The Last Artists Exhibition


The featured artists are Markus Copper, Elina Juopperi, Dzamil Kamanger & Kalle Hamm, Jukka Korkeila, Kalle Lampela, Harrie Liveart, Kimmo Modig & Jaakko Pallasvuo, Mimosa Pale in cooperation with the Other Spaces live arts collective, Pink Twins, Seppo Salminen, Suohpanterror and Pilvi Takala. Curated by Marketta Haila and Villu Jaanisoo.

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Artists’ Association of Finland, ARTISTS 2014 is the association’s 119th annual exhibition. But will it also be the last of its kind? The traditional annual exhibition has provoked hot debates for more than hundred years. This time we pose a question to artists and art lovers alike: is the institution still needed? We invite everyone to come to see contemporary Finnish art and tell us what you expect of visual art in this day and age.

Kunsthalle Helsinki
Nervanderinkatu 3
Tickets +358 40 450 7211

Tue, Thu, Fri 11–18
Wed 11–20
Sat-Sun 11–17
Mon closed


Opening October 2nd 6 pm
Exhibition until November 15th 2014

Participating artist: Pilvi Takala (FI)
Curator: Michal Novotný

Pilvi Takala's work is showing us that it is often possible to learn of the implicit rules of a social situation only by its disruption. Her apparently innocent actions such, as trying to enter Disneyland dressed as Snow White, leads to unexpectedly strong reactions from other social actors involved.
The dramaturgical perspective on a society suggests that human interactions are dependent upon time, place, and audience and that we cannot speak of the cause of human behaviour but only about its context.
According to this theory a person's identity is not a stable and independent psychological entity, but rather, it is constantly remade in the frame of interaction with others. Audiences have an idea of how the given situation should look like and performers will try to carry out the performance according to that idea. All individuals raise their identity from the consensus between the actor and the audience.
Social situations therefore create different forms and scripts structuring our perception, action and reaction. This reality indeed becomes itself a fiction, but as fictional as might appear the daily life portrait of an online poker-players community organized around the logic of the probability theory in Takala's video Players.
Looking at Takala's work we should not only be accenting the challenging potential, the position of the lonely artist versus the overall ideology. Takala herself mix in her work the reality of documented actions with staged portraiture documents and creates narratives such as the ones she reveals, probes and strains and is also definitely very conscious about it. As much as "the ice made out of ice tea in your ice tea" from the Players video Takala quotes and stretch the limits of different genres including the one of being a performance artist, a director, a documentary maker.
Michl Novotný
Wednesday - Sunday, 11am – 6pm - during temporary exhibitions
 Free entrance.
Holečkova 49
150 00 Praha 5

The Laws of Imitation in KIK Kolderveen

Exhibition with Constant Dullaart, Floor Meijers, Malcolm Kratz, Pilvi Takala, Semâ Bekirovic and Sharon Houkema,

5 t /m in October 26 KIK Kolderveen.
Opening October 5 at 14:00 
For more information on this and other activities in the framework of Sharon Houkema’s KIK-AIR project

To a large extent the Dutch landscape serves a recreational function. Also production landscapes are staged. The origin of the word ‘recreation’ in the current interpretation of ‘leisure’, is found in Latin ‘Recreatio’ where it meant something like: recovery from illness, revitalize, remake. What could it mean in a time when the distinction between creation and recreation is frequently only artificially maintained?

Open vrijdag en zondag 13:00-17:00 en op afspraak.
Stichting KiK 
Kolderveen 26 / 26a
7948 NJ Nijeveen

PLAY TIME, Contemporary Art Biennale Les Ateliers de Rennes

Contemporary art biennale
27 September–30 November 2014
Opening and professional preview:
Friday 26 September

