21/09 - 16/11 2013

Celine Berger
Celine Condorelli
Sophie Hope & Jenny Richards
Sally O'Reilly
Monika Striker
Pilvi Takala
Carey Young

+ commissioned text by
Nathalie Hartjes

Division of Labour &
Foregate Street WR1 1DT

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Four to the Floor // (Far) Below the Bassline at Cultural Center

Four to the Floor // (Far) Below the Bassline


Curator: Mika Hannula

Opening and talk with the artists, Liisa Lounila, Fanni Niemi-Junkola and the curator of the exhibition, Mika Hannula
Friday, September 20 at 8 pm

The exhibition of the three Finnish artist is a result of the continued collaboration with Mika Hannulaone of the curators of the 53rd October Salon, entitled Good Life, physical narratives and spatial imaginations (Belgrade, 2012). The idea of the exhibition is to create and generate a situation for exhibiting contemporary video artists that becomes anchored to the site where it is shown.

The themes addressed in these works deal with the big issues: death, crises but also with playful hope and chance. Therefore the title which suggests the following: we are looking at and with topics and matters that go deep, far below the surface, far below even the deepest of the deep bass line. That’s why the somehow cryptic, double sided title – Four to the Floor // (Far) Below the Bassline – which stresses the wish and the need to create a platform for video works that focus on their singularities (only one work is shown at a time) and on their themes and topics that are connected deep into the images of the everyday life.
(taken from the concept of Mika Hannula)

Supported by FRAME foundation, Finland.
Thanks to al artists and Embassy of Finland in Belgrade.

Podroom is supported by Erste bank.

Rehearsal of the Real at Kunstverein Nürnberg

Rehearsal of the Real

Nevin Aladag, Adam Linder, Pilvi Takala, Diego Tonus

21.09. – 24.11.2013

Eröffnung: Freitag, 20. September 2013, 19 Uhr
Begrüßung: Peter Naumann (Vorsitzender)
Einleitung: Simone Neuenschwander (Direktorin)

Mit der Performance Ma Ma Ma Materials von Adam Linder am Eröffnungsabend um 20 Uhr.

Kunstverein Nürnberg
Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft
Kressengartenstraße 2, D - 90402 Nürnberg

5th Moscow Biennale Special Project / 0 Performance – The Fragile Beauty of Crisis

0 Perfomance – The fragile beauty of crisis
Moscow State Exhibition Hall "New Manege"

14.09 - 05.10.2013

Curator: Mirjam Varadinis

Bas Jan Ader (Netherlands)
Arturo Hernandez Alcazar (Mexico)
Pawel Althamer (Poland)
Nina Beier & Simon Dybbroe Møller (Denmark)
Trisha Brown (USA)
Stefan Burger (Switzerland/Germany)
Mircea Cantor (Romania)
Chto Delat (Russia)
Collective actions (Russia)
Peter Fischli/ David Weiss (Switzerland)
Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller (Switzerland)
Adelita Husni-Bey (Italy/Lybia)
Goldin + Senneby (Sweden)
Georg Keller and Zofia Kwasieborska (Switzerland)
San Keller (Switzerland)
Muchomory (Russia)
Ahmet Ögüt (Turkey)
Roman Ondak (Slovakia)
Adrian Paci (Albania)
Annaïk Lou Pitteloud (Switzerland)
Pratchaya Phinthong (Thailand)
Katerina Šedà (Czech Republic)
Nedko Solakov (Bulgaria)
Ksenia Sorokina (Russia)
Mladen Stilinovic (Serbia - Croatia)
Pilvi Takala (Finland)

Performative strategies have become an important part of contemporary art practices in recent years. After a high peak of performance art in the 1960s and 70s, a young generation of artists is discovering the medium of performance again and explores ephemeral and process-oriented ways of working rather than object based art works.

The special project for the 5th Moscow Biennale entitled „0 Performance – The Fragile Beauty of Crisis” reflects on this phenomenon with a special focus on the double meaning of the word ‘performance‘ – a term that is used both in artistic and economic language. While for many years a persisting belief in endless economic growth and performance was the dominant paradigm, the current economic crisis made the failure of this neoliberal system evident and created – or better creates –  a moment of ‘zero performance’ in wide areas of Europe.

