Index’ major learning initiative is Index Residents. Functioning as an open-ended platform for collaboration and dialogue, over 150 students from across Stockholm and Uppsala take up residency within Index for a one year period. This residency takes a long-term approach, allowing topics to evolve and develop in relation to the interests of the participants. Over the year, these groups of young people are supported to; reclaim the city centre, democratise art and to participate in art making. The Residents participate in workshops plus specialised visits to artists studios, art schools, film screenings and the like, providing a platform for young people to meet art and artists face to face.
Participating schools for 2017/2018 are Fryshuset, Husby; St.Eriks Gymnasium, Kungsholmen; Järfälla Gymnasiet, Järfälla; Globala Gymnasiet, Zinkensdamn; Internationella Engelska Skolan Järfälla; Internationella Gymnasiet, Uppsala; Rönninge skola, Salem and Torsviks skola, Lidingö.
Supported by Allmänna Arvsfonden and Stockholms län landsting
Index Residents: Making an Exhibition with S:t Eriks gymnasium
Preparations are underway for S:t Eriks gymnasium’s upcoming exhibition at Index, inspired by the artistic practice of artist Beth Laurin. Index learning team worked with the students to form exhibition committees, such as vernissage, transport, marketing and installation groups.
Index Residents: Red Threads with Internationella Gymnasiet, Uppsala
Working with forty students from the Sprint (intensive language class for newly arrived young people) program from Internationella Gymnasiet Uppsala, Index learning team hosted an afternoon of workshops and investigations of the ongoing exhibition Provisorium, Beth Laurin. Forty students in three groups and three workshops circulated in and outside Index premises, mapping opposites and similarities using red thread and pebbles in the gallery, zooming in and enlarging patterns out at the courtyard and making collage and juxtapositions using words and images in the office.
Mini Residents: What is repeated?
For autumn 2017 Index is hosting workshops with 5-6 year olds, the Index Mini Residents. Over this time they are investigating objects included in Provisorium. Using pebbles and a Fluxus-inspired instruction book, the Mini Residents ask what is repeated? They look for doublettes, tripplets and everyday objects that spark conversation and discovery.
Index Residents: S:t Eriks gymnasium mood boards
As a member of Index Residents, S:t Eriks gymnasium has been working on projects inspired by Beth Laurin’s artworks for an entire semester. First, Index went to S:t Eriks gymnasium and gave an introductory lecture, the students came to the exhibition opening at Index, and then returned to the gallery for a guided tour. The students also took the opportunity to present mood boards for their projects, to be presented at the end of the year. Keep tuned for exciting projects!
Index Residents: Translating an Object with Internationella Gymnasium, Uppsala
How do you translate an object into an object? What qualities will be distorted, transformed or sustained in a communicative process that takes several different steps: object to word to text to drawing to object.
Taking the artistic process of Beth Laurin as our starting point we go deeper into the action of transforming everyday objects into sculptural objects. Where in the translation does the transformation happen? Together with two SPRINT groups at Uppsala Internationella Gymasium we practice separating an object from it’s everyday utilities and seeing it as a shape; seeing it as a sculpture.
Index Residents: S:t Eriks gymnasium focus on Beth Laurin
We had an introductory meeting with S:t Eriks gymnasium and started a new project together with 3rd year Art and Animation students. The students will spend a full term engaging with the works of Beth Laurin and her upcoming exhibition at Index Provisorium. The session with our learning team began with an introduction about Index and our learning programme, followed by a presentation-performance by Emmeli and Isabel reading an extract of Beth Laurin’s texts while images were shown on the projector. Keywords and ideas were written on a white board as the text was read and the students were able to engage with Beth Laurin’s ideas on a different level. The the groups came to Index for the opening and met the artist in situ. In October, the groups will have a private session and workshop with the artist in the gallery and continue doing their work inspired by the artist. Keep tuned!
Index Residents: City Patterns with Fryshuset, Husby
Students from Husby’s Fryshuset school are taking part in Index Residents for the first time. The students visited Index exhibition The Promise and took part in a workshop on urban form and patterning. After collecting samples from the surrounding areas they presented their patterns, forms and textures of local environment in the Index office.
Index Residents: Excursion with Fryshuset to Lava, Kulturhuset
Kicking of the autumn with a new school in Resident, Fryshuset Husby join us for a workshop on the pattern and languages of the city. Together we take off from the very center of Stockholm, Lava Kulturhuset.
