Mika Taanila

  • Artist
  • Filmmaker

Mika Taanila is a film director/visual artist, born 1965 in Helsinki, and lives and works in Helsinki. He is an artist working fluently inbetween documentary film-making, avant-garde cinema and visual arts. Many of his films look curiously at the progress of technological evolution, futuristic visions of contemporary science and the intersection of art and science. Taanila has participated in numerous international group shows, such as: Aichi Triennale (2013); Arctic Hysteria at PS.1. New York (2008); Shanghai Biennale (2006); Berlin Biennale (2004); and Manifesta 4 (2002). Solo shows include: Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2013-2014); CAM, St. Louis (2013); TENT, Rotterdam (2013); Galleria Heino, Helsinki (2010); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2008); Dazibao, Montréal (2007); and Migrosmuseum, Zurich (2005). In June 2012 Taanila participated in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel with the premiere of The Most Electrified Town In Finland.  

Selected filmography:

My Silence (2013, 13 min, single channel video installation)

Six Day Run (2013, 15 min, DCP)

The Most Electrified Town In Finland (2012, 15 min, three channel video installation)

Man and Science (2011, 20 sec, 16mm silent film loop)

Twilight (2010, 6 min, video installation for two moving projectors)

The Zone of Total Eclipse (2006, 6 min, 2x16mm)

Optical Sound (2005, 6 min, 35 mm)

Stimulus Progression (2005, 4 min, site-specific video and audio installation)

Future Is Not What It Used To Be (2002, 52 min, 35 mm)

A Physical Ring (2002, 4 min, 35 mm)

RoboCup99 (2000, 25 min, 35 mm)

Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998, 28 min, 35 mm)

Pori (1998, 35 min, 3 x 16mm, live music by Circle)

Thank You for The Music – A film about Muzak (1997, 27 min, 35mm



Mika Taanila: The Most Electrified Town in Finland/Suomen Sähköisin Kunta