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 2020/21 Index Teen Advisory Board members are: Adina Edfelt, Emil Pita, Felix Sjögren, Jose William Esteban Velásquez Cristancho, Malin Issa, Sarikazaman Ullah and Simon Sjöberg.
The 2019/20 Index Teen Advisory Board members were: Yosra Ali, Markus Johansson, Leo Queiroz Gonzalez, Alfred Nilsson, Samantha Ribeiro Johansson, Alva Mårsén, Dina Nordh Karsin, Leo Ramirez Iderström and Lovisa Jonsson.
The 2018/19 Index Teen Advisory Board members were: Daniel Murisima, Ida Ippolito, Hannes Schelin, Mika Sundell, Maria Muhoza, Isabella Gillborg, and Niko Erfani
The 2017/18 Index Teen Advisory Board members were: 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 Isabella Tjäder, Curator of Learning at
Index Teen Advisory Board was generously supported by Allmänna Arvsfonden 2015-2018.
OPEN CALL – 2022
Index Teen Advisory Board (ITAB) är en grupp ungdomar (16–21 år) som gemensamt tar fram och föreslår projekt och strategier för att utveckla Index, en konsthall för samtidskonst mitt i Stockholm. I styrelsen vill vi samla ungdomar med olika livserfarenheter, som på ett experimentellt och kritiskt sätt kan närma sig frågan om konstens roll i samhället. ITAB använder lyssnande, diskussion och lek för att kritiskt undersöka, diskutera och omformulera de normer som finns inkodade i konstvärlden.
Vi träffas en gång i månaden under ett års tid, vanligtvis på lördagar, så uppdraget går bra att kombinera med studier. Vi träffar konstnärer, deltar i workshops, skriver, diskuterar och tänker på konst tillsammans. Du behöver ingen särskild erfarenhet eller kunskaper, det viktiga är att du är nyfiken och vill testa nya idéer ihop med andra. Uppdraget är avlönat, för varje möte du deltar i får du ett arvode på 400 kronor.
I januari träffade den nuvarande styrelsen en liknande grupp från Oslo, och citaten här nedanför är hämtade ur en diskussion som hölls då. Temat var kopplat till karaktärer, och hade rubriken Finns det verkligen ett “jag”?, men under samtalet dök det upp en mängd frågor och idéer; Vilka karaktärer eller roller spelar du i ditt vardagliga liv? Förändras de när du befinner dig i ett konstsammanhang? Har du en skyldighet att definiera en sammanhängande identitet?
I din ansökan om en styrelsepost i ITAB, välj ett av citaten och skriv en egen reflektion om vad det får dig att tänka på. Kanske håller du med, kanske inte, kanske får det dig att minnas en speciell händelse eller en tanke du klurat på tidigare?
1. “Generellt sett så struntar jag i vad andra tycker om mig.”
2. “Ibland är min egen bild av mig och andras bild av mig totalt motsatta, och då är det svårt att ens kombinera dem till ‘ett jag’.”
3. “Jag behöver andra som bekräftar vem jag är, för om andra människor inte kan se min personlighet, hur kan den då vara verklig?”
4. “Det finns tillfällen när jag, om jag skulle träffa på mig själv, verkligen skulle avsky henne.”
5. “Att ‘vara sig själv’ är överskattat.”
Du kan välja att skriva ner dina tankar, men du kan lika gärna måla något, teckna en serie eller göra ett kollage. Oavsett hur du gör, använd max en A4-sida. Skicka ett mail med din ansökan (fota av pappret och bifoga bilden om du jobbar för hand) tillsammans med ditt namn, din ålder, vilket av citaten du valde och ett kortfattat svar på varför du söker till ITAB.
Skriv till med ITAB-ANSÖKAN i ämnesraden. Våra nuvarande medlemmar svarar gärna på frågor om ansökan, eller vad det innebär att vara med i ITAB. Maila till så sätter hon dig i kontakt med dem!
OPEN CALL – 2022
Index Teen Advisory Board (ITAB) is a group of young people (ages 16–21) who collectively put together and suggest projects and strategies to develop Index, a contemporary art institution located in central Stockholm. The board brings together youths with a wide range of experiences, who can approach the question of art’s role in society in an experimental and critical way. ITAB uses listening, discussion and play to critically examine, discuss and reformulate the norms ingrained in the artworld.
