Index Teen Advisory Board
The Index Teen Advisory Board, which offers paid positions for eight young people from across Stockholm and Uppsala, is an integral part of Index. The board actively supports decision-making, evaluation and programming. The aim is to bring together a group of young people with differing cultural backgrounds, languages and life experiences and reflect together on the role and potential of art and culture today. The board implements ideas into the agenda of the organization.
The 2017/18 Index Teen Advisory Board members are: Désirée Bayibsa, Emmanuel Angelos Zavalis, Mikaela Wei, Viola Flø Brøther, Moa Lundborg, Philip von Schéele, Björn Hjelm and Yasin Safdari
The 2016/17 Index Teen Advisory Board members were: Ahmad Shaffai, Joanna Ptak, Jon Aagaard Andersson, Kajsa Frisk, Kaltum Gure, Ram Alshibli, Razak Abdul Muhebu, and Tilde Lee Björk
For more information contact Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Curator of Learning, at
Supported by Allmänna Arvsfonden and by Stockholms läns Landsting
Index Teen Advisory Board: You need an exhibition?
Join us for the farewell presentation by the current Index Teen Advisory Board members Désirée Bayibsa, Emmanuel Angelos Zavalis, Mikaela Wei, Viola Flø Brøther, Moa Lundborg and Björn Hjelm. Taking over the Index office with artistic interventions, describing some of the processes and conversations held throughout the year together.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Baking bread with Brödmässan
As part of Index Summer festival Letting the Days Go By, Index Teen Advisory Board invites the neighbours and friends of Index to come and bake bread in the spirit of ease, experimentation and companionship. In collaboration with Brödmässan, part of Bomassan Hökarängen, writer Gunilla Lundahl brings bread making back into the ovens of the home and the neighborhood, an exercise in consumer power.
In the home of Index Teen Advisory Board member Moa Lundborg we prepare bread and stories to share during the evening event Mål Tid in the Index gallery.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Re-writing, processing and re-mixing
Grinding down the words and statements spilled over us in the forms of Manifestos, bio texts, exhibition statements and organizational jargon: ITAB re-writes and re-formulats text for the use of the upcoming exhibition. This is not one voice, this is not what we stand for, this is a questioning statement from where we are:
WE DONT REALLY KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THIS POINT/TIME. YOU NEED AN EXHIBITION RIGHT? WHAT ART KNOW WE DONT. THAT MIGHT BE A LIE. SUPPOSEDLY WE HAVE TO EXHIBIT INTELLIGENCE. WHERE DID THE WEIRD ART GO? WE GO? LETS TRY THIS AGAIN.
WE DO KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THIS POINT. YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION FOR THIS EXHIBITION. ART DOES WHAT YOU WONT. THAT IS A LIE. WE ARE EXHIBITING INTELLIGENCE. THE WEIRD ART GOES HERE. WE GO! DONT TRY THIS AGAIN.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Transparency/Process
What do we share? How do we share it? To whom? In which state? Is anything ever ready? Do we need to exhibit intelligence? Do we need an exhibition?
Reflecting on the year as a young group installed into an arts organization, ITAB summerize and spin forward on some of the questions facing them when planning their own additions to Index programs, co-organizing the upcoming festival Letting the Days Go By.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Given Priority
Part of the boards mission is to make themselves acquaintance with the cultural landscape of Stockholm, spotting gaps and potentialities in how and where youth culture is given priority. On our very first meeting, a big map of the virtual and physical places known for young people to meet and gather in Stockholm, were made. During april, we set out to widen the known and unknown spots, sending ITAB to places and events hosted with or for teens.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Thinking with plants
Spending a morning with L.A based artist Jenny Yurshansky, we take a walk in the surrounding vegetation, looking an “invasive” and “alien” species, discovering the migrating history of the plants we consider native. Drawing from Jennys latest project Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory illusions of stable categories and national faunas spring up between soil and asphalt.
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory investigates the distinction between native versus invasive species as determined by the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee, a scientific organization charged with creating a statewide “living list” of invasive species since late 2009. The discourse surrounding a list of “invasive” or “alien” flora and fauna species has interesting and fruitful correlations to policies regarding immigration, multiculturalism and evolving ideas about national identities that are inherently tied to the identity of border cultures. The project allows viewers to engage in a meaningful and nuanced way with how these issues are thought of in direct and applicable terms.
Nu söker Index nya medlemmar till 2018-2019 års ungdomsstyrelse Index Teen Advisory Board. Som styrelsemedlem får du betalt för att en gång i månaden delta i diskussioner, utflykter, möten och workshops som alla fördjupar sig i konstens roll och potential inom ungdomskultur. Tillsammans med andra engagerade ungdomar har du som medlem i styrelsen ett uppdrag att tänka kritiskt kring hur konst och kultur distribueras och konsumeras, samt aktivt verka för att hitta nya kreativa lösningar på de problem som kulturen antas stå inför. Under ett år följs vi åt, och går bakom kulisserna på flera konstinstitutioner, besöker aktiva konstnärer och arrangerar egna events. Vi söker dig som har driv och är nyfiken på hur villkoren ser ut för att vara en aktiv kulturproducent i Stockholm idag.
Ansök direkt genom att skicka ett mail till där du skriver ditt namn, ålder och hemkommun. Du kommer då att få en ansökningsblankett med vidare information. Lycka till!