Index Teen Editorial Board
During a full day Index Teen Advisory Board took over the office, turning it into an editorial space for the upcoming release of their Zine. As part of their involvement in The Promise, the zine is a platform to comment and elaborate on topics brought up by the exhibition.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Konstfack’s Degree Show
With the end of the term coming up, Index Teen Advisory Board is putting their heads together to plan for upcoming events at Index. Yesterday’s meeting started at Index and took a choreographed trip to Konstfacks Vårutställning, the art school’s annual Spring Degree Show, to look for inputs in how to use space and present artistic processes.
Using simple notebooks, and creating an interval of 9 min between each persons departure, we tried to take advantage of the Stockholm transportation system as a place to observe the movement and social specificity of the city. Tying to gather thoughts and experiences sprung from the engagement in the upcoming exhibition “The Promise.” In the end we all got together to discuss, compare notes and have a big collective lunch at the busy Konstfack cantina. Keep tuned for Index Teen Advisory Board’s activities for June!
Applications for the Index Teen Advisory Board 2017-18 now open!
Index is now calling out for all young people 15-20 years old living in the Stockholm metropolitan area to apply to become a member of the Index Teen Advisory Board, a group of 8 members who will be the young voices inside our organization for one year! The positions are paid and we encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and from different parts of the city. Also, read blog postings below about all the activities we have done so far, it’s been a really fun year!
For more information and application details, please click here.
Index Teen Advisory Board artist meetings with Lucia Pagano and Santiago Mostyn
ITAB board meet with two contemporary artists, living in Stockholm, whose works deal with public space. The board watched two works by the artists and held a Q+A session with the artists, asking questions about how they came to art, what they considered when they made the works and their opinions on what public space in Stockholm can do.
Index Residents excursion to Market Art Fair
Index Residents from Järfä Gymnasietlla visited Market Art Fair. The students discussed the roles of commercial galleries and the art market, as well as seeing Scandinavian artists. Index also curated Market Feature where the students saw the works of four Nordic artists working with performance, film and installation.
Index Residents: Anna Kinbom workshop with Torsviks skola
In April artist Anna Kinbom led a workshop on poetry for the bild students at Torsviks skola. Investigating the history of words, text and poetry making in surrealist settings.
Residents excursion to the Royal Institute of Art and Moderna Museet
40 newly arrived young people from the Sprint program in Uppsala came to Stockholm for an Index Residents excursion. The students spent the day discovering the Royal Institute of Art with tours from current students and professors. At the art school students experimented with live green screen video and the latest virtual reality 3D goggles and artistic tools. At the modern museum the students met Moderna Museet pedagoges and encountered the collection and the video art exhibition ‘The New Human’. After being given descriptive words, the students matched these words with works they found in the collection and presented the art works back to rest of the group in an experimental gallery tour.
Index at SKOLA + MUSEUM = SANT
Index has attended the annual cultural fair for learning and pedagogy programs in Stockholm. Along with 46 other cultural institutions Index presented our learning programs to over 500 teachers. The fair was hosted this year by the Armemuseum and was a great opportunity to meet fellow educators in the cultural sector and teachers.
Index Teen Advisory Board: February meeting
In the last Index Teen Advisory Board meeting the participants were asked to respond to a set of questions in relation to the upcoming project The Promise at Index, around themes of democracy and the city, the ways in which we live together, architecture and urban planning. We reflected on how our lives are being impacted on and shaped by the city we live in, and the social situations created by the urban landscapes that surround us.
Index Teen Advisory Board 2016/17 is made up of an engaged group of young people with different backgrounds and experiences from different places around the world, so we were also interested in as a group sharing our experiences from the different cities and places we have lived in throughout our lives. How is Ariqua in Syria different to Uppsala in Sweden? What do we remember from certain places and why? How does the way the city looks or feels seem to change us, or the way we move around in it? What makes us feel welcome or safe? What is the social fabric of a place made from?
Attending at the meeting were ITAB members Jon Ågaard Andersson (Sweden), Ram Ashibli (Syria), Razak Abdul (Ghana), Kajsa Frisk (Sweden), Ahmad Shaffai (Afghanistan) and Tilde Lee Björk (Sweden).
The group were asked to reflect on questions from their own personal experiences. Here are some of the topics from our mind-map:
BRICKS AND CEMENT IN PAKISTAN
WHITE QUEER SPACES
BEING OBSERVED IN BAGIS
WHERE DO I FIT IN?
