Video: Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth: Karen Asher | Class & Ryan Trecartin | Comma Boat

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019 participants of the seventh edition of our Interpreting [Interrupting] Youth [IIY] program, presented a short interpretive video they produced interpreting Class by Karen Asher and Comma Boat by Ryan Trecartin. Following the screening there was a panel discussion where the participants, Brett Lewis, Faron McDougall, Forest Monias, Sabba Rezai, Jacob Vergel, and session mentor Tuva Bergstrom, discussed the collaborative process. The program facilitator, Luther Konadu, moderated the screening and panel discussion with IIY participants.

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 offers a visual reflection of the youth’s collective and individual experience of Class and Comma Boat, and marks 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 lead the program; the artist Karen Asher and film maker Rhayne Vermette, to discuss process, approach and multi-media content creation.

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, 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.

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