Artists in PLAY TIME:
Michael Beutler, Cosima von Bonin, Lilian Bourgeat, Nicolas Chardon, François Curlet, Sam Curtis, Michael Dans, Denicolai & Provoost, Dewar & Gicquel, Florence Doléac, Jimmie Durham, Priscila Fernandes, Robert Filliou, Marianne Flotron, Michel François, Fucking Good Art, Gaillard & Claude, Ane Hjort Guttu, Pierre Huyghe, Ann Veronica Janssens, Sven ‘t Jolle, Gaspar Libedinsky, Erik van Lieshout, Maider López, Emilio Lopéz-Menchero, M/M (Paris), Erwan Mével, Gareth Moore, Mrzyk & Moriceau, Oscar Murillo, Rivane Neuenschwander & Cao Guimarães, Jean-Marc Paquot, Bruno Peinado, Hugues Reip, Hans Schabus, Franck Scurti, Katarina Ševic, Pilvi Takala, Jay Tan, Koki Tanaka, Pierre Tatu, Christophe Terlinden, Tehnica Schweiz, Thomas Tudoux, Donelle Woolford

Curator: Zoë Gray

Why today has work become our sole source of self-validation? 
As adults, do we still have the right to play?
Should we be dedicating more time to idleness?

In our work-oriented culture, especially in the protestant north, we have been told since the Middle Ages that idle hands are morally suspect. Since the Industrial Revolution, our hitherto self-organized manner of working—and playing—has been standardized, made to fit the factory whistle and the office clock. What has this done to our understanding of play time?

Appropriating the title of Jacques Tati’s most famous commercial flop, the 4th edition of Les Ateliers de Rennes – biennale d’art contemporain takes a Hulotesque stroll through the field of contemporary artistic practice. Exploring notions of work, play, idleness and the time we devote to each, PLAY TIME is structured around three international group shows that take place at La Halle de la Courrouze (a former military arsenal), at the Rennes Museum of Fine Arts and at the Frac Bretagne.

Bringing together the work of established and emerging artists, new commissions and existing works, PLAY TIME approaches the exhibition simultaneously as a playground and a place of work, a space and time of possibility in which artists and audience can play together. 

La Halle de la Courrouze
Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes
Frac Bretagne
& associated venues
Rennes, Brittany

Emotional Resources

Exhibition dates: 19 September 2014 to 10 January 2015.
Preview: Thursday 18 September, 6:00 - 8:00pm 

Performances: Daniel Lichtman will be performing: 'Broadcasting from a Secret Underground Bunker - one million views, thanks for watching' on the evening of the preview at 6.45pm & 7.30pm.

Main Gallery: Victor Alimpiev, Amalia Ulman,  Johann Arens,  Renate Bertlmann,  Ian Breakwell, Harry Burke, Moyra Davey, Július Koller, Daniel Lichtman, Harry Meadley, Erica Scourti, Matthew Smith, Pilvi Takala, Marie Toseland,  Phoebe Unwin, Donald Urquhart
Project Space: Joanna Piotrowska

"To intimate is to communicate with the sparest of signs and gestures, and at its root intimacy has the quality of eloquence and brevity"  - Lauren Berlant

What does it mean to convert private experience into public speech? Emotional Resources is a group exhibition that brings together art works from an international group of artists from the Seventies to the present day, exploring forms of intimacy and the everyday. The artists employ a range of approaches and media, including painting, video, photography and performance.  Alongside the group show NGCA will present Polish photographer Joanna Piotrowska's first solo exhibition, s.w.a.l.k. (sealed with a loving kiss) in the Project Space. From the tender touch to an awkward embrace the exhibitions ask, how did the public sphere become saturated with the exposure of private life?

The artworks shift between embodied forms of conversation such as speech and gesture towards more textual forms of communication, registering a curiosity in the overlooked details of daily life. Intimacy, to paraphrase Lauren Berlant, has the ability to repel the rhetoric and logic of law and politics within the public sphere and engender more intuited relationships. We can see the love letter in the workplace as a radical act; vulnerability and awkwardness can be a quest for something more authentic.  At a moment when the division between private and public is increasingly dissolved, how do we value emotionalism? 

