The latest short film by Mika Taanila, Patent No. 314805 (2020), will be screened at Experimental Film & Video Festival Seoul, held from August 1–14 in South Korea. The film is screened in the thematic programme EX-Choice 12 in IndieSpace on Sunday, August 2, at 19:00.
Patent No. 314805 premiered in the international competition of International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The short film is an experimental composition on how the Finnish engineer Eric Tigerstedt solved the dilemma of sound-on-film already before World War I. All images and sounds are produced from the surviving test materials originally created in 1914.
Mika Taanila (s. 1965) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with documentaries, experimental film and visual arts. Human engineering, utopias, failures and man-machines are recurring themes in his films and installations. Taanila’s works have been shown at major international group shows, such as Venice Biennale (Nordic Pavilion 2017), Aichi Triennale (2013), dOCUMENTA (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Berlin Biennale (2004), Manifesta (2002) and Istanbul Biennial (2001). Solo shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2013–14), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2013), TENT, Rotterdam (2013) and Galleria Heino, Helsinki (2010). Taanila’s short films have been screened altogether at more than 300 international film festivals and special events. In 2015, Taanila was awarded with the prestigious Ars Fennica Award, the biggest Finnish art award.
Experimental Film & Video Festival Seoul, August 1–14 2020, South Korea
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