Masterclass: Cameraless Excursions with Mika Taanila

Finnish filmmaker and visual artist Mika Taanila talks about his projects with cameraless and conceptual films.

The session deals with alternative ways of approaching the art of the moving image. Rooted deeply in film history and cinephilia, Taanila’s artistic practice covers a range of techniques, from direct photocopying of film and collage to found footage and even series of cinematic works without moving images. Taanila’s recent experimental feature, “Tectonic Plate”, will be screened as part of the festival programme.

Mika Taanila (b. 1965) lives and works in Helsinki. He is one of the six artists represented in the Nordic Pavilion at the 57th Art Exhibition Biennale de Venezia 2017. His works have been shown at major international group shows, such as the Aichi Triennale (2013), Documenta (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2006) and Berlin Biennale (2004). Solo shows include balzerprojects, Basel (2016, 2017); Kiasma, Helsinki (2013-14); CAM, St. Louis (2013); Badischer Kunstverein (2008) and Migrosmuseum, Zurich (2005). In 2015 Taanila was awarded the Ars Fennica prize.

Also in the 2017 programme:

Mika Taanila has also compiled this years Nordisk Panorama collaboration with Malmö Konsthall. The exhibition “Narrative Tremor” looks at the short but rich tradition of experimental film and video art in Finland. The works range from historical celluloid landmarks to analogue video art, and finally to more recent digital gems. The focus here is on cinematic concept, structural approach and sound, rather than on obsessive storytelling. >>Introduction to the exhibition.


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