2008, Video, 13 minutes 52 seconds, key card, letter
In this month-long intervention at the accountin firm Deloitte, an initially normal-seeming marketing trainee starts behaving in peculiar ways. We see her seated at her workstation in the consultants’ open-plan office space or at the tax department library, but doing absolutely nothing – all day long. One video shows her spending an entire day going up and down in an elevator. Her co-workers start avoiding her, and she becomes the subject of speculation.
People may turn a blind eye when someone pretends to be busy in the workplace, but blatant inactivity is considered unacceptable. Idleness challenges the social order.
Pilvi Takala is an artist living and working 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 of our behaviour. 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 at Seoul Mediacity Biennale (2021), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2021), CCA Glasgow (2016), Manifesta 11 (2016), Centre Pompidou (2015), MoMA PS1 (2014), Palais de Tokyo (2013) and New Museum (2012).