Award-winning artist Pilvi Takala will visit CAST
For this special event, the internationally renowned Finnish artist Pilvi Takala will travel to CAST to talk about her work and introduce a programme of four short films.
Free admission, all welcome. CAST Café food from 6pm, something hot and something sweet from £7.50. The screening will begin at 7pm.
The programme includes: ‘Real Snow White’, 2009, (9:19) which exposes the absurd logic of ‘real character’ within the extremely regulated construct of Disneyland, when Takala is banned from entering the park in a Snow White costume; ‘Players’, 2010, (7:52) a portrayal of six poker professionals in Bangkok, who follow the logic of the game in their everyday lives to ensure that they treat each other justly and contribute equally; ‘Workers’ Forum’, 2015, (6:23) an animated message conversation, the idea for which developed from Takala’s experience working for a service where users pay to have a pretend girlfriend or boyfriend texting them; and ‘The Stroker’, 2019, (15:16) based on a two week-long intervention by Takala at a trendy East London co-working space for young entrepreneurs and startups, during which she posed as a wellness consultant named Nina Nieminen, providing touching services in the workplace.
Takala’s work stretches the limits of documentary making and performance with works that emerge out of time spent within a particular community. She uses performative interventions as a means to process social structures and question the normative rules and truths of our behaviour in different cultural contexts, showing that it is often possible to learn about the implicit rules of a social situation only by its disruption.