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11 September 2010 —
05 December 2010

Pil and Galia Kollectiv:
The Future Trilogy

Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Better Future, Wolf-Shaped, 2008 (still). 16mm film transferred to DVD, 15 mins. Courtesy of the artists
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, The Future for Less, 2006 (still). Super 8mm and 16mm film transferred to DVD, 10 mins. Courtesy of the artists
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, The Future is Now, 2009 (still). Super 8mm and 16mm film transferred to DVD, 23 mins. Courtesy of the artists
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Co-Operative Explanatory Capabilities in Organizational Design and Personnel Management, 2006 (installation view). DVD video. Images courtesy of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Courtesy of the artists. Photo by Sam Hartnett
Pil and Galia Kollectiv, Co-Operative Explanatory Capabilities in Organizational Design and Personnel Management, 2006 (installation view). DVD video. Images courtesy of Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Courtesy of the artists. Photo by Sam Hartnett

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The exhibition presents the full Future Trilogy which was completed in 2009. The trilogy is based on the opening of a new IKEA store in Edmonton, London in November 2005. IKEA celebrated with a twenty-four hour launch accompanied by significant price reductions on leather sofas. But when six thousand people arrived to compete for the discount a riot ensued which injured sixteen shoppers and required the store to be closed after just thirty minutes. The Future Trilogy takes this event as the starting point to speculate on a future where the popular fascination with modern designer furniture has morphed into state religions underpinned by the ideals of the early twentieth century avant-garde.

The exhibition also presents their 2010 work Co-Operative Explanatory Capabilities in Organizational Design and Personnel Management which narrates a fictional story of a company that adopts highly experimental approaches to achieving worker productivity. The project investigates the place of creativity in efficiency management and the operation of bureaucratic systems in a post-industrial work environment. The Kollectiv's pseudo documentary creates a careful blend of fact and fiction through the combination of a distinctive BBC narrator's voice with imagery sourced from an online photographic archive for an early computing company. The story becomes increasingly provocative as more and more of the bizarre antics of the company employees are revealed, leading to the members of the company eventually forming a religious cult.