Mika Taanila, Thank You for The Music, 1997,
24 min, 35mm / Beta SP, 1.85, Dolby SR, color, English dialogue.
Foto: Jussi Eerola
25 July - 07 September 2008
Opening: 24 July 2008, 7 p.m.
On the Spot #4
For On The Spot #4, the Finnish filmmaker Mika Taanila has been invited to present some of his older works along with a new short film in the Lichthof of the Kunstverein. Taanila's films are situated between the genres of documentary and fictional film, and he realizes them with found historical material, experimental approaches or scenes that he films himself. All his works bear witness to his passionate interest for visions of the future and technical utopias in the areas of architecture, design and electronic music. The special appeal of his films lies in their ambivalent mixture of contents oriented towards the future and a visual language which is often historical and nostalgic.
Taanila's films have already been shown in numerous international exhibitions such as the Istanbul Biennale, the berlin biennale or the Manifesta in Frankfurt. The widespread presence of his oeuvre is mostly concentrated on individual films, Taanila's works, however, are to be read in relation to each other and as the results of an investigative processe involving several media. The short film "Summer Trip," to be shown for the first time in the Kunstverein, is based on the film from 2002 "The Future Is Not What It Used To Be," a portrait of the pioneer of Finnish electronic music Erkki Kurenniemi. A further central focus of the exhibition is "Futuro-A New Stance for Tomorrow" (1998), which is certainly Taanila's best-known film and depicts the rise and fall of the Futuro House that was designed by the Finnish architect Matti Suuronen as a vision of the nineteen-sixties. The Badischer Kunstverein is pleased to be presenting Mika Taanila's films in a first solo exhibition in Germany.
Mika Taanila (* 1965 in Helsinki / FI) lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Helsinki. Since 1993 he has been teaching at The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Exhibitions (selection): PS 1, New York City / US (2008), Centre de photographies actuelles, Montréal / CAN ( solo show 2007), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art / US, at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Amsterdam / NL (solo show 2006/07), Shanghai Biennale / CN (2006), Migrosmuseum for contemporary art, Zurich / CH (solo show 2005), the 3rd Berlin Biennale / D (2004) , Museum of contemporary art, Helsinki / FI (solo show 2002), Manifesta 4, Frankfurt a. M./ D (2002), 7th Istanbul Biennale / TR (2001).
After the opening our bar in the corridor of the Kunstverein will be opened. The DJ duo 'Brigitte S. Droege' is going to present a music-compilation from Chanson to Elektropop.
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