Workers' Forum

Pilvi Takala

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.

Production Year
2015
Duration
00:06:23
Type
Genre
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Original Title
Workers' Forum
English Title

Workers' Forum

Production Countries
Finland,Germany
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Pilvi Takala (Author), Pilvi Takala (Director), Animatedzeug (Editor), Helsinki Contemporary (Funder), Animatedzeug (Sound Design)
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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.