academic background in social sciences, political economy and urban studies, and my participation in European and Latin American social movements, as well as experience as a local public policy consultant, my research focuses on the possibilities and transformations of practices of care in contemporary contexts. In the collective research project Entrare Fuori, we have been working on institutional transformations in care and health in Europe, in collaboration with local authorities and cultural institutions, such as the City Councils of Madrid and Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata Giuliano Isontina, in Friuli Venezia Giulia. I am also a member of the Permanent Conference for Mental Health in the World Franco Basaglia (COPERSAMM). After working in academia and collaborating with contemporary art institutions at a European level, I now coordinate the documentation and research centre Oltre Il Giardino, on behalf of the social cooperative La Collina and in collaboration with COPERSAMM.

Lucy Lopez is an interdependent curator and writer. Together with Alba Colomo she is co-founder of la Sala, a small ecofeminist art organisation and growing space in Nottingham, UK. She is currently writing up her PhD, Instituting with Care, and is working on an edited book of the same name. Her work draws on feminisms, practices of care, instituting and the politics of work. Most recently she has curated exhibitions for Grand Union, Eastside Projects, and BALTIC, and she was previously Curator of Exhibitions and Research at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. In 2014 she co-founded the London based art organisation Jupiter Woods. She has lectured, taught and published internationally.