Based on real-life, the experimental video work tells about the life of six international poker professionals living within Bangkok’s poker community. A player, who narrates the story, explains that playing poker is more a means to make money than a passion, yet the rules of the community follow the game’s logic. The players use probability theory – the fundamental theory of poker – to ensure that they treat each other justly and contribute equally. The real poker players are not seen in the film but Takala acts out all the described scenes.
Pilvi Takala (Author), Pilvi Takala (Director)
Pilvi Takala (b. 1981) lives and works between Berlin and Helsinki. Her video works are based on performative interventions in which she researches specific communities in order to process social structures and question the normative rules and truths of our behaviour in different contexts. Her works show that it is often possible to learn about the implicit rules of a social situation only by its disruption. Her work has been shown in MoMA PS1 and New Museum, Kiasma, Palais de Tokyo, Kunsthalle Basel, Manifesta 11, Witte de With, and the 9th Istanbul Biennial. Takala won the Dutch Prix de Rome in 2011 and the Emdash Award and Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts in 2013.