While this ‘zero performance’ has existential consequences for many people, it offers also an opportunity to reflect on alternative methods that escape and break with the capitalist logics of efficiency and the pressure of constant production. Time has become one of the most precious goods today. Moments of pause or non-performance are not only extinct but considered improper in work life. The exhibition „0 Performance – The Fragile Beauty of Crisis” is exploring the creative potential of this moment of non-productivity or “zero” performance linking it on one hand to the economic crisis we live through and on the other hand to Mladen Stilinovic’ “Praise of Laziness”, a manifesto that the artist wrote in 1993 to reflect on questions of artistic production and the differences between eastern and western artists.

5th Moscow Biennale Special Project / Ghost In The System - Scenarios For Resistance

Ghost In The System - Scenarios For Resistance
National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow

14.09 - 05.10.2013

Curators: Xander Karskens, Irina Gorlova

Participants: Guido van der Werve, Joost Conijn, Erik van Lieshout, Renzo Martens, Nathaniel Mellors, Julika Rudelius, Pilvi Takala

What remains the potential of art in a crisis-ridden world, a world subjugated to the cynicism of neoliberal capitalism and ever-expanding globalization? As Theodor Adorno already argued half a century ago, resistance to the ‘totally administered world’ is both absolutely necessary yet utterly impossible. The gargantuan task resting on the artists’s shoulders today is to try and navigate this paradox without losing faith or succumbing to resignation, and to try and find ever new ways to imagine the world around us differently.

The artists in “Ghost in the system – scenarios for resistance” each hold individual artistic positions in which they navigate the possibilities of refusal, in order to resist the hegemony of the governing order. In doing so, they aspire to generate debate and conflict – whether actively responding to sociopolitical reality on the world’s stage, or negotiating the forces of individual subjectivity. From Renzo Martens’s provocative analysis of the economy of poverty to Guido van der Werve’s exhaustive exploration of against-the-grain self-determination, the exhibited artists look for ways to counter the forces that govern us, using the work of art as a site for resistance and speculation.

“Ghost in the system – scenarios for resistance” brings together a selection of recent video works and installations from the collection of De Hallen Haarlem. De Hallen Haarlem is a museum for modern and contemporary art in Haarlem, that presents an international program of temporary exhibitions, public programs, and collection presentations. Since 2000, its collection focus has shifted towards photography and video. Focusing on a broad range of performative strategies in contemporary art, it comprises important contemporary works by artists like Paul McCarthy, Rineke Dijkstra, Andrea Fraser, Nan Goldin, Erik van Lieshout, Guido van der Werve, and Artur Zmijewski.

“Ghost in the system – scenarios for resistance” presents works by a young generation of artists, which is representative for the international character of the artist community in the Netherlands. Many of them have been participants in internationally acclaimed postgraduate educational institutions like the Rijksakademie or De Ateliers in Amsterdam. They are widely exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad.

Image Employment at MoMA PS1

Image Employment
September 5–October 7, 2013

Image Employment presents recent moving image works that investigate various modes of contemporary production. The selected works illustrate differing approaches to the subject, from observational films that avoid participation in capitalistic image creation, to videos that engage corporate omnipotence by employing its processes, as well as works that complicate these two tendencies.

Many of the films in the exhibition take an oppositional approach to commercial image making. In Kevin Jerome Everson's Quality Control African-American workers from an Alabama dry-cleaning factory are shown relentlessly carrying out their jobs in real time. Everson explores the duration and physicality of labor through a series of lengthy shots that draw attention to particular tasks such as working the pant press or ironing shirts.

Alternately, many video works in this exhibition employ corporate processes and communication by reiterating corporate imagery and intervening into sites of emergent industries and globalized consumption. DIS' Watermarked I Kenzo Fall 2012, for example, arose out of a paid commission for Kenzo's seasonal menswear collection. The work reflexively dramatizes the commercial advertisement form through the absurd excesses of the actors' expressions, the politically correct racial composition, and a stock media infused aesthetic.

