MIKA TAANILA
works | about | cv 
Born 1965 in Helsinki, Finland. Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.


EDUCATION
1985 – 1988 
Studies in Anthropology, Department of Culture Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
1992
 Diploma in Crafts and Design, Institute of Design and Fine Arts, Lahti, Finland


EXHIBITIONS (SOLO)
2017
Selected Works (Title TBA) | Konsthallen | Sandviken | Sweden
Film After Film (ceaseless motion is followed by inexorable darkness) | Whitechapel Gallery | London
The Earth Who Fell to Man | Salon Dahlmann | Berlin
Cabinet No.7 | The Earth Who Fell to Man| balzer projects | Basel
Memoria esterna | Rita Urso/Artopia | Milan

2016
Tectonic Plate screening | Milano Film Festival | Milan
Tectonic Plate screening | Edinburgh Film Festival | Scotland
Kirjailijan Valinta (“Authors’s Choice”) | Sysmä | Finland
Action Films | balzer projects | Basel
My Silence | Moving Image Art Fair | New York
Tectonic Plate screening | Kiasma Theatre | Helsinki
66th Tectonic Plate (world premiere) | Berlinale Forum Expanded | Berlin
2015
Blackout | Hämeenlinna Art Museum | Finland
My Silence | balzer projects | Basel, Switzerland
Silence – Fiction | FISH Gallery | Helsinki
2014
Stimulus Progression (Köln) | Temporary Gallery | Cologne, Germany

Aikakoneita / Time Machines | Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art In Helsinki | Finland
2013
My Silence | Forum Box | Helsinki | Finland

Tomorrow’s New Dawn | CAM, Museum of Contemporary Art | St. Louis, USA
The Most Electrified Town In Finland | TENT | Rotterdam | The Netherlands
2010
Installaatioita | Galleria Heino | Helsinki | Finland

2008
On The Spot #4 | Badischer Kunstverein | Karlsruhe | Germany

2007 Zone d’éclipse totale | Dazibao | Centre de photographies actuelles | Montréal | Canada
Lost and Found | S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst | Belgium
2006
Valotuksia / Exposures | Galleria Heino | Helsinki | Finland

Une histoire saccadée | Institut finlandais | Paris | France (together with Erkki Kurenniemi)
2005
Human Engineering | Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst | Zürich | Switzerland (catalogue)
Hotel Futuro | Spacex Gallery | Exeter | United Kingdom
2004
The Future Is Not What It Used To Be | HTTP:// Gallery | London | United Kingdom

2002 Fysikaalinen rengas / A Physical Ring, Kontti | Kiasma The Museum of Contemporary Art | Helsinki


EXHIBITIONS (GROUP)

2017
“Oi maamme!” | Kuopio Art Museum| Finland.
Mirrored | 57th Bienale di Venezia, Nordic Pavilion | Venice
2016
Return of the Atom | Tampere Film Festival | Finland
Tectonic Plate screening at Tampere Biennale | Finland
Ambivalence of dawn – vom Prinzip der Verheissung | Kunst Raum Riehen | Switzerland
XXXI Mänttä Art Festival | Finland
2015
Notes from Technotopia | Bradford University Gallery II | United Kingdom

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Muzak | Nieuwe Vide | Haarlem | The Netherlands

Powers That Be | Station Independent Projects | New York City | USA

Typemotion: Type as Image in Motion | National Museum of Fine Arts | Taichung | Taiwan

What It Is To Come Has Already Arrived | Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León | Spain
2014
Typemotion: Type as Image in Motion | FACT Liverpool | United Kingdom

Typemotion: Type as Image in Motion | National Gallery of Art | Vilnus | Lithuania
Society Acts. The Moderna Exhibition |  Moderna Museet Malmö | Sweden
2014
Parallax | Laboratorio Arte Alameda | Mexico City | México
Post Script | De Gouvernestraat | Rotterdam | The Netherlands
A Group Exhibition of Artists’ Film | Carroll / Fletcher | London | United Kingdom
Systemics #3. Against the idea of growth, towards poetry (or, how to build a universe that doesn’t fall apart two days later) | Aarhus Kunsthal | Denmark
Schriftfilme | ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art | Karlsruhe, Germany
2013
Vilkettä ja tajunnanvirtaa | Kerava Art Museum | Finland
Aichi Triennale | Nagoya | Japan

Social Videoscapes from the North Looking to the World and Viceversa Elverket | Tammisaari | Finland
Systemics Series #1 Certain peculiar things and ideas often failed, or on humans, machines, and running algorithms | Kunsthal Aarhus | Denmark
2012
dOCUMENTA (13) | Kassel | Germany

Architektonika | Hamburger Bahnhof | Berlin, Germany
La chanson | Sevilla Museum of Contemporary Art | Spain
2011
Arctic Hysteria: TranceStates, Visions, and Hallucinations in Contemporary Finnish Art | Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art | Vaasa | Finland
2009
Arctic Hysteria: TranceStates, Visions, and Hallucinations in Contemporary Finnish Art | Kunsthalle Helsinki | Ludwig Museum Finland | Budapest, Hungary
2008
Arctic Hysteria: TranceStates, Visions, and Hallucinations in Contemporary Finnish Art | P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center | New York City | USA
Des usages de la technologie, Quatre artistes finlandais | Espace multimédia gantner, Bourogne, France | New Stance for Tomorrow, Sketch Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Image And After | Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki | Finland
2007
Eclipse | RAM Gallery | The Netherlands

2006
Ear Appeal | Kunsthalle | Vienna | Austria

Hyper Design | The 6th Shanghai Biennale | Shanghai Art Museum | China
Thank You For The Music | Gallery Sprüth Magers Lee | London | United Kingdom
Lustforlife | The Breeder Gallery Athens | Tracking the Traces, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Canada
Music for People | Dundee Center for Contemporary Art | United Kingdom
2005
Electrohype | The 3rd Nordic Biennial for Computer Based and High Tech Art | Konstmuseum Gothenburg, Sweden | Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
2004
Situations construites, Attitudes | Space for Contemporary Arts | Geneva, Switzerland | Ipeg.image.sound.machine, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

3rd Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art | KW Institute for Contemporary Art | Berlin |Germany
Heavy Snowflakes | Exteresa Space for Contemporary Art | Mexico City, Mexico | Capacete Entretenimentos, Escola de Cinema e Audiovisual Darcy Ribeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires – MAMbA, Argentina | Museo de Arte de Lima, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
2003
SonarMatica 10 Years | Sonar, International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Arts | Barcelona, Spain | Prophetic Corners, The 6th Periferic Biennial, Polytechnic Museum, Iasi, Romania
Todos somos pecadores | Arte Nórdico Contemporáneo | El museo de Arté Contemporáneo | Monterrey, Mexico |
Transparente: interni e esterni, Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee, Rome, Italy
Media City 9 | Artcite Inc. Gallery | Ontario | Canada
2002
Radar | Tyco Brahe Planetarium | Copenhagen, Denmark
Ars Electronica / Cyberarts 2002 | O.K. Centrum für Gegenwartskunst | Linz, Austria

Viva Helsinki | Sonar, International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Arts | Barcelona, Spain
Manifesta 4 | European Biennial of Contemporary Art | Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Whirlpool And Surfaces | Art Moscow | Central House of Artists | Moscow, Russia

Popcorn and Politics | Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art | Helsinki, Finland
2001
The 7th International Istanbul Biennial | Imperial Mint | Hagia Eirene Museum | Turkey
Entropy in The Living Room | Stadtgalerie Kiel | Germany

Les Années Pop | Centre Pompidou | Paris, France

Vision & Reality | Lousiana Art Museum | Copenhagen, Denmark
2000
Alien Intelligence | Kiasma | Helsinki
, Finland
1999
The Day of The Donkey Day | Transmission Gallery | Glasgow | Scotland, United Kingdom


COLLECTIONS
Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art | Japan
Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst | Zürich | Switzerland
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art | Helsinki

Valtion taideteostoimikunta  Kuopio Art Museum | Finland
Pro Artibus Foundation | Finland
Private collections in Finland and Germany.


FILMOGRAPHY
Tectonic Plate (2016, 74 min)
Return of The Atom (2015, 110 min, co-dir. with Jussi Eerola)
SSEENNSSEESS (2013, 55 min, live music by Circle)
My Silence (2013, 15 min)
Six Day Run (2013, 15 min)
The Most Electrified Town In Finland (2012, 15 min)
Man and Science (2011, 37 sec)
Twilight (2010, 6 min)
Sommerreise (2006, 3 min)
The Zone of Total Eclipse (2006, 6 min)
Optical Sound (2005, 6 min)
Stimulus Progression (2005, 4 min)
Future Is Not What It Used To Be (2002, 52 min)
Verbranntes Land (2001, 7 min)
A Physical Ring (2002, 4 min)
RoboCup99 (2000, 25 min)
Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow (1998, 28 min)
Pori (1998, 35 min, live music by Circle)
Thank You for The Music – A Film about Muzak (1997, 27 min)


PUBLICATIONS
Stimulus Progression. Taanila, Mika. Apparent-Extent, Köln & Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, 2015.
Haapala, Leevi & Kivinen, Kati (eds.). Time Machines. Kiasma, Helsinki, 2013. (monograph)
Musiikkivyöry. Tulemme sokeiksi. Ektro Records, Pori, 2009.
Swissair: Soundtrack for the Film Hermafrodiitit. N&B Research Digest, Helsinki / Moscow, 2008
Taanila, Mika. Aika & aine. Reel23, Amsterdam, 2006.
Munder, Heike (ed.). Mika Taanila, JRP | Ringier, Zurich, 2005.
Taanila, Mika (ed.). The Dawn of DIMI. Kinotar/Kiasma, Helsinki, 2003.
Home, Marko & Taanila, Mika (eds.). Futuro. Tomorrow’s House from yesterday. Desura Books, Helsinki, 2002.
Taanila, Mika (ed.). 22-Pistepirkko: Off-Road Manual. Bare Bone Business, Helsinki, 1998. (VHS)
Nikkilä, Anton & Taanila, Mika (eds.). The Double – Russian Industrial Music and Low-tech Videos. Valtavat Ihmesilmälasit Records, Helsinki, 1993. (VHS) 
Swissair: 15. Joulukuuta 1981. Valtavat Ihmesilmälasit Records, Helsinki, 1981. (cassette) Re-release N&B Research Digest, Helsinki / Moscow, 2009
Musiikkivyöry 1981. Musiikkivyöryn b-osa (ei jatkoa a-osalle). Valtavat Ihmesilmälasit Records, Helsinki. Re-release 2009 Ektro Records, Pori.
Musiikkivyöry 1980. Musiikkivyöry. Valtavat Ihmesilmälasit Records, Helsinki. Re-release 2009 Ektro Records, Pori.