The animations presented in the slide presentation above were created by students at West Kildonan Collegiate as part of Plug In ICA’s Youth Art Education Program.
For our 2016 Spring Program, Plug In ICA offered a combined tour of two exhibitions: Continuing Studies by Kim Beom and No Time Left To Start Again/The Birth and Death of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Poetry by Allen Ruppersberg along with a workshop led by local artist Hannah Doucet. The guided tour and workshop took the very concept of education, how we learn and the ways in which we are taught as the underpinning ideas to engage with the artwork of these two conceptual artists. Students learned to define conceptual art as they encountered artworks that question the ways in which we gain knowledge and how histories are told and formed. For the workshop, Hannah utilized the images in Ruppersberg’s exhibition as a tool to show students how to create GIF-like animations. This activity, which encouraged students to create their own product and to displace the preconceived ‘meaning’ of the image, worled with the challenge to traditional hierarchal models of education put forward in Kim Beom’s Continuing Studies.
Hannah Doucet is a photo-based artist from Winnipeg, Canada. Her practice is rooted within the medium of photography, with material explorations also extending to video, textile, sculptural, and installation based processes. Her work explores the body, representation, materiality and failure within the medium of photography. She received her BFA Honours from the University of Manitoba in 2015. Hannah has exhibited in alternative spaces and artist-run centers throughout the city of Winnipeg, with a solo exhibition, Present Absence at C Space in 2015. She has also exhibited nationally, at Art Mur (Montreal) and Avenue (Vancouver), with upcoming participation in a group exhibition Proof 23 at Gallery 44 (Toronto) and a solo exhibition at The New Gallery (Calgary) in 2016. She is a co-founder of SCAN, a contemporary art publication based in Winnipeg as well as a committee member for Flux Gallery a newly initiated gallery project for early-stage emerging artists. Hannah facilitates art workshops throughout the city of Winnipeg working with children and youth through Art City, with pediatric cancer patients through Cancercare Manitoba’s volunteer department, as well as with senior residents through the Misericordia Health Center’s recreation department.