BIO

Mika Taanila (b. 1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki.

Taanila’s works have been shown at major international group shows, such as Aichi Triennale (2013), Documenta (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Berlin Biennale (2004), Manifesta (2002) and Istanbul Biennial (2001). Solo shows include Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (2013–14), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2013), TENT, Rotterdam (2013), Galleria Heino, Helsinki (2010), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2008), Dazibao, Montréal (2007) and Migrosmuseum, Zurich (2005).

Taanila’s films have been screened at several international film festivals and special events. Festival screenings include Toronto International Film Festival, IFFR Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand, Karlovy-Vary Film Festival, Midnight Sun Film Festival, CPH:DOX IDFA Amsterdam and Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage.

Ars Fennica Award 2015 was presented to Mika Taanila.

Return of The Atom, a documentary feature directed by Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015. Tectonic Plate, a cameraless lettrist feature premiered in February 2016 at 66. International Berlin Filmfestspiele.

Mika Taanila is represented by balzer projects.

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Selected filmography:

  • Tectonic Plate (2016, 74 min)
  • Return of The Atom (2015, 110 min, co-dir. with Jussi Eerola)
  • SSEENNSSEESS (2013, 55 min, live music by Circle)
  • My Silence (2013, 15 min)
  • Six Day Run (2013, 15 min)
  • The Most Electrified Town In Finland (2012, 15 min)
  • Man and Science (2011, 37 sec)
  • Twilight (2010, 6 min)
  • Sommerreise (2006, 3 min)
  • The Zone of Total Eclipse (2006, 6 min)
  • Optical Sound (2005, 6 min)
  • Stimulus Progression (2005, 4 min)
  • Future Is Not What It Used To Be (2002, 52 min)
  • Verbranntes Land (2001, 7 min)
  • A Physical Ring (2002, 4 min)
  • RoboCup99 (2000, 25 min)
  • Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998, 28 min)
  • Pori (1998, 35 min, live music by Circle)
  • Thank You for The Music – A Film about Muzak (1997, 27 min)

 

Selected publications:

  • Karvonen, Kirsti; Siitari Pirkko; Taanila, Mika. Muistikatko / Blackout. Ars Fennica 2015, Helsinki. e-catalogue
  • Stimulus Progression. Taanila, Mika. Apparent-Extent, Köln & Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, 2015. (10 inch vinyl EP)
  • Haapala, Leevi & Kivinen, Kati (eds.). Time Machines. Kiasma, Helsinki, 2013. (monograph) buy online here
  • Musiikkivyöry. Tulemme sokeiksi. Ektro Records, Pori, 2009. (CD)
  • Swissair: Soundtrack for the Film Hermafrodiitit. N&B Research Digest, Helsinki / Moscow, 2008 (download)
  • Taanila, Mika. Aika & aine. Reel23, Amsterdam, 2006. (DVD)
  • Munder, Heike (ed.). Mika Taanila, JRP | Ringier, Zurich, 2005. (monograph)
  • Taanila, Mika (ed.). The Dawn of DIMI. Kinotar/Kiasma, Helsinki, 2003. (DVD)
  • Taanila, Mika (ed.). Erkki Kurenniemi: Äänityksiä / Recordings 1963-1973. Love Records, Helsinki, 2002. (CD)
  • Home, Marko & Taanila, Mika (eds.). Futuro. Tomorrow’s House from yesterday. Desura Books, Helsinki, 2002. (book + DVD) buy online here
  • Taanila, Mika (ed.). 22-Pistepirkko: Off-Road Manual. Bare Bone Business, Helsinki, 1998. (VHS)
  • Nikkilä, Anton & Taanila, Mika (eds.). The Double – Russian Industrial Music and Low-tech Videos. Valtavat Ihmesilmälasit Records, Helsinki, 1993. (VHS) watch trailer
  • Swissair: 15. Joulukuuta 1981. Valtavat Ihmesilmälasit Records, Helsinki, 1981. (cassette) Re-release N&B Research Digest, Helsinki / Moscow, 2009 (download)
  • Musiikkivyöry 1981. Musiikkivyöryn b-osa (ei jatkoa a-osalle). Valtavat Ihmesilmälasit Records, Helsinki. Re-release 2009 Ektro Records, Pori. (cassette)
  • Musiikkivyöry 1980. Musiikkivyöry. Valtavat Ihmesilmälasit Records, Helsinki. Re-release 2009 Ektro Records, Pori. (cassette)