Interpreting Youth

Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth

In addition to our Education Tours, this winter, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art launches “Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth.” The central premise of the program is to create a platform for youth to be introduced and exposed to contemporary art, artists, curators and art educators while developing skills related to art education, communications, journalism and videography. A second function of the program is to introduce the contemporary art milieu to the perspectives and interpretive modes of Youth. 

Designed for youth ages 16 to 24. The program derives from a pre-existing interpretive model used within contemporary arts institutions — short videos that include interviews with the artist, images of the artwork and exhibition, often referencing the artist’s biography, previous artworks and at times a glimpse into the artist’s studio. 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 intention over the experience of the viewer. 

The “Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth” program will inversely begin with the youth’s experience of the artwork, challenging conventional models of art interpretation by overturning basic roles of authority and authorship. In partnership with Just TV, groups of 4-6 youth will work in collaboration to produce a short video that will speak about their experience and interpretations of the artwork presented at Plug In ICA. 

Calls for participation will be announced in January 2017.  Contact sarah@plugin.org with any questions.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art would like to thank Investors Group, Wawanesa Mutual Insurance and RBC Foundation for the support of these Learning programs.