Mika Taanila @ Bildrausch Filmfest Basel, May 27 – 31
Mika Taanila (b. 1965) utilises a wide range of artistic forms, from music and video to installation, and from documentaries to experimental film. Pretty much everything you can do with film whether analog or digital can be found in Taanila’s oeuvre of artistic production. At the Bildrausch Filmfest Basel, Switzerland held between May 27 – 31, a majestic selection of Taanila’s work can be seen throughout the festivities.
May 27 – 30: Four short film programmes at Stadtkino Basel with introductions and followed by Q&As
Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998), RoboCup99 (2000) and Future Is Not What It Used To Be (2002) are playful and essayistic documentaries about the Futuro house, Robot football and the pioneer or electronic art, composer and filmmaker Erkki Kurenniemi. A Physical Ring (2002) and The Zone of Total Eclipse (2006) in turn are installations suitable for museums as well as cinema projections. Optical Sound (2005) is a documentation of a piece of music, while Scorched Land (2002) is a music video for the same Kiila piece. The Double – Russian industrial music & low-tech videos (1993), has been realized together with Anton Nikkilä. It is an annotated compilation late Soviet and early Russian music videos – including one of Kirill Preobraženskij, now a star of the international video art.
May 30: Mika Taanila & Circle: SSEENNSSEESS live at Reithalle Kaserne
The Finnish experimental rock band Circle and Mika Taanila create a sensual visual live experience. Located between rock opera and theatrical audiovisual performance, the spectacular show combines glam rock, improvised Metal, Chanson and The Shangri-Las with perfectly timed 16mm film projections.
May 27 – 31: Mika Taanila: My Silence – Exhibition at Balzer Projects
Taanila’s exhibition My Silence contains a single channel video installation and a new text-based work. In his cinematic experimental arrangement of Louis Malle’s classic work My Dinner with Andre (1981), Taanila deletes all scenes with spoken words. What remains is the light, camera movements, gesture, body language, background noise, and silence. The audience is asked to fill in the gaps with their own action. Similarly, Taanila’s latest presents 97 A4 sheets are devoid of dialogue.
May 29: Mika Taanila’s vinyl EP release: “Stimulus Progression” at the Festival Lounge
May 29: Mika Taanila’s DJ-set: ”Filmemacher am Plattenteller: Peter Strickland und Mika Taanila” at the Festival Lounge
May 27 – 31: Display of audio artefacts: ”Strickland-Taanila-Sonic-Station” at the Foyer of Stadtkino Basel
May 30: Artist Talk with Peter Strickland and Mika Taanila at Stadtkino Basel
The conversation is moderated by Olaf Möller.
Bildrausch Filmfest Basel, Switzerland, May 27 – 31, 2015. For further information: http://www.bildrausch-basel.ch/home/