Central to the exhibition is Ping-Pong (U.F.O.) (1970-onwards), a functioning Ping-Pong table by Július Koller. The work attempts to disarm the usual expectations of a gallery environment and calls for a more playful and social engagement with public space. Working in Communist Czechoslovakia throughout the Seventies and Eighties, Koller's work offered a spirited counterpoint to a society that was increasingly governed by bureaucracy. This serves as a guiding principle for 'Emotional Resources', and suggests that it is valuable to assert our personal histories and actual bodies into public concerns. 

Emotional Resources is the first project curated by George Vasey since joining the organisation.

Emotional Resources
Exhibition Seminar: Art, intimacy and the public sphere
Saturday 1 November, 11am-5pm. £7

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
City Library and Arts Centre
Fawcett Street
T 0191 561 1235
F 0191 567 0907

Attires and Attitudes at Tartu Art Museum

On Thursday, 4 September at 5 pm Pilvi Takala`s solo show “Attires and Attitudes” will open at Tartu Art Museum, Estonia.

For Tartu Art Museum, showing contemporary art by the most important artists from our neighbouring countries, alongside our own collection of Estonian contemporary art  has developed into a tradition. This year we have chosen Pilvi Takala from Finland, one of the most distinctive and productive artists amongst the younger generation active and in the international art scene today.

This exhibition at Tartu Art Museum is Pilvi Takala’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in the context of an art museum and it is a great honour and pleasure for us to host her and to produce this exhibition.

The exhibition “Attires and Attitudes” is accompanied by a publication that contains an interview with Pilvi Takala about her practices of art and life. 32 pages, in English and Estonian.

Raekoja plats 18, Tartu

Exhibitions open
Wed, Fri–Sun 11–18 / Thu 11–21
P: 744 1920

Office & postal address
Vallikraavi 14, Tartu
Mon–Fri 9–17.30
P: 734 1050

Permanent Playfulness at Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo

Permanent Playfulness
Mendes Wood DM
São Paulo, Brasil

August 31 thru October 5, 2014
Opening: Sunday, August 31

artists including;
Abbas Akhavan, Adrian Melis, Adriano Costa, Ahmet Ögüt, Beto Schwafaty, Deyson Gilbert, Irma Blank, Goran Trbuljak, Mladen Stilinović, Pilvi Takala, Paulo Bruscky, Paulo Nazareth, Robert Kinmont, Roberto Winter.

Five Star Bouncy House is out!

Five Star Bouncy House, the culmination of PilviTakala's 2013 Emdash Award project is ready. Takala gave her award budget to a group of 8-12 year-olds from Eastside Youth Centre in Bow, East London aiming to explore the social processes behind decision making. The committee of children decided to design and manage a Five Star Bouncy House which was unveiled at a community event on 23 August. And the fun doesn't stop there! You can also hire the Bouncy House for your own event, directly from the children at Eastside Youth Centre.

Photo credit: Lewis Ronald

Shifting Identities

Shifting Identities
Identity in contemporary art between Finland and Estonia

Featuring work by:
Reio Aare, Flo Kasearu, Paul Kuimet, Eva Labotkin, Tanja Muravskaja, Kristina Norman, Mark Raidpere, Eva Sepping, Liina Siib, 10x10 meters, Adel Abidin, Aino Kannisto, Riikka Kuoppala, Mikko Kuorinki, Antti Laitinen, Liisa Lounila, Nelli Palomäki, Anna Rokka, Jani Ruscica, Pia Sirén, Pilvi Takala.

21.05.2014 — 14.09.2014

Macro Testaccio
Padiglione B
Piazzo O. Giustiniani, 4
00153- Roma

ΣNIGMA at /V⧵inibar, Stockholm


With: Steve Bishop (uk)
 Constant Dullaart (nl)
 Christian Jeppsson (se)
 Sonia Kacem (ch)
 Sofia M. Westin (se)
 Anna Sagström (se)
 Pilvi Takala (fi)

12/4–3/5 2014
Opening Saturday April 12, 17–20 
Gallery opening hours: Thurs & Sat 14–18
 /V⧵inibar, Hälsingegatan 33, Vasastan, Stockholm.

