Index Residents Blog
Index’ major learning initiative of 2016/17 is Index Residents. Functioning as an open-ended platform for collaboration, school classes and social groups from across Stockholm take up residency within Index for one year. 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, to democratise art and to participate in art making. The Residents participate in exhibition workshop series plus specialised visits to artists studios, art schools, film screenings and the like, providing a platform for young people to meet art face to face.
Students begin the program in September 2016, with school groups participating from Jarfalla Gymnasiet, Torsviks Skola, Rönninge Skola and the Sprint program for newly arrived young people at Uppsala International Gymnasiet.
Supported by Arvsfonden.
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 Jarfalla 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.
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.
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.
To finish the school year Joanna and Bronwyn ran a day long assemblege workshop with the 40 Sprint students in Uppsala at the Internationalla 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.