We meet monthly throughout the year, usually on Saturdays, so the position can easily be combined with studies or other work. We meet artists, partake in workshops, write, discuss, and think about art together. No previous knowledge or experience is required, the important thing is that you are curios and that you want to try out new ideas with other people. As a board member you receive 400 SEK for each meeting you attend.
In January, the current board met with a similar group from Oslo, and the following quotes are picked from a conversation with them. The discussion revolved around characters and was titled Is the really one “me”?, but the talk breached a multitude of questions and ideas: What characters or roles do you play in your everyday life? Do they change when you enter into an art-context? Are you obligated to define a cohesive identity for yourself?
In your application for a seat at the board, please pick one of the quotes listed below and write a brief reflection on your connection to it. Perhaps you agree with it, perhaps not at all, perhaps it makes you think of a personal experience, or a thought you’ve been having lately?
1. “I don’t generally care what other people think about me.”
2. “Sometimes my image of me and other people’s image of me are completely opposite, and then it’s hard to even combine them into ‘one me’.”
3. “I need other people to validate who I am, because if other people can’t see my personality, how can it be real?”
4. “There are times when, if I were to meet myself, I would absolutely hate her.”
5. “‘Being yourself’ is overrated.”
You can choose to write down your thoughts, but you could just as well paint something, draw a comic or make a collage. Regardless of technique, use no more than one A4 page. Send an email containing your application (take a picture of your paper and attach it to the email in case you work by hand), your name, your age, which of the quotes you chose to work from, and a short explanation as to why you want to join ITAB.
Email and put “ITAB-APPLICATION” in the subject field. Our current board members are more than happy to answer questions about the application or what it is like to be part of ITAB. Write to to have her set you up with one of them!
Betalda styrelsejobb för ungdomar
Index Teen Advisory Board är ett forum för unga personer att diskutera och hitta nya sätt att agera i konst och kulturvärlden. Som medlem i Index Teen Advisory Board får du en inblick i hur en liten konstorganisation fungerar och arbetar tillsammans i gruppen för att ifrågasätta traditionella förhållningssätt till konst. Vi ses en gång i månaden för att ta oss ann olika frågor, träffa konstnärer, spela in podcasts, läsa texter och lägga fram vår version av hur konstvärlden kan ge mer plats åt ungdomars erfarenhet.
Vi söker efter ungdomar mellan 16-21 år med olika livserfarenheter och kulturella bakgrunder. Du behöver inte veta någonting om konst, det viktigaste är att du har ett öppet sinne och vill lära dig mer. Tillsammans reflekterar vi över konstens roll i samhället. Arbetet är betalt och du får ersättning för varje möte du deltar på.
Vill du jobba som styrelsemedlem?
Sök genom att maila en PDF till
PDF:en ska inkludera:
1. En kort text där du berättar om dig själv och varför du söker till Index Teen Advisory Board. (Högst en halv A4)
2. Välj ett av citaten nedan, och dela en kort reflektion kring vad det får dig att tänka på. Här kan du också inkludera bilder. (Skriv tydligt vilket citat du har valt)
Välj ett av citaten nedan:
1. “Om kvinnor har misslyckats med att göra “universell” konst för att vi är fängslade i det “personliga”, varför gör vi inte det “personliga” till någonting universellt, och till föremål för vår konst?”
– Chris Kraus, from the book “I Love Dick”
2. “Whatever you are meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible”
– Doris Lessing
3. “To change the rules of the art world you need to see the rules, know them, feel them and almost make them palpable for you to know their weak points and how to break them.”
-Member of Index Teen Advisory Board 2019/2020
4. “When you turn into an animal, there will be no more wilderness”
– Karl Larsson, from the book “Parrot”
Har du frågor om ansökan, eller vad det innebär att vara med i Index Teen Advisory Board?
Våra nuvarande medlemmar svarar gärna på dina frågor. Maila till så får du direkt kontakt.
Going to an exhibition in character
February 22, 2020 Index Teen Advisory Board sat down to discuss the first part of the workshop Going to an exhibition in character. This workshop has been growing over the years, responding to both the imaginary and real barriers of going to an exhibition and feeling like you have to know something or be someone.