ℬy  Lars TCF Holdhus (no)
 Minibar (se)
 Yoga Center (se/fi)
(Edition of 10 x 3, 100 SEK)

text by Rasmus Fleicher.


Digital versus analog is an illusory contrast ↙
↗ Our world remains an enigma ↺

It's my hair and i can do what i want with it at Galerie Kamm

It's my hair and i can do what i want with it

With Lisa Holzer, Liz Magic Laser, Renzo Martens,
Pilvi Takala, Britta Thie and Jordan Wolfson
Curated together with Kirsa Geiser

Opening Friday, 28 February 2014, 6pm
1 March - 19 April 2014

'Under the hypnotic grimaces of official pacification, a war is being waged. A war that can no longer be called simply economic, social, or humanitarian, because it is total. And though each of us senses that our existence has become a battlefield where neuroses, phobias, somatizations, depression, and anguish are but a kind of defeated retreat, no one can grasp the trajectory of the battle or understand what's at stake in it. Paradoxically, it's because of the total character of this war - total in its means no less than in its ends - that it could be invisible in the first place.

To open force the empire prefers underhanded methods, chronic prevention, and the spread of molecules of constraint through everyday life. Its internal (endo) cop-ization clearly relays the general cop-ization, as individual self-control does social control. The new police are imperceptible because they're omnipresent.' 

Galerie Kamm
Rosa-Luxemburg-str. 45
D - 10178 Berlin
t/f +49 (0)30 28386464
tue - sat, 11am - 6pm

Don't Embarrass the Bureau at Lunds Konsthall

Don't Embarrass the Bureau
15 February–1 June 2014

Lunds konsthall
Mårtenstorget 3

SE-22351 Lund

T +46 46355295

Lunds konsthall is glad to present Don't Embarrass the Bureau, a group exhibition curated by Matteo Lucchettiand featuring artists who question the workings of bureaucracy, in the time of so-called "leaked democracy," by subjecting it to challenges that reveal how sensitive and even precarious it may be.

The title is borrowed from a novel from 1972. Its author, Bernard F. Conners, had then been a special agent of the FBI for eight years and claimed to have written the first book revealing all the Bureau's secrets at all levels. The main rule that all agents must internalize is: "Whatever happens, never ever embarrass the Bureau."

The secret services symbolize the highest degree of loyalty to an office, where the individual is expected to dissolve and vanish. Any act that embarrasses the Bureau—or any institution, organisation or office conscious of its reputation—will disrupt its regular functioning.

The artists and artists' groups featured in the exhibition at Lunds konsthall are Lawrence Abu Hamdan,Rossella Biscotti, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Luca Frei, Jill Magid, Metahaven, Song Ta, Jonas Staal, Superflex and Pilvi Takala. Moreover, the accompanying catalog contains special contributions by Trevor Paglen and Anna Scalfi Eghenter.

Superflex show a new work: a paper handed out to all visitors to make public the budget for Don’t Embarrass the Bureau.

Almost all these artists seem to ignore the title's imperative request by purposely contaminating an office (a workplace, a formalized function, a bureaucracy) with critical or ambiguous acts and thoughts. The works in the exhibition question the legitimacy of the structures that govern our social, political and economic life: from public administration to the corporate office, including Parliament and the secret services.

By doing this the artists also expose themselves, as professionals performing outside the operational field usually granted to them. Through their work they make us aware of a space that any citizen might decide to conquer, if only temporarily.

After WikiLeaks revelations, loud calls for transparency are now being heard, not least through the leaking of classified information, data from mass surveillance and other secrets from the Bureau. This is forcing contemporary bureaucracy to reorganize. The activism of Aaron Schwarz and others like him, and whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden, also inspire us to re-think how we perform our roles as citizens under a regime of pervasive and enforced visibility.