Invoking the cyclical and growing convergence between labor, consumption, and that which propels them, Image Employment examines different ways artists use moving image work to engage and confront contemporary modes of production.

Week 1: September 5–8: 
Workers Leaving...

Workers Leaving The Factory
Auguste and Louis Lumière, 1895, 1 min, 35mm to video, b&w, silent, France

Workers Leaving the Factory
Harun Farocki, 1995, 36 min, video, color and b&w, 1:1,37, Germany

Workers Leaving the Googleplex
Andrew Norman Wilson, 2011, 11 min, HD video, color and sound, United States

Workers Leaving the Job Site
Kevin Jerome Everson, 2013, 6:30 min, 16mm to HD video, color, silent, United States  Courtesy of the artist; Trilobite-Arts DAC and Picture Palace Pictures

Week 2: September 12–14: 
Long Takes and The Object of Labor

Long Takes

Quality Control
Kevin Jerome Everson, 2011, 71 min, 16mm to HD video, b&w and sound, United StatesCourtesy of the artist; Trilobite-Arts-DAC and Picture Palace Pictures

Lunch Break
Sharon Lockhart - TBC, 2008, 83 min, 35 mm transferred to HD video, color and sound, United States

The Object of Labor

Sack Barrow
Ben Rivers, 2011, 21 min, 16mm to HD video, color and sound, United Kingdom

Unstable Object
Dan Eisenberg, 2011, 69 min, HD video, color and sound, U.S./Germany/Turkey

Week 3: September 26–30: 
Dream Factory

Stealing Beauty
Guy Ben-Ner, 2007, 18 min, SD Video, color and sound, Israel

The Trainee
Pilvi Takala, 2008, 13 min, HD Video, color and sound, Finland

A New Product
Harun Farocki, 2012, 36 min, HD video, color and sound, Germany

People's passion, lifestyle beautiful wine, gigantic glass towers, all surrounded by water
Neil Beloufa, 2011, 10 min, HD video, color and sound, France

Watermarked I Fall 2012
DIS, 2012,  2 min, HD Video, color and sound, United States

Harm van den Dorpel, 2011, 5 min, HD video, color and sound, The Netherlands

Green Screen Refrigerator
Mark Leckey, 2010, 17 min, HD video, color and sound, United Kingdom

Michael-Bell Smith, 2012, 3 min, HD video, color and sound, United States

Hito Steyerl, 2010, 30 sec, HD single channel video, color and sound, Germany

Ryan Trecartin, 2009, 33 min, HD video, color and sound, United States

Week 4: October 3–7: 
The Movement of Capital

Part I:

The Financial Crisis
Superflex, 2009, 12:23 min, HD video, color and sound, Denmark

Open Outcry
Ben Thorp Brown, 2013, 15 min, HD video, color and sound, United States

Unsupported Transit
Zachary Formwalt, 2011, 14:25 min, HD single channel video, color and sound, United States

Part II:

China Town
Lucy Raven, 2009, 51:30 min, photographic animation, United States

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Borderline at La GAD Marseille

Border Line

Bastien COSSON
Mathieu VAN EYCK
Dana WYSE / Jesus Had A Sister

Curators : Charlotte COSSON & Emmanuelle LUCIANI

La GAD – Galerie Arnaud Deschin
34 rue Espérandieu 13001 MARSEILLE – France

The Invisible Lady

The Invisible Lady
Stina Krooks Stiftelse Anniversary exhibition


New works by: Erkka Nissinen, Aurora Reinhard, Hans Rosenström, Pilvi Takala

Amos Anderson Art Museum
Yrjönkatu 27, 00100 Helsinki

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Players at Parallel /// Oaxaca

Pilvi Takala

15 Sept -18 Oct

Parallel Oaxaca

Santo Tomás esq. José López Alavez, 68040 Oaxaca, Mexico

+52 951 132 6544