Rolina E Blok & Alessandra Falbo
Working Hard or Hardly Working: a Deepfake Sensation

Show EXTENDED to 1 March2020
open Sat - Sun 1-6pm and by appointment


Five Years presents new collaborative work by Rolina E. Blok and Alessandra Falbo. Working Hard or Hardly Working: a Deepfake Sensation is an immersive installation incorporating video, print, sound and performance. In this participatory, multi-media mirror maze, the nostalgic glamour of pre-digital pop personae and the mundane drudgery of 24/7 online self-presentation refract and collide.

“We invite you to join our deepfake selves within music videos we used to deploy for Stayin’ Alive as we were Puttin’ on the Ritz [3rd version] during a permanent #artworkiswork Olympics.
Presented in sync with the #placeholderworkisworktoo league games, the expansive madness hardly allowed going home to Wuthering Heights. We love our clients & moved on with Don’t tell me to stop & Take everything I dare you to while home became the variety of environmental fictions surrounding glitchy face swaps.

Norm life baby; “I'm just a sample of a soul made to look just like a human being".”

- the artists.


Rolina E. Blok (b. The Hague, 1992) is an artist of Dutch/Romanian origin, currently based in London. Blok is an MA Fine Art alumna from Central Saint Martins, where she also undertook a printmaking residency from her graduation in 2016 until 2018. Her work incorporates multiple disciplines, including printmaking, sculpture, performance, video and visual effects. She was awarded the Daniel Ford International Award for Innovation and has participated in projects at Tate Exchange, Palais de Tokyo and various galleries internationally. Blok is currently a Screenprint Fellow at The Royal Academy of Arts and is the course leader for Advanced Print & Media at City Lit.

Alessandra Falbo (b. São Paulo, 1990) is a London-based Italian artist, performer and curator. Her multimedia practice (video, photography, installation) draws itself from her personal experience and includes collaborative projects: the short docu-fiction A Rough Cut Of Love (2017), produced with the director Lud Monaco, has been screened in over 50 cities across Brazil, Europe and the U.S. She has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions internationally including A Moveable Feast (Platforms Project Independent Art Fair, Athens 2019), Eaux d'Artifice (in collaboration with Lee Wells, IFAC Athina, Athens 2019) and Porn The Theory - Fantasy The Practice // by Stewart Home & Itziar Bilbao Urrutia (Cable Depot, London 2019). She is the founder & director of the project & residency space Darling Pearls & Co.



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