In November 2013 the curator presented his research behind this exhibition within the framework of the Para Site International Arts Residency in Hong Kong, in an event titled Hong Kong Whistleblowers Cluband comprising a two-part screening program and a discussion in the hotel where Edward Snowden was staying before going to Russia. The event thematized bureaucracy and embarrassment against the foil of Hong Kong as a diplomatic safe haven.

You can find more information about the research behind the exhibition at 

Tonight, you can call me Trish at The LAB Gallery

Opening reception Thursday 6 February 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition continues 7 February – 22 March 2014

The LAB Gallery, brought to you by Dublin City Council, is pleased to present:

Tonight, you can call me Trish

A group exhibition curated by RGKSKSRG, recipients of the 2013/14 Emerging Curator Award.

Featuring artists Alan Butler (IE), Mark Durkan (IE), Mary-Jo Gilligan (IE), Oliver Laric (AT), Rachel Maclean (UK), Eilis McDonald (IE), Brenna Murphy (US),
James Ó hAodha (IE), Pilvi Takala (FI).

The opening will be preceded by an artist talk with Rachel Maclean at 5pm, presented in partnership with the MA in Visual Arts Practices, IADT.

The exhibition will be officially launched by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Visual Arts Advisor with the Arts Council.

The show features works by International artists Oliver Laric, Rachel Maclean, Brenna Murphy, and Pilvi Takala; with newly commissioned interventions by Dublin-based artists Alan Butler, Mark Durkan and Eilis McDonald; and ephemeral events by Mary-Jo Gilligan and James Ó hAodha.

Playing with precarity, performance, and the virtual as real, Tonight, you can call me Trish invites artists and viewers to move through multiple states of being. This is an exhibition created through plural agencies at work; artists are artists, diviners, designers, mediators; audience is viewer, believer, conspirator, user; curator is conceptualist, choreographer, strategist, inputter. With all the bluster of a one-night stand, Trish rides on the energy of art's own glossy promise, in a mashed-up, smashed-up, post-decorative dissolution of illusion.

Tonight, you can call me Trish has been produced with kind support from Irish Art Courier and Kunstverein Düsseldorf.

The LAB Gallery is supported by Dublin City Council and the Arts Council.

For further information, please contact:
Rachael Gilbourne/Kate Strain at
The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
Exhibition open Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
T: +353 (0) 1 222 5455

Private Matters at Apexart

Private Matters

Organized by Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Hayes Williams 

Featuring work by:
Becca Albee and Kathleen Hanna, Maria Antelman, Nilbar Güreş, Trevor Paglen, Stephanie Syjuco, and Pilvi Takala 

On view: January 16 - March 1, 2014

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, January 15: 6-8 pm

291 Church Street 
New York, NY 10013 USA
tel. +212 431 5270
fax. +646 827 2487 
hours: tue - sat 11 - 6 pm 
free admission to all events

Drive With Care World Premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam

Drive with Care 
Fri 24 Jan 16:30
Sat 25 Jan 14:15

LantarenVenster 6
Otto Reuchlinweg 996

Momentum? at PMS-Gallery

Maybe the time has come to live our corporality rather than speak our sexuality.

Marie Angeletti, Kjærsti Andvig, Sylvie Blocher, Caroline Mesquita, Marina Faust, Pilvi Takala,Tania Perez Cordova, Tobias Kaspar, Hannah Weinberger

Curated by Petunia
art and entertainment
feminist publication

Opening   Friday 17 6—9pm January 2014 
Duration  January 18 — February 28 2014
Opening hours   tue—sat11am—6pm

psm — Köpenickerstr 126 — 10179 Berlin

Backspace Pilvi Takala: Drive With Care

Van Doesburg

Bert Membius
Pilvi Takala
Drive With Care


opening saturday 11 January, 17-19h

Elandsstraat 90
NL–1016 SH Amsterdam

T 0031 (0) 20 624 23 61
F 0031 (0) 20 624 23 62

Opening hours:
Wednesday - Friday 
11.00 - 18.00 H 
13.00 - 18.00 H
and by appointment
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