Index Teen Advisory Board: Evaluation
One of the main tasks of ITAB is to evaluate and reflect on the openess and accessibility of Index as an organisation. Going into the opening as a format for a specific kind of social choreography, ITAB draws the scores in Sidsel Meineche Hansens show, recording and re-arranging the words that floats during opening-chitchat. Simultaneously making emoticons from the faces that looks at faces.
Task one: During 5 minutes, draw how people move in the room.
Task two: Who is missing from this show, draw them into the exhibition room.
Words overheard: everytime, ideologi, själv, turned on, missuppfattningar, trust, look surpriced, sex, upptaget, uber, ingenting, you returned, posh neighborhood, testa något, ta bild på, tycker du om toca boca, laughter, magnolia, kan man börja läsa folks tankar
The new titles of the show are:
Everytime människor trust
Yeah exactly so nice
Uber look like sex yeah?
The difficulty with the 1990s
Index Teen Advisory Board: Collective individual and collectives
Index Teen Advisory Board met up with the collective Brown Island and saw their exhibition Brown Island in the White Sea, at Konstfack. Starting in their individual work they discussed the need for collective organization and amplification of non-normative experiences. Artists Emma Dominguez, Nathalie Ruejas, Johnny Chang and Anna Ting Möller presented their exhibition works. We also met with Sonia Hedstrand and Anna Kinbom from amazing collective 0s+1s, presenting their ongoing practice that researches the territories of political technology, hierarchical structures and cyberfeminist practices. Thank you to all the artists who took part and to Rudy Loewe for help in organising the day.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Artist working in organizations and organizations working with artist
First meeting of the new year and we look back on our evaluations and discuss the organizations of events and the people running and participating in it. With us we have artist and Index Technician Max Ronnersjö that runs Index event space Index 19. We also discuss documentation and the “evidence” of the happening, how do you take a picture to represent an event, are there alternative ways to represent social events rather than group pictures? We decide to document this meeting with our words and hands.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Evaluating the social structure of openings
Coming to the end of the year Index Teen Advisory Board is imbedding itself as participatory observers of the two openings held at Index in December. Given a set of questions to critically look at the social activities, representation and accessibility of the openings, the ITABS look at the event held with Index Residents S:t Eriksgymnasium and later observe the opening of Kevin Jerome Everson. Going back and looking at our different observations we compare and analyze the structure of the events and how we could engage in its improvement.
Index Teen Advisory Board: What power do words enact?
For this meeting the board explored artist manifestos and the power of words. Along with manifestos of modernism such as Dadaist and Futurist manifestos, 1960s highlights such as Fluxus and Gilbert & George and more contemporary examples with Guerilla Girls and Grayson Perry. The board then began to construct their own art manifestos and developed performative modes for sharing these. Index Director Axel Wieder was also in attendance for a Q+A session, answering the boards questions on the role of art, artists and curatorial practices.
Index Teen Advisory Board: What is a life worth?
Responding to the question, what is a life worth?, ITAB met for our October meeting at Index to discuss this together and also visited Bonniers Konsthall exhibition The Image of War, curated by Theodor Ringborg. The group exhibition is about seeing violence in images. The exhibition shows work from more than 30 artists who confront past or present conflicts. In their work the artists deal at once with violence and its image, posing crucial questions about what violent images create, what consequences they have and how they circulate.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Meeting Beth Laurin
On the last Saturday of September, Index Teen Advisory Board Members spent the afternoon at Index, this time together with the artist Beth Laurin. Our meetings are structured in such a way that it includes a round table with the teens and our learning team to talk about relevant issues, then we encounter art in many forms, often in connection with artists and/or other institutions, followed by an evaluation round and next steps towards the next meeting. On September 30th, we had the pleasure of listening to Beth Laurin tell stories behind every artwork in Provisorium and fielding questions from the participants. We then took the bus to Moderna Museet where Beth talked about her sculpture “Del 1” which now stands in Moderna Museet’s gardens. Since we were at Moderna, Kristoffer Svenberg, who heads the youth programs at Moderna gave us a great presentation of his work with young adults in the museum’s board room. It was a special day and a unique opportunity for all of us to share experiences about working with young people in Stockholm and get a first hand account of an artist’s practice from the artist herself.
Index Teen Advisory Board: The First Encounter
Starting up the second year of Index Teen Advisory Board we meet up for a mapping session at Index. Getting to know each other, getting to know Index and most importantly, getting to know all our different contexts that maps out or shared interest in art and cultre. To be continued!
Index Teen Advisory Board 17/18 announced!
Index is proud to announce the new Index Teen Advisory Board, 2017-2018:
Emmanuel Angelos Zavalis, Mikaela Wei, Moa Lundborg, Désirée Bayibsa, Yasin Safdari, Björn Hjelm, Philip von Schéele and Viola Flø Brøther
Index Teen Advisory Board: Zine Release Party
The Zine is out! We conclude the year of Index’ first ever Teen Advisory Board with a Release party. In a collaborative reading some of the participants also give voice to each others texts, continuing the learning process that has run throughout the year. A big thank you to everyone involved, and honorary mentions to Ahmad Shaffi, Joanna Ptak, Jon Aagaard Andersson, Kajsa Frisk, Ram Alshibli, Razak Abdul Muhebu, Tilde Lee Björk, Index Teen Advisory Board 2016/2017, over and out.
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 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?
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.