Release for In Character

22 January 2022, 16:00–18:30

The cover image for the event is an illustration by Eugene Sundelius von Rosen, documenting

Välkommen på release för In Character, ett zine framtaget av Index Teen Advisory Board i samarbete med konstnärer, designers och en syskonstyrelse knuten till konstinstitutionen PRAKSIS i Oslo.

In Character är ett av de projekt som ITAB har utvecklat på Index. Från början var det en återkommande workshop där styrelsemedlemmarna tillsammans med olika konstnärer undersökte och försökte omformulera de sociala koderna kopplade till utställningsrummet som plats. Med åren har det utvecklats till ett större ramverk som bjuder in och uppmanar andra att tittar på hur vi förväntas bete oss i konstrum; vilka regler, strukturer och språk som dikterar dessa normer.

Såhär inleder Felix Krausz Sjögren, en av ITABs styrelsemedlemmar, introduktionstexten till zinet:

“What roles do we take on? What characters? Do we change our behaviour depending on the space in which we find ourselves? And which are the norms dictating the space?

These are questions we, the PRAKSIS and Index Teen Advisory Boards, have asked ourselves in the In Character project, a collaborative effort to delve deeper into the normative aspects of art and its spaces. In it, we’ve confronted the institutions, the consumers and ourselves and asked: “Why do we move like that? Why do we talk or look like that?” In reflecting upon these norms, we attempt to break them. This reflecting, thinking, and discussing, is the foundation upon which the whole project is built. It allows us to take on a new, or at least different, identity – character – through which we attempt to gain new perspectives.”

Varmt välkommen till Index för att höra mer om ITABs arbete och fira utgivningen av In Character! Vänligen maila och anmäl dig. Skriv namnet på de som kommer, och ange om ni vill komma klockan 16:00–16:45, 16:45–17:30 eller 17:30–18:30. Eventet är gratis, men vi behöver veta hur många som vill komma för att undvika att det blir för trångt.

Eventbilden är en illustration av Eugene Sundelius von Rosen som dokumenterar Going to a Conference: In Character.

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Welcome to the launch of In Character, a zine produced by Index Teen Advisory Board in collaboration with artists, designers, and a sibling board tied to the Oslo based art institution PRAKSIS.

In Character is one of the projects developed by ITAB. It started out as a recurring workshop where participants teamed up with artists to explore ways of navigating and rewriting some of the social codes connected to art spaces. Over the years, it has developed into a larger framework for looking at how we are expected to behave in arts spaces – considering the language, policies and structures that underpin these norms.

The initial paragraphs of the zine’s introductory text, written by Felix Krausz Sjögren from ITAB, reads as follows:

“What roles do we take on? What characters? Do we change our behaviour depending on the space in which we find ourselves? And which are the norms dictating the space?

These are questions we, the PRAKSIS and Index Teen Advisory Boards, have asked ourselves in the In Character project, a collaborative effort to delve deeper into the normative aspects of art and its spaces. In it, we’ve confronted the institutions, the consumers and ourselves and asked: “Why do we move like that? Why do we talk or look like that?” In reflecting upon these norms, we attempt to break them. This reflecting, thinking, and discussing, is the foundation upon which the whole project is built. It allows us to take on a new, or at least different, identity – character – through which we attempt to gain new perspectives.”

Please join us at Index to hear more about ITAB’s ongoing work, and to celebrate the release of In Character! Please email to sign up. Write your name(s), and whether you’re planning on coming 16:00–16:45, 16:45–17:30 or 17:30–18:30. The event is free of charge, but we need to keep track of the number of visitors to avoid crowding.

The cover image for the event is an illustration by Eugene Sundelius von Rosen, documenting Going to a Conference: In Character.