Exhibition: AND TOMORROW AND
25 August–25 November 2018
Opening: 24 August 2018, 17:30–20:00
And Tomorrow And presents a demanding cacophony of voices questioning our collective futures. Ecological disaster, inter-species collaboration, cyborgian manifestations – from these new and altered states, artists consider differing formulations of futures.
The exhibition is not a static presentation but an attempt to articulate competing, collective and vibrant voices on the concept of futures. For the first time in Index’ history, the exhibition model has been inverted. Educational practices, based around working dialogues with young people, have crafted and formed the exhibition, rather than as a secondary process. As part of this process, the exhibition continually develops during the three-month period, with an accumulation and archive of text based pieces. The material manifestation of the space acts as a set of pedagogical tools, reflecting on and supporting the learning processes that run throughout the exhibition.
Evolving out of conversations and activities with teenagers around the concept of futures, the exhibition And Tomorrow And talks about the role of contemporary art practices to make possible new scenarios for the future. Currently, in the minds of many young people in Sweden, the idea of the future raises anxiety levels as people experience the dramatic escalation of climate change alongside new political realities. This conversation on the role of contemporary art practice in proposing new horizons, has been developing through the Index Learning Program for the past three years with support from Arvsfonden. The breadth of the topics discussed within the exhibition refers to the breadth of interests and concerns presented by the young people central to the Index Learning Program. Drawing on the legacy of the artistic manifesto as a means of making demands of the future, the exhibition was developed with young artists who participated in the 10-day summer course And Forever And.
And Tomorrow And is an attempt to understand the role of artists in proposing distinctive and livable futures, to act as a counter point to the dominant ideals of the so-called Anthropocene. Within the exhibition, artists both emerging and established, have the ability to suggest and demand different futures, to come together and in the friction of this situation, develop new models for futuring.
Index has worked with young people to radically redefine the role of pedagogy and education within an art institution. Starting with the idea of dialogue and curiosity, and an open-ended methodology, Index Learning Program has built an internationally recognized working method which utilises dialogic and socially engaged art practices for ‘thinking-with’ (Donna Haraway) contemporary art.
The exhibition presents a daily looping film program from internationally established artists such as Terike Haapoja and Laura Gustafsson, Institute for New Feeling and Jenna Sutela. The film program pays tribute to Afro-Futurists and Eco-Sexualists, ruminates on apocalypticism and science-fiction aesthetics, and rewrites the form of the manifesto in unforeseen ways. Throughout the exhibition there will be evening screenings and talks, including feature length Water Makes Us Wet by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, The Otolith Group’s Hydra Decapita and Fabrizio Terranova’s documentary Donna Haraway: Stories for Earthly Survival.
With video works and manifestos by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, Laura Gustafsson and Terike Haapoja, Institute for New Feeling, Jenna Sutela, Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, Kati Roover, Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, Soda_Jerk, Alexandra Pirici and Raluca Voinea, The Otolith Group, and Fabrizio Terranova with Donna Haraway.
With texts and performances by summer course participants Saga Flodman, Viola Flø Brøther, Miriam Gustavsson, Leonora Haag, Evelina Jacobson Potenciano, Moa Elvira Lundborg, Leo Silkeberg W-O and Mathilda Tönseth.
Exhibition Curator: Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris
Exhibition Producer: Emmeli Person
Sun 26 August, 19:00, Screening and talk: Storytelling for Earthly Survival with Marabouparken Konsthall
Kati Roover, Coexistence (2017, 17 min) and Fabrizio Terranova: Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016, 90 min)
Thu 30 August, 19:00, Screening
The Otolith Group: Hydra Decapita (2010, 31 min)
Wed 5 September, 19:00, Screening and talk
Institute for New Feeling: Avalanche with artist Agnes Bolt (2017, 17 min)
Wed 12 September, 19:00, Book launch and talk
Tidalectics, edited by Stefanie Hessler
Thu 4 October, 19:00, Screening
Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens: Water Makes Us Wet – An Ecosexual Adventure (2017, 80 min)
To continue the discussions on learning practices in contemporary art, Index will host a three-day seminar, entitled The Urge and The Echo: Reverberations of Learning Practices. Thu 8 November – Sat 10 November, Index
To read more about the learning program and the processes of making this exhibition, read an interview between the Index team here.
This exhibition is generously supported by Arvsfonden.
Index is supported by Kulturrådet, Stockholms Stad and Stockholms Läns Landsting.