It’s a crowded Saturday, they just asked us to move from the cafe into the library to make room for paying customer. So we move our jackets, hats and bags. The participants in the board present for todays workshop are Leo Queiroz Gonzalez, Alva Mårsén, Alfred Nilsson, Lovisa Johansson and Leo Ramirez Iderström. We are all wearing clothes that feel a little bit uncomfortable. Preparing for todays session we’ve all dressed in the odd and slightly off pieces in our wardrobe. Clothes you might have bought on a trip once, when you tried surfing and had to get the seashell choker to match the look, but felt chokingly ridiculous when you got back. Or the shiny jacket that actually is more attention grabbing for its squeaky sound rather than its glamours shine. Aspects of ourselves we once thought we could be, or never got into.
We jump in as the counting, watching and sketching slowly turns into a discussion about age, elitism, speed dating in museums, who actually watches reality tv Paradise Hotel, the construction of smartness and feeling like an imposter.
Bye Bye Blog
We’re saying by bye to the format of continuous blogging, and collectively sailing onto new exiting formats to be shared soon here. Index Teen Advisory Board is very much alive and ongoing. After three amazing years supported by Allmänna Arvsfonden ITAB has become an integral part of Index as an institution, and builds a core program advising and acting as critical agent of how young people can relate to art. The Teen Advisory Board format is also spreading, Moderna Museet in Stockholm has recently started a youth board applying the same format, and ITAB now works together with the boards at , and developing at Helsinki through the network Future Futures.
I.T.A.B in Index Summer Festival 2019.
Welcome to the Index summer festival The Defying Parrot. The defying parrot is one part character, one part mimesis, one part festival. The festival is a gathering point for the poly-vocal voices of Index’ learning program. Celebrating the form that harbours and contains the artistic work happening throughout the year in Index in relation to learning. The festival functions as a platform to test out the learning related temporalities of the institution.
Here in the festival format, we have invited the character of the parrot – one who can mimic and defy political, social and artistic forms – to help us to understand ways of approaching social responsibility, group dynamics and the core activities of learning with contemporary artistic practice. The festival generates and repeats poetic statements, much like a mimicking parrot lost in the city.
There are three new commissions for the festival, as well as workshops, performances and musical responses. The commissions each experiment with methods of co-authorship, inviting groups of young people to work alongside and within the process, complicating the question of mimicry in learning with contemporary art. The Defying Parrot invites you to follow the movements of social movements in the city, it greets you as the Host and The Ghost of the gallery, it calls out in response to technological aspects of mimicry, and visits an exhibition in character.
Responding to discussions and experiences of the Index Teen Advisory Board, the parrot is a critical response to the socially coded nature of art spaces.
Participating artists: Ina Hagen and Sol Archer together with Index Teen Advisory Board: Daniel Murisima, Ida Ippolito, Hannes Schelin, Mika Sundell, Maria Muhoza, Isabella Gillborg, and Niko Erfani, Celine Manz together with Amina Seid Tahir and Leo W O Silkeberg, Pontus Petterson together with The Hosts and The Ghosts, and Tyler Coburn.
Read more here
Ansök till Index Teen Advisory Board 2019/2020
Index Teen Advisory Board erbjuder åtta betalda positioner för ungdomar, 16-21 år. Ungdomsstyrelsen är en viktig del av Index verksamhet som aktivt utvärderar, reflekterar över och deltar i organisationens utveckling. Tillsammans utgör Index Teen Advisory Board en plattform för unga med olika livserfarenheter och kulturella bakgrunder, där vi gemensamt reflekterar över konstens roll i samhället.
Uppdrag: Att genom kollektiv diskussion och möten med samtida konstnärer och aktiv kulturproducenter reflektera över och agera för konstens roll i samhället.
