Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth | Video Screening and Discussion: Interpreting Asher and Trecartin

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 5pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art | 1, 460 Portage Ave | Winnipeg MB | Canada

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019 the exhibitions, Class by Karen Asher and Comma Boat by Ryan Trecartin were discovered through the interpretive lens of 4 youth participants. Starting at 5:00 pm, participants of the seventh edition of our Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth [IIY] program, Brett Lewis, Faron McDougall, Forest Monias, Sabba Rezai, Jacob Vergel, and session mentor Tuva Bergstrom, presented a short interpretive video produced by them. Following the screening was a panel discussion where the participants discussed the collaborative process.

The IIY program is, yet, another way Plug In ICA provides an entry into conversations and practices happening in contemporary art today. It is integral to the ICA’s educational programming as it gives voice to youth in the community while building new audiences.

The screening offered a visual reflection of the youth’s collective and individual experience of Class and Comma Boat, and marked the culmination of an intensive eight weeks of meeting, working, and thinking together about the exhibition; and about video as an interpretive mode. For this iteration of the program, participants had the opportunity to work closely with Winnipeg-based artist Luther Konadu who led the program; the artist Karen Asher and film maker Rhayne Vermette, to discuss process, approach and multi-media content creation.

The youth screening and panel discussion began at 5:00 pm, followed by a short reception. The program facilitator, Luther Konadu, moderated the screening and panel discussion with IIY participants.

This video is available in our online video archive.

Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth is designed for youth ages 16 to 24. The program reverses a pre-existing interpretive model used within arts institutions that often produce short videos as educational devices. These often include interviews with artists or curators, images of artworks and installation shots; they often reference artists’ biographies, previous artworks, and at times, glimpse into artists’ studios. These videos are usually presented online or within the gallery or museum in close proximity to the artworks, and tend to place an emphasis on the artist’s and institution’s intention over the experience of the viewer.

The “Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth” program inversely begins with the youth’s experience of the artwork, challenging conventional models of art interpretation by overturning basic roles of authority and authorship.

For more information about this and other education programs, please contact Nasrin Himada at For general information please contact: or call 1.204.942.1043.

We give special thanks to JUST TV for their dedicated and expert partnership.


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