The Trainee at Dolores/ Ellen de Bruijne Projects

Welcome to the opening on February 28 at 5 pm!
the show runs until the 4th of April.

The Trainee - Pilvi Takala

Imagine yourself in your (extremely) (boring) daily office job. Like you do every morning, you enter the big office (located in an area of the city which is easily reachable both by car and public transport) through the main entrance - greeting the hostess at the same time as you enter your access code to grant yourself access to the office area.

On your way to your own desk you spot a new girl. Although she wears her hair somewhat alternatively she does look quite ambitious with those neat trousers and that jacket.

On your first way (of many to come that day) to the coffee machine you see the new girl sitting at a desk. The desk has nothing on it - no computer, and not even papers or a pen. The girl is sitting behind the desk and appears to be in deep thought.

Back at your own desk you inquire about the girl with your colleagues. It turns out that her name is Johanna and that she is the new trainee. Why she doesn't have a computer is also quite a mystery to your colleagues.

On your second way to the coffee machine (or maybe it's the water cooler this time) you spot the trainee still without a computer - and still heavily contemplating. You decide to speak up to her: "What are you working on?", you ask. "I'm doing some brainwork", she answers. Flabbergasted you continue your ways.

Back at your desk you realize that it's also your responsibility to guarantee the future of the company, and therefore to make sure that the trainees from your company mirror the well being of this company in their future occupations. You decide to send an email with a complaint to your manager.

The last time you go and fetch some coffee for that day you meet up with some colleagues from Finance. They too have seen a new trainee sporting some awkward (to say the least) behavior...

The Trainee, 2008 - a video installation by Pilvi Takala.

Pilvi Takala (Finland, 1981) has shown her work at the 2005 Istanbul Biennale, and more recently at Frac des Pays de La Loire in Nantes, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, and the Turku Art Museum. Some of her recent groupshows inculde: the 5th Berlin Biennial, Kunsthalle Helsinki, and the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center. Currently she is a resident artist at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

This exhibition was made possible by Frascati.

Curated by Joris Lindhout

The gallery is open from Tuesday till Saturday from 13:00 to 18:00, and on the first Sunday of the month from 14:00 to 17:00.

Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Rozengracht 207A
1016 LZ, Amsterdam

Performance at MIHAN

photo:Regina Kelaita

performance at "Mostly It Happens At Night", Flatstation on February 26th

I called Pentecost Revival Church International 24-hour Prayer Warriors and asked for a prayer on my issue.

Mostly It Happens At Night 19.2.-28.2.



19.02.09 - 28.02.09

Artists: Marcel van den Berg, Daniela Bershan & Jonas Ohlsson, Maurice Bogaert, Constant Dullaart, Quinsy Gario, Regina Kelaita, Anne Schiffer and Pilvi Takala

From 19 February on, Mostly It Happens At Night presents art, films, music, performances and a nice meal every night at Flatstation. All of this will culminate in a Bijlmer style party on Saturday 28 February. Join us at Florijn 42 in the Bijlmer or on the Internet:

The project is an experiment and research on how artists present art works in physical and virtual space with the Bijlmer and its countless visible and invisible networks, nationalities and constant changes, as the starting point of their works.

Mostly It Happens At Night is the first FLAT Project by guest curator Maaike Gouwenberg in collaboration with Sandra van Dongen.

This project is financially supported by: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, SNS Reaalfonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland.

FLATSTATION: Florijn 42, 1102 BA Amsterdam, For more information please contact: Maaike Gouwenberg on 0031(0)614184486 or