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“According to the Portuguese anthropologist João de Pina-Cabral, existing philosophical treatments of the institution have mistakenly depended upon and propagated a “Cartesian view of mind” in which persons “pre-exist intersubjective attainment.” In light of theories on subjectivity advanced by philosophers such as Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu, however, he contests this assumption, which proves problematic and inadequate. A reconsideration of the institution must, therefore, begin with the understanding that human subjectivity does not precede institutions and that institutions are not static entities nor the amalgamation of individuals, but rather relational processes of becoming….

In other words institutions reflect the processes of sociality and mutuality that bring into existence ouselves. Thus, institutions by artists are simply the means by which the articulation of artists occurs wherein each institution expresses artistic particularities through a be(com)ing togetherness.”  Jeff Khonsary and Kristina Lee Podesva, Institutions by Artists, Fillip Editions/Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres