Close Up

22 October 2017: Museum Planet


Mika Taanila presents a selection of his films, two of which focus on his friend and mentor Erkki Kurenniemi. Followed by Taanila in conversation with Maria Palacios Cruz.

Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow
Mika Taanila
1998 | 29 min | Colour | 35mm

Futuro: A new Stance for Tomorrow follows the rise and fall of Futuro: a pre-fabricated house; a product of post-war Finland, reflecting the period’s optimism in technology and attempted subjugation of space.

The Future Is not What it Used to Be
Mika Taanila
2002 | 52 min | Colour | 35mm

The Future Is not What it Used to Be is a biographical portrait of Finnish inventor and pioneer of electronic music and multimedia art, Erkki Kurenniemi. Using never before seen footage from Kurenniemi's own archive, it spans his early experimentations in music, film and electronic art (including his early experimental films on nature, sex and technology).

Mika Taanila
2006 | 3 min | Colour | 16mm

Sommerreise (A Summer Trip) documents the visit Mika Taanila made to Erkki Kurenniemi – the subject of his film The Future Is not What it Used to Be, in his final days.

Part two of our Mika Taanila programme, curated by Stanley Schtinter