KERALA HOLDING HANDS
ADD A BEACH TO IT
SMELL OF THE BURNING SUN THAT LINGERS
THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
IS IT A HIPSTER OR A GRANDPA?
SAFE BODY LANGUAGE
WHAT DO THE TOURISTS SEE?
Fotokonst med hålkamera
After visiting Index and taking part in the Mad Horizon exhibition workshops, the Jarfalla Gymnasiet residents created a project back at their school, inspired by the work of Jon Skoog. It is featured on their blog here. The students made paper doll versions of themselves and placed themselves in fictional landscapes. They then photographed themselves using homemade cameras. The process related to the questions of fiction and reality in film and media.
December ITAB meeting: Introducing The Promise
Index Teen Advisory Board met for the third time in December, with a specific focus on the 2017 summer program The Promise. The board were introduced to the ideas of the expansive program and reflected on the role of architecture and public space in their own lives. The next meeting is set for February where the board will continue to critique and infiltrate Index programming.
Excursion to Kulturhuset
Visiting LAVA Bibliotek and Patti Smith exhibition with Index Residents from Rönninge Skola. After participating in the Mad Horizon exhibition workshop and postcard writing session, the Residents embarked on an excursion to visit LAVA and the Patti Smith exhibition at Kulturhuset. The staff from Kulturhuset led workshops with the students, on Patti Smiths photographic works and the LAVA resources including the sound studio, 3D printer and screen printing facilities.
Special thanks to LAVA Bibliotek staff, Helen Karlson and Tove Wiksaas.
Index Residents: Postcards from Places Unvisited
As part of Index Residents for young people, students from Jarfalla Gymnasiet, Rönninge Skola and newly arrived students from Botkyrka visited Index to investigate the current exhibition MAD HORIZON and undertake a workshop. Inspired by the exhibitions merging of fiction, landscape and reality, they constructed memories of places they had never visited.
While every postcard depicts Stockholm or Sweden, the students choose to rename them, further merging our understanding of how place intersects with memory. The postcards form a map of fictional and real places, known only through memory and media.
Jarfalla Gymnasiet students also made a project back at their school, inspired by the work of Jon Skoog. It is featured on their blog here. The students made paper doll versions of themselves and placed themselves in fictional landscapes, they then photographed themselves using homemade cameras. The process related to the questions of fiction and reality in film and media.
The usual way to interact with glossy magazines is to flick through, read a little, notice something and move on. Generally it is an exchange where the reader reads and the magazine speaks. Here the Index Residents were encouraged to experiment with paint and its materiality as a way of speaking back to the image on the page. Starting with images from fashion magazines, the 40 students from Sprint Group at Internationella Gymnasiet Uppsala took part in the workshop over two days and re-worked the images, creating some monsters in the process.
Back to School Visits
August and September 2016
To kick off the new Index Residents year Joanna and Bronwyn visited all the school groups in their own classrooms, travelling to Rönninge, Jarfalla, Uppsala and Lidingö. Getting to know each and every student, find common ground, using art making and art histories as a way of sharing, learning together. It was also a great chance to meet with the exceptional teachers who work at these schools. The connection with the teachers and discussion of learning strategies is a major element of the Residents program. Photos here are from the Year 9 students at Torsvikskolan, Lidingö.
Festival: I HIMLEN ÄR ALLA LINJER BLÅ: KONSTFESTIVAL FÖR UNGA
I HIMLEN ÄR ALLA LINJER BLÅ was a waterfront festival for and by young people in Stockholm focusing on art, music and performance. The festival invites young people to reclaim the city center as a place for them. Featuring EVOLVER Club with DJ Pitch (Tobago Tracks, UK) and residents Iinatti and M…, readings and workshops with Anna Axfors, Ram Alshibli, Ponton poetry magazine and LAVA. Plus performances on the water with Maretopia and an outdoor cinema. The Index Teen Advisory Board worked with Maretopia floating rafts to build performances and workshops for the festival and the Residents students were in attendance.
Index Residents: Assemblage Workshops
To finish the school year Joanna and Bronwyn ran a day long assemblage workshop with the 40 Sprint students in Uppsala at the Internationella Gymnasiet. During the workshops we worked in small groups to try out assemblage and object poetry. We questioned the meaning of objects in an art context and how objects behave. We asked the group to make works alone and then as a group, questioning how to tell stories with found objects. We also had an introduction to assemblage and installation artists. This was the second round of workshops we had done together and already the students are starting to feel more comfortable and familiar with discussing and making art. Together they are expressing themselves, taking risks and sharing in the art making process together.