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Video Screening + Discussion: Interpreting Asher and Trecartin at Plug In ICA

  • Plug In ICA 460 Portage Avenue Winnipeg Canada (map)

On Wednesday, June 26, 2019 discover our current exhibitions, Class by Karen Asher and Comma Boat by Ryan Trecartin 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, will present a short interpretive video produced by them. Following the screening will be a panel discussion where the participants will discuss 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 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.

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

Everyone is welcome! Snacks and refreshments will be served.


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.

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