THE -ING FORM: a working Situation

24 February–30 April 2023

2023 is the 25th anniversary of Index as a Foundation. During this time, Index has been an institution reflecting on change and working with new definitions. How to look back at 25 years of Index Foundation and of all that has been done ? how to continue working? how to define possible futures? THE -ING FORM is not necessarily an exhibition. Or not only an exhibition. It is a context to think about a way of working, an open question of how to deal with a fabric of ideas and narratives, and how to define institutional thinking into the future.

Playing with a mode between storage and display, an extended structure stretches through the exhibition space, presenting Index Magazine, published 1992-1998, as well as archival elements, objects and ephemeralia from Index’ living history and active present.

The spatial installation makes visible the everyday of Index through the years, and connects to Index’ re-use of materials through exhibitions; here, a vitrine from a previous exhibition is reused to house a different object each day that THE -ING FORM is open to the public. The object could be a photograph from the archive, a fax from Index Galleri of the mid 1990s – it could also be an object as yet unknown, suggested by a visitor.

A series of recorded interviews with Index directors past and present can be watched, and during the spring, the Index team will have a series of open conversations with other key figures connected to Index and institutional thinking.

To coincide with the opening of THE -ING FORM, Index hosts a triple publication launch with the release of:

17:30 Nicola Godman: RUSTIQUE
18:30 Hjärnstorm Issue #150 “Alkemi”
19:30 Index Teen Advisory Board (ITAB) and Praksis Teen Advisory Board PTAB’s new publication: How do we know? Institutional listening and young agency in the arts