Stimulus Progression 

Mika Taanila

Every day, 160 million people around the world listen to anonymous background muzak. Muzak is a 'scientifically researched' urban folk tradition with a schizophrenic function: it is supposed to be as unnoticeable and undramatic as possible, yet at the same time it is meant to stimulate workers and shoppers. It is meant to be heard, but not listened to. Based on the documentary film 'Thank You for The Music – A Film about Muzak' (1998).

Production Year
2005
Duration
00:05:00
Type
Genre
Original Title
Stimulus Progression
Finnish Title

Stimulus Progression



English Title

Stimulus Progression



Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
No
Sound
Yes
Cast
Mika Taanila (Author), Jussi Eerola (Cinematographer), Mika Taanila (Director), Kinotar OY (Producer), Lasse Saarinen (Producer), Mika Taanila (Script), Anton Nikkilä (Script)
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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.

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