Pilvi Takala’s retrospective and two new films by Jan Ijäs at Nordisk Panorama

Nordisk Panorama has unveiled their full programme. The festival will operate as a hybrid of online and live screenings and events. The competition screenings will be available on the festival’s streaming platform, while the on-site events are held in collaboration with e.g. Malmö City Library and Malmö Konsthall. Nordisk Panorama will be held from September 17–27.

A retrospective of five works by Pilvi Takala at Malmö Konsthall

Nordisk Panorama and Malmö Konsthall present a retrospective of five works by Pilvi Takala. The programme “Subtle Disruptions” is open from September 23–27 and includes the following works:

Pilvi Takala: The Stroker (2019)

The Stroker (2019, 15:00)

The Stroker is based on Takala’s two week-long intervention at Second Home, a trendy East London coworking space for young entrepreneurs and startups. During the intervention Takala posed as a wellness consultant named Nina Nieminen, the founder of cutting-edge company Personnel Touch who were allegedly employed by Second Home to provide touching services in the workplace. Request this work

The Committee (2014, 15:00)

In “The Committee” 8 to 12 year old children explain how they decided to spend 7000 pounds. They discuss the process of decision making and the values guiding their decisions. The children are 11 regulars at a youth center in Bow, London, and were invited by the artist to spend her Emdash Award budget, normally aimed towards production of art work for Frieze Art Fair. The children were free to spend the money any way they wanted as well as to choose how to make decisions in a group.

Worker’s Forum (2015, 06:23)

The idea for Workers’ Forum developed from Takala’s experience as a micro-tasker in the United States, working for a service where users pay to have a pretend girlfriend or boyfriend texting them. Through a crowdsourcing platform, the artist responded to the task ‘Write a text message that is positive, engaging and convincingly written in the voice of someone texting a significant other.’ Takala was fascinated by the potential within the fictional space created in the text message exchange, but like many of the other workers, she was frustrated by the inconsistencies and lack of quality of the service. Many felt compelled to invest extra time and effort into the emotional labour aspect of the role, despite being underpaid and working within a system that is designed to minimise human connection and make caring as difficult as possible. Workers’ Forum is based on conversations that took place on a discussion forum between the workers, trying to figure out together how to be an invisible partner.

Trainee (2008, installation)

The Trainee has been produced in collaboration with international accounting firm Deloitte. In order to realise the project, the artist worked for a month as trainee in the marketing department of Deloitte, where only a few people knew the true nature of the project. During the month-long intervention, an initially normal-seeming marketing trainee starts to apply peculiar working methods. Gradually she shifts from the position of someone others believe to be normal, to the object of avoidance and speculation.

Real Snow White (2006, 09:15, in featured image)

The absurd logic of the ‘real character’ and the extreme rules of Disneyland become apparent when a real fan of Snow White is banned from entering the theme park dressed as Snow White.

Two new documentary films by Jan Ijäs at Malmo City Library and online

Jan Ijäs: Waste no. 6 How Great (2019)

Two recent documentary films from Jan Ijäs’s ongoing Waste series are screened as a looping screening “Waste Not, Want Not” at Malmö City Library. They will also be available online from September 21 for the duration of the festival.

Waste no. 4 New York, New York (2019, 20:00) revisits the history of the City in twenty minutes through twelve cemeteries and one landfill. The short documentary is the fourth, independent episode from the ten-part Waste series.  

Waste no. 6 How Great (2019, 45:00) revisits the value chains behind the storage of information. Before, we would stick our photos in cardboard albums, keep our letters and other correspondence safely tucked away and display our music and movies on our bookshelves. Now that same data sits on our phones and computer hard drives and lurks on a cloud. That cloud is usually portrayed as blue against white background. 

Pilvi Takala’s, Mika Taanila’s and Risto-Pekka Blom’s latest short film selected for the Best Nordic Short competition

Mika Taanila: Patent No. 314805 (2020)

Pilvi Takala’s If Your Heart Wants It (Remix) (2020), Mika Taanila’s Patent No. 314805 (2020) and Risto-Pekka Blom‘s Canary (2020) were selected for the Best Nordic Short competition. All films in the competition will be available online in the Nordic countries from September 17 for the duration of the festival.

Nordisk Panorama, September 17–27 2020, Malmö, Sweden

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