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Pilvi Takala – The Stroker

12 January 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Hear internationally acclaimed artist Pilvi Takala in conversation with art curator Teresa Calonje on the unique performance piece that was commissioned by and created for Second Home in the summer of 2016.

For 10 days in July, Takala lived and worked at Second Home posing as Nina Nieminen, an entrepreneur interested in the positive impact of being touched.

Nina and her fictional business ‘Personnel Touch’ were integrated into the community on the premise of being a new part of Second Home’s wellbeing programme.

During her time at Second Home, Pilvi captured and archived people’s reactions to being touched and has since used this research to form the basis of a new performance piece which has been produced in collaboration with dancer Emma Waltraud Howes.

The dance piece will be showcased at Second Home in the afternoon and Pilvi and Teresa will discuss it as well as Pilvi’s experience of performing as Nina in Liberia in the evening.

Second Home thanks the Finnish Institute for their generous support of this event.

Pilvi Takala at Pump House Gallery

11 January – 27 March 2017
Pump House Gallery
Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Solo exhibition
Pilvi Takala

Pump House Gallery presents an exhibition building on The Committee, a 2013 project by artist Pilvi Takala.

For the project funded by the Emdash Award, Takala invited a group of children from a youth centre in Bow, London to spend her £7,000 award in any way they wished. They decided to design and produce a custom-made bouncy castle called “Five Star Bouncy House”, which could be used by them and hired out to raise funds for the youth centre. In Takala’s video that follows the process, the children explain how they decided to spend the prize money, discussing the process of decision-making and the values that guided them.

As part of the exhibition the “Five Star Bouncy House” will be erected on weekends when the weather permits.

About the artist:

In her complex and rich practice Pilvi Takala confuses the space of exactly what the work is, whether a performance, a video, a sculpture or the space left behind after one of her interactions. Takala’s work sits between a serious investigation and playful agitation of social and political structures. Using disguise to engage and negotiate different social terrains, she reveals unspoken rules within systems of culture.

Takala (b. 1981) lives and works in Berlin.

The Profound Boredom Of Paul Cowan, Bernhard Hegglin, Georgie Nettell, Pilvi Takala, Hanna Törnudd & Annette Wehrmann

The Profound Boredom Of Paul Cowan, Bernhard Hegglin, Georgie Nettell, Pilvi Takala, Hanna Törnudd & Annette Wehrmann

curated by Geraldine Tedder

Opening Saturday 17th of December 6pm
18.12.16 - 21.01.17
Saturdays 12 - 17 or by appointment

Schmiedeweg 4, 3048 Worblaufen

A Rule By Nobody

Image Credit: Liz Magic Laser, still from The Thought Leader, 2015

A Rule By Nobody
Presented by Third Object
As part of the Fall Curatorial Residency
at Sector 2337

The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, October 16th, 7 pm, $5

A Rule By Nobody is an exploration of the boredoms, frustrations and pleasures of bureaucratic routines. Drawing its title from Hannah Arendt’s definition of bureaucracy, the exhibition takes the bored energy of office labor and channels it into a multipart dive into the sublimely overflowing inbox, the inky warm Xerox room, the balled up wads of red tape, and the moments of escape that punctuate the droning beige sameness of nine to five.

This video program is a motivational, team-building corporate retreat through other people’s daily grinds. The works in the screening emulate and parody various workplaces and their hierarchical structures to reveal inner formulas, dogmas and breaking points.

Program Details:
Hanne Lippard, Beige, 2013, Germany, digital video, 6m5s, color, sound

Kay Rosen, Sisyphus, 1991/2011, USA, digital video, 2m1s, black and white, no sound

Liz Magic Laser, The Thought Leader, 2015, USA, digital video, 9m21s, color, sound

Simon Denny, Diligent Boardbooks Website Presentation, 2011, Germany, digital video, 1m20s, color, sound

Ellen Nielsen, Flower Office, 2016, USA, digital video, 3m18s, color, sound

Jodie Mack, Unsubscribe #3: Glitch Envy, 2010, USA, 16mm, 5m45s, color, sound

Lawrence Weiner, To and Fro. Fro and To. And To and Fro. And Fro and To., 1972, USA, 1/2” open reel video transferred to digital video, black and white, sound

Pilvi Takala, The Trainee, 2008, Finland, digital video, 13m52s, color, sound

Andrew Norman Wilson, Workers Leaving the Googleplex, 2009-2011, USA, digital video, 11m3s, color, sound

This exhibition series is organized under the Fall Curatorial Residency at Sector 2337. It is composed of a two-part group exhibition, an ongoing back room installation, a video screening at the Nightingale Cinema, a live performance, and a printed publication.

Third Object is a roving curatorial collective based in Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Slow Stretch, Mana Contemporary Chicago; Satellites, The Franklin; Were the Eye Not Sunlike, ACRETV and Fernwey; and Mossy Cloak, Roots and Culture. Third Object is Ann Meisinger, Raven Munsell, and Gan Uyeda.

A Rule By Nobody is made possible through the support of Sector 2337, the Propeller Fund, Direct Office Furniture Warehouse, Video Data Bank and the Nightingale Cinema.