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Sista ansökningsdag 26:e maj.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Festival productions and kinship organisations
Getting closer to the Index Summer festival the 15th of June, the board reconvenes with artist Ina Hagen and Sol Archer to plan out their collective work. Staring from the suggestions made by the board, the artists have proposed a structure in which the production will take place. Visiting the meeting is also Praksis Oslo, an organisation starting up their own version of a Teen Advisory Board, looking for valuable tips and advice on how to set up a format that allows young people to get inside art organisations.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Social gatherings and social disruptions
As part of their ongoing collaboration with artists Ina Hagen and Sol Archer, Index Teen Advisory Board spend a full day moving in digital, collective and disruptive patterns around the city. Which patterns do we repeat, which patterns do we defeat? Can a group reconfigure social patterns, and how to move in the footsteps of past movements?
Index Teen Advisory Board: Evaluation #3
Roxy Farhat WUH-PSHHH!
This show should be called:
Who should be here:
People with a goldcard at the opera
People who has never listend to Hiphop
People who don’t agree with the message of the works
People who hasn’t realized that they are interested in this yet
Typical white dues
Index Teen Advisory Board: Co-opting
Artist Sol Archer and Ina Hagen at Index this weekend, starting up a up a long term collaboration with Index Teen Advisory Board. As always the teenage board keeps pushing the Index agenda. Now starting a conversation about forms of social adaptation, and strategies for counter-actions in the public sphere. TBC!
Time, memory and objects: the board work with artists Mette Edvardsen and Gabo Camnitzer
The Index Teen Advisory Board is now in its third year and offers paid positions for young people who meeting monthly at Index. The board is an integral part of Index and it actively supports decision-making, evaluation and programming. The aim is to bring together a group of young people with differing life experiences and reflect together on the role and potential of art and culture today. The board implements ideas into the agenda of the organisation. In January and February the board attended the opening and took part in performances of Mette Edvardsen’s project Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. Alongside this process, the board undertook a workshop with NY based artist Gabo Camnitzer, which focused on a set of proposals around objecthood and attributes.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Evaluation #2
For our second evaluation we look at the opening of artist and choreographer Mette Edvardsens exhibition Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. Using combination of words, and misrememberings, we missinterpret and twist the words that slipp between in conversations. We look at the movements, and the static, and propose a performance from the misreadings, if I don’t remember it wrong…
Index Teen Advisory Board and the exhibition ‘And Tomorrow And’
September, October and November 2018
During the autumn ITAB worked closely with the exhibition And Tomorrow And at Index. 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 board attended talks, workshops and events were an important part of the exhibition program.
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.
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.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Going to an exhibition in characterNovember 2018
Index Teen Advisory Board continues to look at the social choreography of the exhibition space. As a case study we visit Moderna utställningen at Moderna Museet to spectate spectatorship, understanding standing, sketching sketchers and act sketchy.
Index Teen Advisory Board: Apelsinhändelse / Happening with an orange
Starting from the observations made during the opening of And Tomorrow And, Index Teen Advisory Borad talk about the exhibtion as a social space. What kind of social relations are created and maintained within this exhibition? Which ones would we like to create, and how? Looking at the history of Fluxus and socially engaged practices we mapp out potentialities for audiences to approach the current show. What about having a communal meal on the floor, leaving fruits on the furniture, or going to an exhibition in character?
Evaluation #1: Opening And Tomorrow And
Task one. Bring two friends that has never been to Index before. Task two. Observations. Record the movements of the people visiting the opening. Tree. Pay attention to the conversations being held in the space. Four. Give the exhibition a new title based on your observations.
WE PERFORM IN CHARGE
Post – presence – echoes
Gud är igång – experimentella grejer
(Where are we) at openings
Future or How
Five. Submerge yourself and leave the papers behind
Index Teen Advisory Board 2018/2019
We start the new season with a warm welcome to our new Teen Advisory Board of 2018/2019: Daniel Murisima, Ida Ippolito, Hannes Schelin, Mika Sundell, Isabella Gillborg, Maria Muhoza, and Niko Erfani. During our first official meeting we met up in the middle of the installment of Index new show And Tomorrow And, glimpsing into the research made by previous young groups and witnessing the inner workings of an art institution days before opening. During our year together we will meet with artist, organizers, collectives and thinkers to discuss the accessibility of art and culture from the perspective of a young person living in Stockholm. Brought together by a sense of curiosity, the new group of seven young Stockholmers, from different backgrounds, languages and experiences, now starts their mission take a critical look at how art is mediated and dispersed within the city, and within Index foundation.
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.