ARTISTS’ CINEMA: Pilvi Takala at MSU

Gorgona Hall, Friday, April 15th 2016, 7 PM. Entrance is free.

Presentation of artworks by Pilvi Takala in the program ARTISTS’ CINEMA is performed in collaboratin with the project PERFORMIG THE MUSEUM.

After presentation of artworks done by Jasmina Cibic, MSU Zagreb is bringing another guest artist - Pilvi Takala. Artworks and film production of this artis from Finland is based on research of different social structures in different cultural contexts. She takes on the position of a director and the viewer become the real actor in her stories. By analyzing social topics and situations such as dreams coming true and money approation, she focuses our attention on disruption of borders and rules to show the real social situations.


Real Snow White (2009), 9:15 min / Players (2010), 7:50 min / Drive With Care (2013), 13 min /

The Committee (2015) 15 min / Workers Forum (2015), 6:23 min

Total: 51 min

ARTISTS’ CINEMA is a screening program at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb established in 2012, aimed at introducing contemporary artists and their cinematic works, created at the meeting point of contemporary art and cinema, of film and visual arts. The program presents recent works of film/video outside the context of production of entertainment and spectacle as well as introducing historical perspectives and developments. It completes the programming of the Museum and complement the presentation of this hybrid form. It is aimed to intensify the dialog and exchange on the cultural scene of the city, connecting artists, curators, and critics with the public; in this way it will contribute to an active internationalization of the art scene engaged in the media of moving images.

Curated by: Branka Benčić, independent curator

Project manager: Tihomir Milovac, senior curator MSU

Pilvi Takala at CCA Glasgow

Fri 8 April – Sun 15 May 2016

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD
United Kingdom

Artist Pilvi Takala provides an overview of her work of the last ten years in her first solo exhibition in Scotland.

Takala’s rich performative visual art practice takes place mostly at moments where she blends into environments that seemingly have little to do with an artistic reality. In the spaces and places of offices, class rooms, amusement parks and public streets, her form of disguise and infiltration reveals the direct operation of many of the systems she finds herself in.

From communities of poker players in Thailand and a marketing office in Finland, to a shopping mall in The Netherlands and a boarding school in the US, the project of infiltration is often employed to offer practical stages of public research. This research mostly comes to us in the form of documentation, rather than us witnessing the direct movements. It alludes to a form of extreme observation of how these things actually work and what they tell us of our own position in a larger framework of communities and life. A clear example of her tactics as an artist is her month-long traineeship at Deloitte in Helsinki in 2008. Embedded within the company, she slowly changed her concentration of the job from ‘working’ into ‘thinking’. Obviously raising attention within the office to her – at first sight – passive activity, her colleagues confronted her directly on her lack of productivity. It challenged the very basic need and value of work in a direct office landscape, showing cracks internally within such an environment in parallel to trying to develop artistic responses to such systems.

For the show at CCA, Takala will build upon her archive and focus on revisiting a work she developed in 2004 in Garnethill that signalled a way of working in a specific Glasgow community.


Programmed as part of Glasgow International Festival.

A series of events will accompany this exhibition and will be announced soon.

Tue-Sat: 11am-6pm // Sun: 12noon-6pm // Free
During GI festival only, the exhibition will be open on Monday, 11am – 6pm (11, 18 & 25 April).